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Dalva’s Bar-Within-a-Bar, The Hideout, Swings Back Open For the First Time In 2.5 Years

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Dalva's Bar-Within-a-Bar, The Hideout, Swings Back Open For the First Time In 2.5 Years

Fans of good cocktails in cozy spaces can rejoice, at long last, over the reopening of Dalva’s Hideout, the separate, semi-secret bar back behind Dalva on 16th Street that hasn’t welcomed guests since early 2020.

Eater caught the news of the reopening this week — though unfortunately calls the main bar “Davla” — and The Hideout made the announcement on Instagram that tonight is the night of the big reopening, starting at 8 p.m. (Though Dalva opens earlier, the Hideout never opened much before 7 or 7:30 back in the day.)

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Dalva is one of the OGs in the Mission bar scene as we know it, having opened in the pre-dot-com era of 1993, back when Bill Clinton was president and The Slanted Door was still on Valencia Street around the corner.

The larger bar underwent a major pandemic renovation and reopened in January, with owner Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud telling Eater that he brought in partner Eric Ochoa to help revamp the bar program from top to bottom. Where once it was a bar that served a lot of vodka sodas and whiskey-gingers, it now has a whole new look and serves things like The New Wave Fix — a mix of Italian gin, French wine, pineapple, and coconut Chartreuse.

The Hideout, which debuted amid a larger craft cocktail renaissance across the city in 2007, has long been a beloved late-night pitstop for industry folk and cocktail connoisseurs.

The Hideout also underwent some renovation, but mostly only behind the six-seat bar itself. And the new menu is more of a return to the classics, with a Martini, Manhattan, Negroni, Daiquiri, and Gimlet all featured, along with a Gin Rickey, a Dark & Stormy, and (ugh) a Mojito. Gone are some of the more creative concoctions on the former menu — Ochoa has opted to flip things around, with the more out-of-the-ordinary cocktails featured in the front bar these days, and The Hideout bar staff working with a more limited number of ingredients.

There’s talk of pop-ups happening at the space, and the 40-seat, two-level Hideout is also available for private events.

Reichborn-Kjennerud tells Eater he hopes to see industry folks return for after-work “classic cocktails done with really good booze.”

The Hideout at Dalva — 3121 16th Street, in back — reopens Friday, August 19, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Top image: Photo by Nicola Parisi via Instagram

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