Josh Harris and Morgan Schick are already legends on the San Francisco bar scene—the brains behind fixtures like the Bon Vivants and Trick Dog. Now, the duo just set sail on their next adventure. This week, BVHospitality, their management company, swung open the doors of Bon Voyage! (584 Valencia Street, San Francisco) the much-awaited 1950’s global adventurer inspired cocktail bar.
Located in the Mission District, the new space features plenty of familiar faces. GM Kimberly Rosselle and Bar Manager Elliot Clark are both Trick Dog alumnus. Chef Wilder Marroquin logged time at Betelnut, China Live, and Ozumo.
Then, there’s that Royal Geographic Society vibe. “When brainstorming ideas, we kept coming up with the narrative of a guy who lives in a hotel and travels throughout Southeast Asia and Africa in the 1950s, moving his way across the world, collecting art and mementos from his journey,” explained Harris in a statement. “He then ends up in 1970s Palm Springs, where he buys a house to fill with his worldly treasures and throws killer disco cocktail parties and serves Chinese food.”
In keeping with the theme, the menu features some properly Western-expat-abroad classics (updated, of course) like The Singapore Sling (Tanqueray gin, Benedictine, sherry heering, lemon, pineapple and ginger soda & lemon) and Cox’s Boxcar (Don Q Anejo rum, Appleton rum, Worthy Park Overproof rum, Ancho Reyes, Hidalgo PX sherry, coconut mango chutney & lime).
As writers, we’re most excited about the pun filled Collins menu. Variations include the Joan (Ketel One vodka, Chareau, BV! Sour & soda); Bootsy (Santa Teresa rum, BV! Sour, pandan & grapefruit cream soda); Phil (The Botanist gin, Tio Pepe fino sherry, BV! Sour & tonic); and Edwyn (Highland Park Magnus scotch, Drambuie, BV! sour, pineapple & ginger soda).
As we are in the year 2018, the requisite selection of natural wines will be available by the glass or bottle. As the venue is in the Bay Area, the requisite well-developed beer program will also be available; in this case, Oakland’s Ale Industries will be supplying Bon Voyage! Sling Beer, a Kolsch-style brew.
The room will also stay in character featuring “an eccentric mix of colors, textures, objects and artwork that span the globe.” The architectural elements are credited to Wylie Price Design (Ramen Shop, The Progress) and the bar, itself, is the work of Roman Hunt Restoration.
Marroquin’s menu is filled with new takes on Szechuan standards such as Shui-Jiao (spicy Szechuan dumplings), Salt and Pepper Prawns, and Barbeque Pork.
The Fine Print: Bon Voyage! is located at 584 Valencia Street, between 16th & 17th Streets and is open Monday through Friday, from 2:00pm to 2:00am (kitchen opens at 5:00pm), and 12:00pm to 2:00am on Saturdays and Sundays (kitchen opens at 12:00pm).