Bay Area Reporter: NautiCali – Virgil’s Sea Room

Walking into Virgil’s Sea Room is a bit like deja vu. It feels familiar and friendly, but brand new at the same time. Straddling the border between the Outer Mission and Bernal Heights, Virgil’s (3152 Mission Street at Precita) aims to be a neighborhood bar in a neighborhood where the new and the old are constantly overlapping. With a retro interior by San Francisco designer David Marks, Virgil’s is a reflection of its changing environs.

The first thing I noticed was the black on gold flocked wallpaper, which feels vintage, because it is. On a recent visit, over a couple of Virgil’s signature cocktails, Marks told me that surprisingly, the wallpaper was already in place when Virgil’s moved into the space formerly occupied by Nap’s. It was there, but covered by posters and other random stuff the previous bar had accumulated over the years.

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