News About Starlight Room

Glitz & Glama: The Bay Area's Most Dazzling Drag Shows
7x7 | June 22, 2017

While it may be a favorite of tourists and bachelorette parties, the Sunday's A Drag brunch at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel never fails to entertain—it's been around for more than a decade for a reason.


In the Call It What it Is category, the Reverse Martini at San Francisco’s Starlight Room pumps up the white vermouth alongside a short pour of Spirit Works vodka, distilled right up the road in Sonoma County. 

The Big Gay To-Do: 50 Ways to Do Pride Right
7x7| June 4, 2018

Buffets and butch queens? Sign us up! Starting this upcoming Sunday, and continuing every Sunday until mid-November, enjoy brunch and a show...

Category Is: West Coast Girls
Fodor’s Travel | June 1, 2018

Go west, young drag fan. Whether you’re a lifetime drag enthusiast or a RuPaul’s Drag Race newbie, there’s a lot to learn about the wide world of drag.

19 Hotel Bars Worth a Visit in San Francisco
Eater SF | April 24, 2018

It’s one of just a few top-story bars left, and the view can not be beat. 


Where to see drag shows in the Bay Area
SFGate | April 23, 2017

Before bottomless mimosa brunches, there was the "Sunday's a Drag" breakfast and drag spectacle in Sir Francis Drake's Starlight Room.

Why Bartenders Across the Country Are Obsessed with Rakij
Tasting Table | March 29, 2017

...the Starlight Room in San Francisco mixes rakija with Amaro Montenegro and espresso.

Drink amongst the clouds at these sky-high Bay Area bars
SFGate | March 10, 2017 know The Starlight Room, the self-styled "Grande Dame of San Francisco nightlife" is still a city classic, with velvet red curtains, chandeliers, and a strict dress code. It doesn't take itself too seriously, though; for brunch on Sundays, the windows are blacked out for drag performances.

How Drag Queens Do Breakfast
Time Inc. Extra Crispy | February 13, 2017

I’m drawn to drag as much as the next Bay Area Mary. It’s escapism at its best: beautiful people singing in fabulous getups. Sunday’s a Drag brunch at the Starlight Room means I can have my sausage and music all in one afternoon.

Thrillist SF | April 6, 2017
Unlike most spots on this list, this SF institution is likely not in your usual Saturday-night-out circuit (although please introduce yourself if it is). Still you haven’t truly lived or experienced romance until you’ve twirled someone on the gorgeous Art Deco dance floor under the mirrored ceiling set 21 floors up.

Bartenders Share Their Favorite And Least Favorite Cocktails to Mix
Uproxx | March 23, 2017
Love to make: This might be silly but I really love making Shandies right now.
Hate to make: It really just depends on how busy I am. I honestly just enjoy putting drinks together, period.

Haute Top 5: Nightclubs in San Francisco in 2017
Haute Living SF | March 8, 2017
There are gorgeous 360-views of the city and a fun DJ. It’s almost always packed with tourists and locals looking to have a fabulous time. The cool thing... is that many of San Francisco’s top bartenders have gotten their start at its happening bar...

The 10 Best Rooftop Bars And Restaurants in San Francisco
The Culture Trip | February 9, 2017
Offering 360° city views, the vintage lounge has old decor with red velvet curtains and booths with tall backings. The nightclub... provides nightly entertainment with live music and drag performances on Sundays for brunch. 

Top 10 Cocktails for Summer
Zagat SF | July 6, 2015
Honoring cocktail classics and drinks created by many of the legendary barstaff who have worked at Starlight Room over the decades, Hall's initial menu offers a little something for everyone.

Where to Mother's Day Brunch in SF
Thrillist | May 6, 2015
Sixty dollars doesn’t just get you brunch; it also gets you a ticket to one of the best drag shows -- and a quintessential San Francisco experience -- 21 floors up.

Metal Rock Bachelor Party Takes Over Starlight Room
Tablehopper | March 3, 2015
Bay Area resident and Metallica drummer ~Lars Ulrich~ celebrated his bachelor party in style on Saturday night (he is marrying model Jessica Miller). According to People, the groom began his evening at Lucky Strike lanes in SoMa, and then made his way to The Starlight Room for vodka tonics and Stella Artois.

21 Best Things to do in San Francisco
Huffington Post | February 19, 2015
“Go to the Starlight Room for the best Sunday Brunch and drag show you’ve ever seen.”

Where to Drink with Your Out-of-Town Family
SF Eater | November 17, 2014
Enjoy a classy cocktail high above the hustle and bustle of Union Square. An old world vibe, swanky leather booths and tinkly piano music is a match made in heaven for your travel-weary folks. And, if your parents hail from a small town in the Midwest, make sure to bring them back on Sunday for the drag brunch.

Sir Francis Drake chef casts S.F. neighborhoods in chocolate
SF Gate | November 7, 2014
“With chocolate making, you need to convey a story or give a complete flavor experience in only one bite. In a plated dessert or a cake ... parts of the dessert can tell different parts of the story, but I find that the challenge of completing the flavor profile in its tiny form really extraordinary.”

Taste the best of SF on #LoveLocalSF day
SF Gate | October 31, 2014
Classic Cable Car cocktail! Tony Abou-Ganim's classic Cable Car cocktail, made with spied rum, combier and lemon.

The Memorable Cocktails from Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim
Eater | October 21, 2014
Tony Abou-Ganim has worked his way up from reluctant bartender who wanted to be an actor to embracing the industry and becoming one of its leaders. While he was working at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room in San Francisco, he created his most popular cocktail, the Cable Car, when he was called upon to develop the cocktail program for the 22 bars at the Bellagio before it opened in 1998.