December 29, 2009

December 29, 2009

I know some Lower Polk folks were not happy with the closure of ~LUSH LOUNGE~ (1092 Polk St. at Post). Well, despair not, because the same friendly bartenders will be pouring wicked-strong dranks in the bar’s new location. They are opening the doors at the new spot for the first time on New Year’s Eve at 3pm. Clink clink! 1221 Polk St. at Sutter, 415-771-2022)

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I am sure a lot of you will be hitting it hard this New Year’s Eve (what else is new?). And who knows better about hangover remedies than bartenders? Here’s a helpful round-up from GrubStreet with some hair-of-the-dog advice from local bartenders.

My personal favorites are coconut water (that stuff is a freaking miracle), and kombucha is another magic elixir. If things are dire, I’ll slowly sip a Coke Classic, and iced coffee with a lot of sugar also works for me. When you’re up and at it again, I highly recommend a Champagne cocktail—the sugar cube and bitters will totally even your keel.

And when it’s time to eat, hello, it’s time to call ~MOZZARELLA DI BUFALA~. Or you can take a look at this piece I wrote for the San Francisco Bay Guardian back in 2006 on foreign hangover cures. Take it easy out there, tiger.

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Photo from Yelp.com/Vanessa D.

One of the city’s smokiest bars, ~AMBER~, is having its last night on New Year’s Eve, and a new cocktail spot will be opening to the public on Saturday January 16th. And look at that, Smoky Bear, it’s just in time for your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking (you can do it). 718 14th St. at Church, San Francisco.