The Tip

The private penthouse lounge of Duncan Channon has a colorful history, surprisingly, yet inextricably, interwoven with the colorful history of San Francisco and of social movements in the United States.

The Tip is open!

Open, indeed, and spurting merriment over the 400 some revelers who came to downtown San Francisco on March 28th from as far away as New York and as close by as 111 Minna.

Music legend plays the Tip

Richard Gottehrer, whose accomplishments include co-writing "My Boyfriend's Back" and "I Want Candy," producing "Hang on Sloopy," as well as Blondie's and the Go-Go's first albums, regaled a packed house at the Tip with his inimitable tales of an incredible musical life.

Jen Chapin folk-rocks the Tip

DC’s second-ever Toast of the Tip event on July 8 featured the exquisitely nuanced, impeccably crafted “urban folk” (her words) of singer-songwriter-activist Jen Chapin.

What does CREDO really believe in? Martinis!

In keeping with the Nirvana song, “Serve the Servants,” not to mention the Kiss song, "Cold Gin," the marketing department at CREDO Mobile served as bartenders for its agency-of-record last Friday evening at selfsame agency-of-record’s fabulous penthouse bar.

Tip toasts esteemed rock editor, MTV pundit

Some rock stars hide their contraband in the most curious places, he discovered. But it’s not something Joe Levy cared to fully elaborate on, as he shared his less salacious tales of ten years as Rolling Stone music editor and go-to rock critic on MTV, VH1 and elsewhere.

Hold Steady honcho heads to Tip

The first Toast of the Tip of 2009 is going to be, as the kids say, a doozie, featuring none other than Craig Finn, lead singer, lyricist and New Yorker-certified sex symbol of the Hold Steady, one of the most acclaimed bands of the last decade.

Finn distributes goosebumps at Toast of Tip

One audience member no doubt summed it up for many when she said that Craig Finn performing his Hold Steady songs, alone on acoustic guitar, for 100 lucky invitees, gave her “goosebumps.”

Pat Kuleto makes Toast

Boulevard, Martini House, Farallon, Fog City Diner, Jardinière, Waterbar, Epic Roasthouse. They are the best of the best of San Francisco’s great restaurants. And they were all developed, designed and are co-owned by Pat Kuleto.

A woman named Maria has a lot to answer for

Never mind why. It was just part of the rollicking visit by legendary restaurant designer/developer/owner Pat Kuleto to the pseudo-legendary Tip last Thursday night.

Picture yourself in a bar on a building: Alan Aldridge at the Tip

He designed posters for the Rolling Stones; was best friends with Jimi Hendrix; and served as the creative director for the original Hard Rock Cafe.

Pulling Lennon's bird, slow dancing with Meg: Aldridge kills at Tip

Not if you live a thousand years are you likely to have a life story as wild. Alan Aldridge is the kid who grew up to be design guru to the Beatles and not only beat out John Lennon for a girl's affection, but slow-danced with Princess Margaret in the palace she shared with her husband.

“Sheep butt, cow poop”: A man after our own hearts, Gary Vanynerchuk, on wine & web at the Tip

Not content to refer to the classic “barnyard” aroma of an old Burgundy, gonzo wine/web phenom Gary Vaynerchuk feels compelled to spell it all out: “a little sweaty sock, sheep butt, cow poop…”

DMC destroys Tip: R&R Hall of Famer plays D/C’s private bar

At last it can be told: Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, from hip-hop’s seminal and legendary Run DMC, officially and completely blew the roof off the Tip at a secret birthday party this past Saturday night.

Vay-ner-chuk crushes at T-i-p

Wine and web guru Gary Vaynerchuk poured out 90 minutes of wit and wisdom at Duncan/Channon’s private penthouse lounge last Thursday in a jampacked Toast of the Tip event that included a blind tasting for the entire room.

Tipmas 2009

he fever dream of Tipmas has subsided. We need something to eat.

Knockout Toast this Friday

He has been to the top, as boxing's World Welterweight Champion. And the bottom, as a convicted felon serving three years in San Quentin.