Back in the Prohibition Era of San Francisco, 430 Mason Street was a space called The Cable Car Theater. Below The Cable Car Theatre was a restaurant called Cafe Dans. In actuality, Cafe Dans was not a restaurant, but a speakeasy that could be accessed only by a savvy few that would push a secret wall that would lead you to a playground slide. This slide would take you below street level where one could indulge in illicit gambling and the drinking of bootleg whiskey and spirits. In an era of secret codes and handshakes, the speakeasy was a hidden subculture of nightlife.
Beyond the restored turn- of- the- century doors, the Slide lobby reveals a custom made, serpentine slide designed by Doug Gorley of Playground designs, but dont fret, stairs are an option for the less adventuresome. Once inside, old world San Francisco elegance has been reborn thanks to the collaboration of Pamela Pennington Studios (Ruby Skye) and Terra Nova Industries (Ruby Skye, Farallon, Niebaum Coppola). Slide is modern and sophisticated but is also reminiscent of the age of gangsters, flappers and bootleg revelry of years past.
Outfitted in over 8,000 square feet of mahogany, Slide features a honey-onyx backlit bar, custom brown and blue hardwood floors, pillowed porcelain bathroom walls and copper accents. Booth seating in chocolate brown and baby blue are available for Bottle Service.
A baby grand piano (a la prohibition circa 1920’s) has been stylized into a modern dj system. Drop a tip in the jar to tickle the keys and play your favorite tune whether it be mash-up, hip hop, down-tempo grooves, R&B or an eclectic mash of one of those great Rat-Pack hits.
This underground adult playground is also a perfect setting for socializing: either after work or before the theatre, as well as private social and corporate events. Our in house catering team is headed by Executive Chef who brings a wealth of experience and global influences to the modern interpretations. Slide is in a class all by itself with its beauty, history and innovative menu choices as well as our careful attention to every detail. Our experienced sales staff can assist you with any request you may have to ensure the complete success of your special occasion.