Wes Burger ’N’ More Opens a Teeny Punch Lounge, The Den

You can fit like 15 people in here, and there are about that many birds among the decor.

The Den, with its proprietor Wes Rowe. (David Marks)

Wes Burger ’N’ More just got some more more. The not-quite-nine-month-old burger joint on Mission Street near Commonwealth and Mission Chinese Food had a quirky space in the front corner that resisted true incorporation in the restaurant proper, but proprietor Wes Rowe and designer David Marks eventually figured it out.

With a standing-room-only capacity of 15 people, it’s now become The Den, a punch room decorated with faux-jungle schlock like an owl and a parrot bedecked with Mardi Gras beads, plus Texas totems like a mirror in the shape of the Lone Star State. Open Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to midnight, it fronts directly onto Mission and serves a rotating selection of low-ABV drinks, beginning with two from Claire Sprouse of Tin Roof Drink Community, The Bywater, and Tosca. There’s Bad Apple (Lo-Fi dry vermouth, apple cider, and Topo Chico sparkling water) and Ginger Spice (Lo-Fi gentian amaro, pineapple, ginger beer, and allspice, but no Geri Halliwell). Want canned beer and sake? You got it.

While the woman who occasionally sells hot dogs from a cart directly outside the door has not been displaced, you’ll soon be able to order a late-night menu from the restaurant’s kitchen, hopefully including the deluxe tots that are slowly dislodging french fries from their connection to burgers in the popular consciousness. In other words, this is even better than Mel B’s topless photo!

The Den, inside Wes Burger ’N’ More, 2040A Mission St., 415-745-9371 or wesburgernmore.com

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