First Look: The Interval Bar & Long Now SalonBy Virginia Miller | June 11, 2014 By Virginia Miller | June 11, 2014
The Interval opens Sunday, June 15, right next door to Greens in Fort Mason. By day, it's a cafe, serving Sightglass coffee and Samovar tea, and a workspace and museum for the Long Now Foundation, a leading nonprofit in the world of thought and long-term thinking. By night, it's a bar and salon, aiming to stimulate discussion and community and helmed by bar manager Jennifer Colliau (Slanted Door Group, Small Hand Foods). Besides drinks with a historic and futuristic context, another exciting part of the project coming soon is limited-edition gin and whiskey barrels distilled by St. George Spirits and Lance Winters, who is also involved in the project.
You feel intellectually stimulated just walking into the space. High ceilings are lined with the essential books needed "to restart civilization" — eventually to exceed 3,000 — and a twisty staircase. The Foundation's much-discussed, Swiss-designed chalkboard robots will soon be assembled, able to write on a large chalkboard hanging next to the bar with another to assist behind the bar(!). Morphing light artwork behind the bar changes slowly, so that it's never the same configuration twice. You'll find seats at the bar, a communal table and two high-backed booths, as well as an intimate, booth-lined room gazing out across the Bay at Golden Gate Bridge.
We snagged a first taste of some of Colliau's thoughtful drink creations, grouped into eight sections of about five-six cocktails each, including an entire martini menu, a menu of variations on the Brooklyn (a whiskey-based classic drink made with dry vermouth and maraschino), a teetotaling/temperate menu with nonalcoholic offerings, and more, outlined in our slide show below. The museum and cafe is open daily from 10 AM-5 PM. Bar hours run 5 PM-12 AM. 2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason Building A; 415-561-6582