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Rickshaw Stop: New Bar/Eatery/Event Space Opens near Hayes Valley

In a town where a reasonably-priced drink, plate of food or event space can be hard to find, the Rickshaw Stop is welcome to an overwhelming degree- it provides all three, with an abundance of space and style and zero pretension.

Operating as a bar as of early January 2004 on Friday and Saturday nights until 1:00am, Rickshaw Stop serves cocktails, wine, and inexpensive beer as well as tasty small and large plates for noshing that hover between $4 and $7. An old television production studio, the two-level space is tall and doublewide, ringed with red velvet floor-to-ceiling drapes, floored with warm-blonde, finished plywood, and furnished with gorgeous old rickshaws and a scattering of infinitely moveable tables and chairs of various styles. Swell lighting, a foozball table in the large upper balcony lounge, friendly owners, and an intelligent clientele round out the appeal of the place. It's an utterly customizable space, set up to work both for packed, high-energy crowds and mellow, scattered lounging as well.

Owners Christopher White and Waldo Williams have already thrown a fair number of private events at Rickshaw Stop, and future plans include booking live music, which will be perfect for an area that currently lacks such venues. Because hours will be flexible to accommodate private events, they recommend that patrons give a call ahead, A. to ensure that the bar is open, and B. to learn of upcoming happenings. Having recently enjoyed a few $3 Red Stripes, a pleasing $7 plate of warm soba noodles, shu mai, edamame and greens and a soundtrack of new and old rock and roll in the company of good friends on a Friday, I can tell you it's worth the phone call.