In the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square, a new Mediterranean-inspired bar and lounge called The Post Room is set to open on November 13. Nestled inside the historic Beacon Grand and overlooking the hotel’s grand lobby, the vibrant social venue will serve breakfast through supper every day, with brunch served on weekends and complemented by a dazzling live music program. With European Oak hardwood floors, high ceilings, ornate fixtures and oversized windows filling the space with natural light, The Post Room will serve as a grand stage for premier hospitality.
The name “The Post Room” was inspired by the property’s original glass-front mail chute, which stretches from the 20th floor to the basement, allowing guests to mail postcards to anywhere in the world. Building on the legacy of exquisite sociability and service the property is known for, the next iteration of its lounge concept takes guests through a coastal culinary journey from the northern Italian city of Genoa, through southern France and on to Barcelona in northern Spain. Menu highlights include Spanish Octopus served with lemon preserve, marcona almonds and romesco sauce; Roasted Whole Branzino with artichoke, white beans, and pesto; and Jamón Ibérico and K&J Figs Salad with whipped goat cheese, pistachios and an orange vinaigrette. Curated flatbreads and a fresh-sliced charcuterie selection serve to elevate sharing platters and bridge the gap between informal bar bites and a seated dinner.
The Post Room’s robust cocktail program is similarly designed to transport guests to the magic hour of a Mediterranean sunset. Signature cocktails include The Baron in the Trees, crafted with Luxardo Aperitivo Bianco, Amaro Pasubio, lemon-basil sour, and orange bitters; and the Two Flag Punch, a spin on Picon Punch originally created by 19th Century Basque immigrants to San Francisco, made with a house barreled Amer Picon blend infused with orange peels, grenadine, seltzer, and a float of local Avrae VSOP brandy. Curated wine profiles showcase California vineyards and an extensive bubbles menu offers methode champenoise as well as Spanish cava and Italian prosecco offerings.
“The Post Room is inspired by our hotel’s rich heritage and a remarkable piece of history that connects us with the world,” says Lance Razon, director of food & beverage for Beacon Grand. “We’re sourcing the best ingredients from near and far, bringing a global perspective to our menu while also celebrating California’s culinary traditions.”
The 418-room hotel also houses the Hidden Library, an intimate space with book-lined walls and leather couches, offering select productions and vintages of bourbon, single malts, and ryes served neat, in flights, or crafted as classic “three-ingredient” cocktails. Throughout the year, guests can indulge in a rotating Wine Dinner Series which features regional wines paired with farm-to-table menus. Experts in the art of hospitality, the hotel’s Social Hosts serve as a guide to Downtown’s ever-evolving culinary landscape where a heritage of fine food and iconic bars form an integral part of the local culture.
Beacon Grand is located at 450 Powell St. San Francisco, CA 94102.