Jonell’s Cocktail Lounge – Tenderloin
Jonell’s was the second stop on my Heart of the Tenderloin mini bar crawl. It is also where shit went down. The corner of Ellis and Jones is so bad that the police have set up cameras at the intersection, and the cameras apparently are quite effective. As soon as some crack dealers started trying to sell drugs in the doorway of the bar, the police came racing in, dragging the dealers into the bar, just a few steps from our bar stools. What followed was a brief but extremely intense and gun filled standoff that left us all surging with adrenaline for the rest of the evening.
Before the drama, the bar owner read everyone’s palms except mine, which she said didn’t show anything because I live too much in my head. It seems everyone else I was drinking with is fated to have lots of kids, so I am pretty okay with having an inscrutable destiny. Also, it seems my friend T. and the bar owner are long lost soul mates of some sort, twins from different generations and countries. All said, Jonell’s is a pretty amazing bar.
Jonell’s Cocktail Lounge98 Turk St
San Francisco, CA 94102