There’s no sign out front, so look for big wooden doors, push through, leave the gritty streets of the Tenderloin behind, and you’ll soon find yourself in an upscale rec room with a flashy, mid-century modern club feel.
You’ll enter into the dining room, which is furnished—as all good dining rooms are—with its own bar. If you like being in libraries (in this case, where books are replaced by records), stay here and slide into the lumberjack flannel or faux cowhide booths, and order small plates like the P.B.L.T. (where the P.B. stands for pork belly), or the larger Lamb Shank.
You could also beeline to the marble-topped main bar for cocktails like Drink #5 (Mezcal Paloma) or the Drink #10 (Blood and Sand). Then take over a section of the tufted, leather wraparound sofa.
Of course, when the weather’s cooperating (which includes when the heat lamps are on full blast), head straight to the poolside cabanas and go from there.
Poolside cabanas win every time.
Chambers is the poolside booze-and-food spot (from the couple behind Mighty and Wish) in the Phoenix Hotel, sporting a new woodsy library-like decor augmented with walls of LPs, lumberjack plaid furnishings, and two booze-backed bars that'll sling 11 super-simple signature cocktails.