Harry Denton has been the maven of sophisticated San Francisco nightlife for over 20 years. His club, perched on the 21st ... More
Harry Denton's Starlight Room
Harry Denton has been the maven of sophisticated San Francisco nightlife for over 20 years. His club, perched on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel is a glamorous place to enjoy top-shelf liquors, such as Hennessy Paradis Cognac or a Remy Martin Extra, colorful cocktails, panoramic views of the city and beyond, as well as live music. Experience classic cocktail service in 1930s-inspired decadence, along with dripping-with-crystal chandeliers and voluptuous flower arrangements. The stand-up Biedermeier-style bar can accommodate the most expensive tastes, such as Dom Perignon Rose. A light-fare menu is also available; it's gourmet, of course.
You may think that you are walking into a classy lounge but surprise... First thing was the cover charge which is truly not a big deal, but indicative of the experience to come. Most establishments worthy of a top-notch rating are not concerned with cover charges. Once past the door hounds, we attempted to get a table. Do not expect to eat after 10PM. We were told tables were reserved, though many (more than 5) tables were not occupied. Another sign of trying too hard to appear as a high demand nightspot (similar to those clubs having a long line outside for appearing to be busy inside). We were placed on the "standby list." We proceeded to the bar. Our bartender, Eric, attended to us after a while. He did make some great martinis. We then decided to make our way to the dancefloor. Very crowded, a good thing because the band was enjoyable. On breaks, the DJ came on... He was definitely on something... Very very very old music. Music made for clientele who played in the movie Cocoon. We went back toward the bar. It was a couple of hours later, approx midnight. Tables were still empty. We noticed a well-dressed older couple standing at a counter with a bottle of champagne in a plastic bucket. Wow! Couldn't management have offered them a table. Again, lack of attention to detail. We tried to get a couple more martinis, this time Eric took his sweet time attending to us. Anyway, NOT RECOMMENDED.
What a fantastic experience. It was a Saturday night and the first night of our vacation. Very swank and comfortable at the same time. It gives you the feeling that you are at a private party! Exquisite detail right down to the flowers!! I even got a quick photo with the big man himself. What a vibrant individual!!
We arrived at 7PM and wre informed that all tables were reserved at 8PM, but we were welcome to stay and have a drink. 5 hours later and after some superb entertainment, we left. This was a highlight of our visit. The 7 piece band really had the place rocking. Very nice.
Festing on the best views Sisco has to offer I found myself pressed between two broads with very little to offer...just another night in Timbucktoo...that was until, Harry the "One Man Band" Denton entered the equation. Outrageously loud clapping, dances with a bottle of Chatreuse, more friends (um) than a sport star...he has it all. My advice is to get 5 minutes of the mans time and remember to take what he says on board....afterall, he "lives alone."
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