Welcome to Monarch, the new throne of San Francisco’s nightlife dynasty. This radically remodeled bi-level bar and nightclub located on the edge of SOMA encapsulates the shared vision of four deeply rooted industry veterans: Om Records label owner and founder Chris Smith; two time restaurateur, entrepreneur and award winning beverage director Tadd Cortell; Black Pancake Records owner and Triple Crown founder Manny Alferez/DJ M3; and Fernet Branca ambassador and nightlife event curator Micah Byrnes. Monarch takes over the corner of 6th and Mission as the rare multifunctional venue that is equally suited to an evening of sophisticated lounging and cocktailing, as to a night of music, movement and debauchery. (For butterflies, kings, and everyone in between.
The first floor of Monarch is a ground level bar and lounge that dramatically mingles Steampunk, Victorian and Art Nouveau elements to exude a regal, mythological ambiance. At the entrance an intricate eight-foot partition of copper pipes and magnifying glasses welcomes guests to walk around it, peer through it, and discover the miniature images within. A massive Steampunk inspired sousaphone chandelier illuminates the long, refinished, antique redwood bar. Behind the bar, a fifteen-foot Art Nouveau mural with a massive oak frame peek-a-boos into the private lounge behind. In all, three Victorian-style parlor lounges, abundant in sensuous settees and chaises, create intimate areas around the main bar.