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May 19, 2015

Lounge seating at Resolute. Photo: ©


The antique brass beer tower and fun wood-handled taps. Photo: ©


The exterior. Photo: ©

Last week I swung by the newly opened ~RESOLUTE~, a new wine (and beer) bar and shop that opened right next door to Rye in the TenderNob. Owners Justin Beem and Daniel Brooker (previously at wine shop Vin Debut) are fired up to offer hard-to-find wines from tiny wineries, excellent wines, and new wines, with a few exclusives too (don’t expect any big names here—it’s primarily about smaller producers). You’ll be able to explore the wines on tap in glasses or flights (and bottles too), and if you find something you really love, you’ll be able to buy it! There are 4 sparkling wines by the glass (nice), with a range of 8 whites ($10-$17 BTG) and 16 reds ($10-$30). I loved the range of styles and descriptions for each wine—you’ll find plenty to explore, and you can have as much education as you’d like as well.

Same story with their selection of beers—look for some smaller producers on draft (six in all), and be sure to check out the beer tap handles, which are in varying shades of wood that correspond with the darkness of the beer (there are ciders as well). There will be some good cheeses (from local picks to Mahon from Minorca, Spain) and charcuterie (from Creminelli and Olympia Provisions) as well. The cheese plate was well composed and quite delicious.

They brought on Zero Ten Design (led by John Rojas) as the architect and interior design team, and they did quite a stellar job to create a chic yet comfortable space (it used to be two retail spaces, which they were able to join as one space when they knocked the dividing wall down). The first thing you’ll notice is punch of color around the bar area in cornflower blue, with a sexy high-gloss finish. The 15-seat L-shaped bar features a Calacatta marble top, and the eye-catching antique brass beer tower gleams. There’s a lounge area that features low-slung seating and brass and stone tables, with a banquette that wraps around the perimeter and little “pouf” stools you can move around as needed. Other cool design touches include the glowing circular pendant lights and walnut lattice screens. Yeah, you couldn’t find a better first date/getting to know you spot.

Hours are conveniently Mon-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 12pm-12am. 678 Geary St. at Leavenworth, 415-825-0741.


Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano behind the bar at Forgery. Photo courtesy PlumpJack Group.

The PlumpJack Group has opened a new bar in Mid-Market, called ~FORGERY~, which we mentioned a month ago. Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano are running the show in partnership with the group. The pair previously managed beverages at Kimpton Hotels and are offering a list of fun, approachable cocktails along with beer and wine. The drinks menu has a global bent, with spirits and flavors from around the world, divided into house originals and classics (some with a twist). There are also some “tribute” cocktails, including the margarita from Tommy’s and the Green Beast from Bar 1805 in Ibiza.

The space has an industrial vibe—it used to function as glassblowing studio and a historic printing press—and they’ve kept that style, with exposed brick, concrete floors, and high ceilings with 15-foot-high windows. The bar is made of dark mahogany, and the walls are lined with leather banquettes. The space is also adjacent to a nightclub that will open in the coming months and is currently available for private parties. Hours are currently Tue-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 6pm-2am, closed Sun-Mon; expanded hours are coming in June. 1525 Mission St. at 11th St., 415-796-2325.


The bar at Comstock Saloon. Photo: © 2010 Liza Gershman.

On Wednesday May 20th ~COMSTOCK SALOON~ is celebrating five years of business with a hootenanny party. From 12pm to 2am, Comstock alums will be behind the bar and in the kitchen, preparing some of the saloon’s classic dishes and drinks. Dishes include a pretzel with pimento cheese ($6), an andouille Scotch egg ($12), lamb meatballs with ricotta salata and garlic bread ($15), crisp chicken livers ($12), and Carlo’s hot chicken wings ($14); here’s the menu. Bourbon pudding, oh you know it. As for drinks, they promise lots of boots and cold-ass beer and many of Comstock’s classic cocktails. Beginning at 4pm, there will be live music and entertainment too. Happy birthday, Comstock, and thanks for the five years of hangovers!

May 12, 2015

On Monday May 18th, catch a big fab Negroni party at ~BURRITT ROOM~ celebrating the release of the new book, The Negroni: Drinking to La Dolce Vita, with Recipes & Lore. It was written by Gaz Regan, with photography from the talented Kelly Puleio, and is all about the vermilion Italian libation. The book includes 60 recipes for different Negronis, plus beautiful photography. The party includes lots of complimentary bites and $5 Negroni specials at the bar, from 5pm-8pm. 417 Stockton St. at Sutter, 415-400-0561.

Speaking of Negronis, the time is now to sign up for the annual Team Negroni Cycling Team ride, part of the Negroni Week festivities in June. It’s happening on Tuesday June 2nd, and registration is right here. The ride begins at Campari America, and then heads north through Marin; check out the route map here. Donations can be made here, to raise money for Helen David Relief Fund to assist women in the bar industry coping with cancer.


The Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant wine bar. Yelp photo by Winne L.

~THE FERRY PLAZA WINE MERCHANT~ is closing the wine bar early tonight, Tuesday May 12th. It will close at 6pm and will then remain closed until Wednesday May 20th, for construction and improvements. The retail store will be closed on Wednesday May 13th only, and will remain open regular hours while the wine bar is undergoing renovation. These dates are all contingent upon inspections and construction timelines, so don’t hesitate to call before going over to make sure they’re back up and running. One Ferry Building, Shop 23, Embarcadero at Market, 415-391-9400.

On Tuesday May 19th, Neal Rosenthal of Rosenthal Wine Merchant and author of Reflections of a Wine Merchant will be at ~HEIRLOOM CAFÉ~ from 5:30pm to 7pm. He will be pouring six different wines from Rosenthal and discussing cellaring affordable wines with Heirloom’s owner Matt Straus. Tickets to the event are $50 per person and include the tasting, bites of duck confit Époisses burgers (oh yeah), tax, and gratuity.


La Movida. Photo: Dana Eastland. ©

After all the drama we reported on at ~PLACE PIGALLE~, the space has officially closed as of Sunday May 10th. However, Scoop reports one more item: that the owners, New Parish Entertainment, have taken possession of ~LA MOVIDA~ on 24th Street in the Mission. They plan to open in the space this week, but don’t look for lots of changes. They’ll be keeping the name, menu, and decor for now, though some changes may come in June. 3066 24th St. at Treat, 415-282-3066.

May 5, 2015

Chardonnay and pinot noir heaven. Photo courtesy of Patz & Hall.

It’s time to get your ticket to this one-of-a-kind tasting, designed to explore California terroir through the beautifully crafted chardonnays and pinot noirs from Patz & Hall. (I tasted these elegant wines at their new Sonoma tasting room and thoroughly enjoyed them.)

This event, co-hosted by tablehopper, will be held on Friday June 12th at Naked Kitchen, a restored Victorian home in the Mission District, where guests will be welcomed with a glass of Patz & Hall’s small-production 2012 North Coast Brut Sparkling Wine, only available at the winery.

You will then be seated for a dynamic wine tasting led by Patz & Hall co-founders James Hall and Heather Patz, who will explore the intricacies of terroir and the diversity of chardonnay and pinot noir through a side-by-side comparison of five single-vineyard wines. There will also be charcuterie, custom-made with Patz & Hall wines by noted local charcutier Peter Temkin (Show Dogs, Foreign Cinema), plus local Sonoma cheeses. Enjoy mingling with James and Heather (and moi!) before and after the tasting.

The event is Friday June 12th, starting at 6:30pm. $65, all inclusive. You can purchase your ticket on Sosh! See you there for this special evening!


The sign at the Ha-Ra (one of my faves). Photo: ©

I have been wondering for some time what was going on at the ~HA-RA CLUB~: there have been rumors of it selling, it has been closed at odd hours, the shelves have been emptied of booze, and even the taps have been tapped out. It didn’t look hopeful. And now a liquor license transfer has hit the wires: the Ha-Ra is going to be under new ownership. The new partners are Scott Broccoli (Ace’s, The Pub at Ghirardelli Square, Dobbs Ferry), Tommy Whalen (Ace’s), and Wizz Wentworth (Amante).

Rick Figari’s dad originally opened the bar in 1943, and since son is busy being a firefighter, he just didn’t have the time and ability to keep up with the bar (he owns the building). But he was very specific about who he was going to sell it to—he didn’t want it to become an upscale cocktail bar, and he wanted someone who was going to preserve the soul of the place. I had a chance to chat with Broccoli, who said, “It would be wrong to change it. Some places deserve respect. This is one of them.” Whew.

They are going to give the 1940s-era dive some TLC, cleaning, painting, and light restoration, but they’re going to do it piece by piece and not in one fell swoop—after all, it’s already a great bar. And the bar top will remain intact (Broccoli says “I love the history of bar tops!”). He said they’ll have to see how the transfer and everything goes in the coming months, so we’ll keep you updated. I know I’m not the only one who will be happy to see the Ha-Ra restored to a good neighborhood dive status. 875 Geary St. at Larkin, 415-673-3148.


Shake up some of these botanical bad boys with ForageSF. Photo from Facebook.

Catch an especially “wild” spirited class at Five Flavors Herbs in Oakland with the Foraged Cocktails Workshop from ForageSF. Botanical guru Brian Wallace will teach you how to make your cocktails shine by making your own bitters using foraged ingredients and creating “wildcrafted” simple syrup. Once you’ve got the elements mastered, he’ll lead you in a blending workshop in which you’ll learn how to mix cocktails that taste seasonal and fresh.

There are three opportunities to catch the class, all on Sundays at 3pm: May 17th, May 31st, and June 14th. Tickets are $75 per person and include instruction and sample cocktails. 344 40th St. at Manila, Oakland, 510-923-0178.

April 28, 2015

The Elbo Room. Yelp photo by Omar K.

According to an article on Curbed and a post on their Facebook page, the ~ELBO ROOM~ is officially closing its doors later this year. After lots of rumors and meetings, the building’s owners, Dennis Ring and Susan Rokinsky-Ring, are moving forward with plans to build condos on the site instead. The couple, who have lived in the Mission for more than 40 years, actually founded the bar, and then sold it to current owners Matt Shapiro and Erik Cantu in 2010. Before condos can be built, they will need to get through lots of Planning Commission hurdles and more, but what is clear is that the bar’s lease will not be renewed when it comes up in November. So, Shapiro and Cantu are looking for a new space, hopefully in the Mission, where they can open later this year. In the meantime, Elbo Room remains open—for now. Sigh. 647 Valencia St. at Sycamore, 415-552-7788.

It looks like ~PLACE PIGALLE~ in Hayes Valley will be closing its doors on May 10th and moving, according to Hoodline. It sounds like there is a complicated legal situation with the lease, and the bar’s owners, Jason Perkins and Michael O’Conner, can’t talk too much about what’s going on. However, they can say that the current location will close on May 10th, and they’ll be moving into a new space soon. No word on exactly where that might be, though the are also working on a project in the former Woodward’s Garden space, which we mentioned back in October. 520 Hayes St. at Octavia, 415-552-2671.


Ready for a mint julep? Photo by Flickr user Jennifer Yin.

Ready to take in some sun this weekend? Catch the annual Bluxome Block Party on Saturday May 2nd. From 12pm to 6pm, the party from ~BLUXOME STREET WINERY~ will close down Bluxome Street, with wine tastings, food trucks like Me So Hungry and Sam’s Chowdermobile, and live music from The SF Rock Project House Band, The Rusty String Express, and more. There will also be fun arcade games, like Whack-A-Mole and Skee-Ball. 53 Bluxome St., closed between 4th ant 5th St., 415-543-5353.

The Kentucky Derby is on Saturday May 2nd, and there are lots of places around town to watch the race and, more important, drink a nice cocktail and wear a big hat. From 12pm to 4pm, ~COMSTOCK SALOON~ will be throwing their annual Derby Party. They’ll be offering special drinks like mint juleps (duh) and Dickel White Southsides, and costume contests for best hat and dandiest fellow (with some good prizes). The kitchen will be ordering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $25 that includes the classic “hot brown” sandwich. There will also be prizes for those placing bets on the race. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and entrance to the party is a $10 donation at the door.

You can celebrate the Kentucky Derby all week long with “choose your own” juleps at ~ELIXIR~ from today until Saturday May 2nd. That means you have a choice of whiskey (Woodford, Woodford rye, Old Forester, Old Forester 100 Proof) and simple syrup flavors, with choices like cucumber jalapeño and lavender, all for $10. Then, on Saturday, the official party will begin at 11am and go until after the race and into the afternoon. Complimentary barbecue will be served with the purchase of beverages, and prizes will be offered to the ladies and gentlemen in the best hats. 3200 16th St. at Guerrero, 415-552-1633.


Photo from Monk’s Kettle website.

Looking to add some beer to your collection? The cellar sale from ~MONK’S KETTLE~ is not to be missed. It’s happening Saturday and Sunday May 2nd-3rd from 12pm to 4pm at the former Abbot’s Cellar location, and features many beers from the former Abbot’s Cellar collection, as well as from Monk’s Kettle. Lots of the beer is ready to drink now, and will make a welcome addition to any early summer barbecues you may be planning to attend. Check out the list and prices here. 742 Valencia St. at 18th St., 415-865-9523.

April 21, 2015

Tasting at the New Zealand Wine Fair in 2013. Bonus points if you can spot the ‘hopper. Photo from Facebook.


Some of the many fabulous Japanese beers now lining the shelves at Umami Mart in Oakland. Photo: Umami Mart.

Did you know that this Friday April 24th is Sauvignon Blanc Day? It is! There are lots of ways to celebrate, including by getting yourself a glass and using the hashtag #SauvBlanc. You can put your knowledge to work the next day, Saturday April 25th, with the New New Zealand Wine walk-around tasting at Farallon. The tasting goes from 12pm to 3pm and will include pours from 24 of New Zealand’s finest wineries. There will be sauvignon blanc, of course, along with pinot gris, pinot noir, syrah, and more. Passed appetizers from the Farallon kitchen will be served, including many with New Zealand ingredients like smoked salmon, venison tartare, and lamb polpette. Tickets are $50, and the event runs from 12pm-3pm. 450 Post St. at Powell, 415-956-6969.

Then, on Monday April 27th, trade peeps can check out the New Zealand Wine Fair at Fort Mason from 1pm to 4pm. In addition to the walk-around tasting, there will be a seminar on New Zealand wines. Trade RSVP here. Fort Mason Conference Center Building A, Marina Blvd. at Laguna.

The fab Bi-Rite Spring Wine Blitz is coming up from Monday April 27th through Sunday May 3rd, and you can get ready with a class at ~18 REASONS~ on Thursday April 23rd. The Spring Wine Blitz Preview will run from 6pm to 8pm, and will include tasting of more than 20 of the wines available at Bi-Rite, including many of the wine buyers’ favorites. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for 18 Reasons members.

Did you know that in 2013, approximately 93 percent of the wine grapes planted in California were made up of only eight different varieties? Yeah, crazy. Well, the Seven Percent Solution wants to change all that with a tasting of the other 7 percent, with a special tasting event with Bergamot Alley at the Folsom Street Foundry on Wednesday May 6th from 5pm to 8pm. Participating wineries include Unti, Stark Wine, and Arnot-Roberts. Tickets are $65 per person. Industry folks can also register for the industry portion from 12pm to 3pm. 1425 Folsom St. at 10th St., 415-795-3644.

The fab ladies at ~UMAMI MART~ are celebrating their new Japanese bottle shop (the nation’s first, which we told you about here), Bottle System, on Tuesday April 21st (that’s today!) from 6pm to 9pm. The event will include bites from Casa de Kei and music, along with low-octane beverages (their license doesn’t allow open containers on-site, sadly). Be sure to check out the new bottle offerings, including their extensive selection of beer and sake from Japan, which you can bring home and enjoy. 815 Broadway at 8th St., Oakland, 510-250-9559.

Also in Oakland is the opening of a new bar, ~WOLFHOUND~. We mentioned it last year, and now they’re open! It’s primed to be a neighborhood hangout, and a local friend reports that it’s popular and dog-friendly. The E’Ville Eye has some photos, as well as a cool story on the history of the space. 5516 San Pablo Ave. at 55th St., Oakland, 510-338-3023.

April 14, 2015

Bar tables at the upcoming Forgery. Photo courtesy of Forgery.


Seating at Tofino Wines. Photo courtesy of Tofino Wines.

The PlumpJack Group has announced their plans for the former Sloane space in SoMa/Mid-Market: partners Hilary Newsom and Jeremy Scherer will be opening a bar called ~FORGERY~ this May. Running the cocktail show will be the talented team of Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano (previously Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants). The 2,000-square-foot space will have exposed brick walls, concrete floors, leather banquettes, and a dark mahogany bar (Napa-based Shopworks is behind the design), and there is also a second floor with more seating. Trivia time: the space was once home to a glassblowing studio and a historic printing press. Forgery will be open six nights a week. Plans for the adjacent nightclub are still TBD, but it’s available for private events, FYI. 1525 Mission St. at 11th St.

In other PlumpJack news, don’t forget they are also taking over the ~LEXINGTON CLUB~, which is having farewell parties next Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th (details on their Facebook page). Their last night of service will be Thursday April 30th. Eighteen years! Damn. 3464 19th St. at Mission, 415-863-2052.

Last month we mentioned the upcoming ~TOFINO WINES~ from Mark Nevin and April Sack, and look at that, they are now open! The wine shop and bar is focused on wines from small, family producers in California, France, Italy, and Spain, with special attention to Champagne and Sherry selections and natural winemakers. Try wines by the glass at the bar, enjoy a bottle on-site for a $10 corkage, or bring it on home. Wine-friendly snacks are also available. It has a great look, with plenty of room at the bar, so come meet your new stylish wine clubhouse. Open Mon-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am, and Sun 11am-7pm. 2696 Geary Blvd. at Emerson, 415-872-5782.


The glimmering bar at Spruce. Photo: ©

Just in time for another blast of summery weather this week, ~DIRTY HABIT~ is offering a special selection of rosés for half off through April 30th! Sommelier and wine director Jose Aguirre has some selections that will inspire you to think pink, like Robert Sinskey Vin Gris Carneros 2014 for $38 and Champagne L.Aubry Rose NV for $76. He’ll be selling bottles right out of his Timbuk2 Dolores Chiller Bag on the patio, so you can pretend you’re at Dolores Park, but instead of the COLD WATER guy, it’ll be the cold pink bubbles guy instead. Check out some new spring dishes on the menu too. They open at 5pm and reservations are taken for parties of two to eight, plus tables are available for walk-ins. 

Did your taxes drive you to drink? Seriously. Fortunately ~SPRUCE~ and ~THE VILLAGE PUB~ in Woodside are kicking off Whisk(e)y Wednesdays this week. Every Wednesday, the restaurants will be opening one very special and/or rare whisk(e)y and offering one-ounce pours at a price that is lower than list price. For Tax Day, they are going big by offering Pappy (why hello!). You can have a pour of the Van Winkle Special Reserve, 12 Year, Lot “B” for $20 (but it’s $30 down at the Pub for a different whiskey).


Pouring spring cocktails in 2014. Photo by Balthazar Digital Media via Facebook.

On Wednesday April 29th, head to the Ferry Building for an evening of CUESA’s Cocktails of the Farmers Market. This season it’s all about San Francisco’s fabulous neighborhoods, with bars from all over the city shaking up a cocktail inspired by their corner of town. Participants include Blackbird representing the Castro, Maven and the Alembic collaborating to represent both the Upper and Lower Haight, and La Urbana representing NoPa. Here’s the full list of participants and their drinks.

In addition to cocktails, you’ll also find bites from chefs across town, like Fine & Rare, The Whole Beast, and Loló. The evening runs from 5:30-8pm and tickets are $50 per person and include two full-size cocktails, unlimited sample-size drinks, food, and plenty of fun. Ferry Plaza at Embarcadero.

April 7, 2015

The interior at Orbit Room. Yelp photo by Bern S.

Last week’s news about the tragic passing of Club Deluxe and Orbit Room owner Jay Johnson was quite sad enough, and now comes even more sadness: ~THE ORBIT ROOM~ has closed its doors after 20-plus years of brightly holding down the corner of Market, Laguna, and Hermann. Hoodline says it has been sold to a new owner (no word who that is).

That bar has been like a clubhouse for so many people, especially folks in the neighborhood. I always enjoyed its eclectic crowd, Deco styling, Jay’s music playing, and I have many fond memories of craft cocktail exploration when the trailblazing Alberta Straub was there. I used to sit at the counter—witnessing a veritable thicket of fresh ingredients at the bar—and ask her all kinds of questions about booze and muddling and syrups. The pizzas were good. The cocktails were inventive and well made. Damn it, that bar rocked. (You can read this piece in The Bold Italic by another lover of the bar.) 1900 Market St. at Laguna St.

But here’s one piece of good news: that Bold Italic piece mentions that Johnson’s friends Sarah Wilde and her husband Chris Pankow are taking over the ~CLUB DELUXE~, so the bar will live on as it was supposed to.

News of another closure via Hoodline: ~BARRIQUE~, the Jackson Square wine bar that served wine directly out of barrique, is closing on Friday April 10th after an unmanageable rent increase (their five-year lease was up). 461 Pacific Ave. at Montgomery, 415-421-9200.

But hey, an ice bar is coming.


The crowd at the 2012 San Francisco Vintners Market. Photo courtesy SF Vintners.

If you’re looking to get your wine on this weekend, check out the 11th San Francisco Vintners Market, a two-day tasting event with a range of winemakers, domestic and imported, up to 150 in all (organized by viticultural area). The hallmark of this event is that if you taste something you like, you can buy it on-site.

Buy tickets here. Use code Tablehopper for 50 percent off general admission, the Reserve Room on Saturday and Sunday, and the Cult Room on Sunday. Saturday April 11th and Sunday April 12th, 12pm-4pm. Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion.

Next Thursday April 16th, owner Stephen Singer of Baker Lane Vineyards will be guest sommelier at ~FOREIGN CINEMA~. The following wines will be offered at special prices by the flight or bottle during dinner service: 2007 Estate syrah, 2010 Estate syrah, 2012 Reserve pinot noir, 2012 Sonoma Coast Cuvée syrah, 2014 Estate viognier, and 2014 rosé. All the wines are made from grapes grown on Road’s End Farm in Sebastopol, located in West Sonoma County. 


A cocktail at Dosa. Photo by Beth Raper, courtesy Dosa.

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of ~DOSA ON VALENCIA~ this spring, beginning Tuesday April 7th (that’s today!), with special guest bartenders. Every week, a different bartender will be in attendance, shaking up their own version of spice-driven cocktails, and toasting to Dosa’s decade in business. The bartenders and their drinks will be available as follows:

Tuesday April 7th-Saturday April 11th: Trent Simpson of La Urbana. Sunset Ashram: Mezcales de Leyenda Oaxaca Espadin, lemon juice, ginger, celery bitters, Sunset Ashram cordial.

Tuesday April 14th-Saturday April 18th: Jonny Raglin of Comstock Saloon. Bowler: pisco, mango gastrique, Hellfire bitters.

Tuesday April 21st-Saturday April 25th: Danny Louie, Chino. Mums the Word: Bombay East gin, cantaloupe, Dosa spice mix, lemon, Lipton tea, togarashi, toasted nori.

Tuesday April 28th-Thursday May 30th: Josh Harris, The Bon Vivants/Trick Dog. Tinsmith Punch: Don Q añejo rum, Ancho Reyes, Luxardo apricot liqueur, lime, Angostura bitters.

Tuesday May 5th-Saturday May 9th: Duggan McDonnell, Cantina. East India Cocktail: Encanto pisco, pineapple cordial, lime juice, aged rum, orange juice, dash of housemade bitters.

Not only is this a great way to toast Dosa and celebrate local bartenders, but $2 from every cocktail will be donated to charity. Half of the proceeds from each Tinsmith Punch will go to the Bon Vivants Charitable Event Series, which donates money to youth organizations and charter schools around the country. So you can feel good about all that fun you’re having.

It’s well established that the tablehopper is a sherry fan, and here’s another chance to try some out. ~GITANE~ will be celebrating the delicious beverage all month, with sherry punch, sherry flights, and a special cocktails for your imbibing pleasure. The sherry flight includes Hidalgo Pastrana manzanilla pasada, Elcano fino, Grant amontillado, and César Florido oloroso ($22), or try the Innkeeper’s Cup, with amontillado sherry, gin, cucumber, lemon, Bonal, and ginger beer ($10). All sherry specials will be available during evening hours during the month of April.

To dive even deeper into sherry, you can attend Gitane’s Sherry Secrets class on Saturday April 25th at 3:30pm. Wine director Sarah Knoefler will teach you all about the different kinds of sherry, and you’ll sample different varieties, along with a sherry punch. Tickets are $55 per person.

Then, on Tuesday April 28th, catch a four-course sherry dinner with Lustau. Each of the courses will be paired with a different sherry, and tickets are $95 per person. Reservations begin at 6pm.