Jones and The Public Works Both Set to Open Friday

The terrace at Jones, with Geary down below, at left.
The terrace at Jones, with Geary down below, at left. Photo: Urban Daddy

Just in time for the warm weather, Jones (620 Jones Street) is opening this Friday in the lower level of the historic Gaylord Suites, complete with a huge outdoor terrace that overlooks Geary Street that Urban Daddy is calling “S.F.’s biggest rooftop lounge.” The team behind the place is Peter Glikshtern and Jeff Whitmore, who co-own Mighty, and they also happen to be simultaneously opening another venue in the Mission: The Public Works (161 Erie, near Mission). While Jones is more of an “adult” environment — with an after-work focus, and a food program from Oola chef Ola Fendert which starts in a couple of weeks, including brunch — the Public Works is a nightclub and gallery space, with several rooms that make it adaptable for parties both huge and small.

They also have what amounts to a mini-sub-station in the building powering the lights and sound system, which Whitmore says was originally used by a covert, federal government-sponsored medical marijuana grow house back in the 90s. The Public Works opening party on Friday, September 24 features a bevy of DJs, and an art opening to kick things off from 6 to 10 p.m. — dancing goes ‘til 3 a.m.

Grub Street broke news of both Jones and The Public Works a few months back, and these two openings mark the first new entries into the S.F. nightlife scene for 2010. And given what a reputation our city has for being a hard-drinking, hard-partying place (so much so that the Board of Supervisors wants to tax our booze), it’s about time we had someplace new to go, right? Update: Jones’ Friday opening is more of a neighborhood preview, with the soft opening date on October 8, and the grand opening around the 15th.

SF’s Biggest Rooftop Lounge [Urban Daddy]
Earlier: Check Out the Terrace at Jones, a New Tenderloin Lounge Opening This Summer [Grub Street]
Oola Chef Ola Fendert to Do Menu for Jones [Grub Street]
Owners of Mighty to Open New Venue: The Public Works [Grub Street]

Jones and The Public Works Both Set to Open Friday