Nitasha Tiku · 07/18/14 10:58AM

Even a $2,400 membership fee can't insulate The Battery, the private club founded by Michael and Xochi Birch, from the ubiquitous protests against Terra Nova Industries, a nonunion contractor. A tipster sent in this photo from last night.

Inside the Tasteless Private Clubhouse San Franciscans Love to Hate

Nitasha Tiku · 03/11/14 01:00PM

There was a valet stationed outside The Battery on Sunday night. Even for a private clubhouse with a $2,400 annual fee, this seemed superfluous. San Francisco's Financial District turns into a ghost town after 6 p.m. The neighborhood was so desolate, the only place I could find to charge my phone was a SUBWAY® around the corner, where they gave me free rein over an outlet behind the soda fountain.

San Francisco's Playboy Geeks Trying Very, Very Hard To Be Cool

Sam Biddle · 10/08/13 12:42PM

Silicon Valley's new money imitates its urban center: awkward, underdeveloped, and hoping so very badly to be noticed. So it's no mistake that the buzziest addition to the San Francisco social scene is The Battery, a private clubhouse that apes so much that's lame and gauche about Manhattan.