Friday, April 5, 2013

Notes From The City

Happy Hour at Bix

It's Friday afternoon - time for Happy Hour. Here's some jazz to listen to - no it's not a jazz trio but fitting for any retro supper club : Benny Goodman 
In this case Happy Hour turned into dinner - so much the better. It's back to my favorite classic, elegant "supper club" in San Francisco. Here's the view before you turn left onto the little alley way where Bix is located.

Bix was founded in 1988 by Doug Biederbeck, who has a passion for jazz and art.

This is apparent when you walk in to the always crowded establishment and either a jazz trio or pianist is playing, you notice the mural over the bar and substantial paintings scattered throughout and the elegant thirties/forties d├ęcor. My favorite painting which mesmerized me years ago is the painting above called appropriately "The Kiss". I'll leave it up to you to decide how you feel about it.

The other prominent painting that hangs over the piano is "The Butler's in Love - Absinthe". Both these paintings are original paintings by talented artist Mark Stock.  ( A short film was actually made of the latter painting by David Arquette. He and Courtney apparently had their rehearsal dinner at Bix, and he wanted to make a film about the painting.
Bix is well known for their classic cocktails of course. I was with three of my favorite guys - lucky me! and these were their Manhattans. I had a Belvedere Martini. We were going to stop at drinks, however, we ended up crashing a romantic dinner for two. They were family and they didn't seem to mind :),

 and the waiter was nice enough to move us all to a big table - That one on the end up there on the balcony.

This was right by our table. I love the little decorating touches that enhance. These retro shakers and bar books were fun to look at.

Here's an example of one the appetizers. Bone marrow. Yup.  I would show you the pictures of the creamy asparagus soup, lobster pasta, chicken hash, bananas foster, etc. But apparently too many cocktails were consumed because after passing my camera around the table all the pictures came back blurry. Oh well. Delicious food all around, but not inexpensive!

Here's the Bix website. Well worth a visit for dinner or drinks at the bar if you visit San Francisco and brought your nice outfit!

Have a great weekend.


  1. Oh, that was lovely.

    I particularly enjoyed "The Kiss."

    1. Thanks Ray. Glad you enjoyed "The Kiss"