An exceptionally stylish supper club, civilized speakeasy, a sophisticated saloon. Each of these "personae" is housed in a soaring two-story interior ... More
An exceptionally stylish supper club, civilized speakeasy, a sophisticated saloon. Each of these "personae" is housed in a soaring two-story interior distinguished by a gently curving mahogany bar, fluted columns with ornate capitals, stunning original art, plush banquettes, cozy booths, starched linens, glittering glasses, and polished flatware. Overall, the ambiance is pure 1930's and 1940's - tasteful art moderne reminiscent of the glory days of Cunard and French Line ships. Fashionable and glamorous are the hallmarks. Trendy is simply not a part of the BIX culture. The clientele at BIX ranges from San Francisco movers-and-shakers to "savvy travelers" - owner Doug Biederbeck's term for the many diners in the know from out of town who patronize his establishment. All of them step from the featureless alley into another world - a world of superb cookery and libations, of sparkling service, of stylish nostalgia, of polished live jazz. That world is BIX.
On three trips, we have eaten here ach time.
The atmosphere is warm and busy, with a nice buzz. There was a piano player, and the staff is great. The building was an 1800's gold assayers office, and it is literally in an alley. The first time we went there, it was foggy and dark, with a neon light down the alley; it felt like entering a speakeasy.
The food is always good, but we have not yet tried the chicken hash (we were told that it is a signature dish).
Bix is fun, the food is great, and you can't miss by choosing it.
very retro hip place- closely fashioned after the 20's speak-easys- without trying too hard to be hip. Decor is also decked in a dark steak house looking wood grain. Certainly a stylish addition to SF nightlife/restaurants. Drinks were a bit overpriced- but thats expected. No great kudos to bartenders or serving staff either (outfits and style remind one of the Tadich Grill), but maybe thats part of the shtick.
Only friendly person at this place was the hostess. Very snotty and rude waiter, watch how they add your bill, bartender didn't want to acknowledge because he might have to serve, and manager was huffy because a blind person had their guide dog. They definately don't want blind people in their restaurant to spoil the uppity atmosphere. It could have been a wonderful experience for a blind womans birthday, but unfortunately was not. Would only go back on a warm evening to sit outside for drinks as the location and buiding have a wonderful European feel. To bad it's not run well.
It's hidden, but wow, when you get into Bix, it's just the coolest thing inside. Not to mention, the drinks are great. I had the Kobe beef steak when I was there. Talk about to die for. I'd definitely recommend this place.
This place is breathtaking upon entry, with its vaulted ceilings and mountains of ice upon which sit large martini glasses... but my well-dressed, baseball-hat wearing friend was asked to remove his chapeau, and that really chafed my hide. We were in the bar section, drinking scotch, and this is California! People should be allow to wear baseball caps and drink scotch in a nice bar. My opinion.
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