EAT DRINK FILMS | BY JULIE LINDOW | JANUARY 30, 2016
"It is not just a bar but a place where writers come to sit by the window in the late afternoon, sipping 100 Reasons Rye and writing their latest novels; where acoustic musicians play jazz from the ‘30s and ‘40s, and art deco society members give lectures on architecture and fashion. Tourists are delighted when they find the S.F. gem, and the neighbor down the street, an elderly man in a fedora, strolls in as if it were his home. It is a space where every detail has been thought through, from the coat hooks on the walls and the handbag hooks below the bar, to the vintage logo matchbooks and the vintage glassware that the owners found at the Alameda auction and various second-hand shops."
First Look: Stookey's Club Moderne Brings the 1930's Downtown
ZAGAT | BY VIRGINIA MILLER | FEBRUARY 4, 2015
"...historic details and art deco touches, from light fixtures to porthole windows on the doors, evoke a sophisticated era of Thin Man cocktail parties and Gable and Lombard romance. Their attention to period detail will warm retro buffs but the friendly staff in white jackets and black bow ties and cheery space welcome anyone stopping in for a drink."
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cocktails
HUFFPOST LIFESTYLE | BY COLIN McQUISTAN | AUGUST 12, 2015
"On a recent trip to San Francisco I had the pleasure of visiting a most intriguing cocktail bar run by a Mr Timothy Snookey, a veteran of the City’s bar scene. Tim now runs the excellently styled Stookey’s Club Moderne in the center of town and before I drank myself into a coma one evening I suggested he might want to fill me in about all this cocktail business, old-school style.
Cocktails pair with post-Prohibition flavor at Stookey’s Club Moderne
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE | BY LOU BUSTAMANTE | AUGUST 20, 2015
“When entering Stookey’s Club Moderne, we want patrons to feel a hint of the magic of stepping back in time,” says owner and bartender Tim Stookey.
And indeed you do, except that instead of crossing into the age of speakeasies, as has been the trend with many local cocktail bars, Club Moderne ushers you into the post-Prohibition golden era of the 1930s and 1940s. The decor, furniture, music and architectural accents are straight from the Streamline Moderne design period, an evolution of Art Deco that sought to remove some of the ornamental elements and instead focus on form and function.
While the Great Depression shifted industrial design toward austerity, cocktails of this time were more like hopeful daydreams. The menu at Stookey’s Club Moderne is flush with these classic drinks, from Aviations to Corpse Revivers, but it’s the 20th Century Cocktail that captures this optimistic extravagance.
Named after a luxury overnight train that ran between Chicago and New York, the 20th Century reads like a hodgepodge of boxcars — lemon juice, Kina Lillet (more herbal and bitter than the common Lillet Blanc) and crème de cacao — all pulled by a gin-fueled engine. Stookey’s steady hand engineers a sleek and opulent ride, and keeps the complex drink from becoming a train wreck.
Each sip is vibrant and lush, with the cacao and Kina winding around each other’s dark and dusky flavors, but kept on the rails by just enough acidity and sweetness.
WWW.LIQUOR.COM | BY LIZA B. ZIMMERMAN | MAY 21, 2015
"Style and substance are everything at Stookey’s. Stookey brought in preservation director Lynn Harrison, from the Art Deco Society of California, to design the venue—and it is stunning. It has high ceilings, blue walls and big portals on the bathroom doors, as if you were rocking on a ship.
The bartenders, both female and male, wear tuxes and Stookey himself purchased a vintage collection of 1930s ties for them to trot out nightly. - Read more at: http://scl.io/g6VaeLL8#gs.fgyqkJQ"