Everyone's a Winner! Victory Hall, Now Open in SoMa, Serves Little Skillet on Weekends
In the former Cento space on one-way alley Ritch Street close to the ballpark comes Victory Hall & Parlor, an upscale sports bar in the grand tradition of getting drunk in attractive, neo-vintage spaces. Although not entirely finished, it's fully built out, the kitchen's open, the bar's serving beer and cocktails, and the long communal-ish tables make arguing over sports stats more appealing than usual. And, as a masterclass in synergy, Victory Hall has partnered with a certain neighbor.
Known for turning frowns upside down after a missed CalTrain and a favorite among people who hope the fried chicken trend will never die, noted Farmerbrown spinoff Little Skillet has expanded into Victory Hall on the weekends -- their original to-go window being adjacent -- with brunch and bar food. Among all the waffledogs and poboys come experiments in sticky buns and the like, like the carb bomb shown here (which could have served a family of four). It is indeed a victory, cause everyone's a winner.
Overall, Victory Hall has a type of upscale-saloon grandeur that almost threatens to engulf it if it's only used as a place to watch the Niners on a big-screen. Oddly light-filled in spite of being on the ground-floor plus the unaccommodating slant of winter sun, it makes a nice alternative to dark, claustrophobic speakeasies and would actually make a wonderful venue for a wedding. But eight-piece chicken and waffles will do for now.
Victory Hall & Parlor, 360 Ritch St., (415) 543-4255