November 23, 2010

November 23, 2010

Grub Street broke the news about ~ASIENTO~, a bar opening from Debi Cohn in the former Monkey Club space on 21st Street. I had a chance to catch up with Debi for more details—she’s currently busy doing double duty as a server at La Mar while painting and getting the space ready to open in December. She describes it as a chill neighborhood bar (the name means “seat” in Spanish)—a place where you could kick back, and play backgammon over specialty cocktails made with fresh juices.

Debi also plans to launch some food options, like albondigas, cheese, and other bites in a tapas case she is installing (look for food to come in January). She also mentioned that she installed “a kickass soundsystem” for future parties—there’s no dancefloor, but she wants the music to be a strong part of the ambiance. She is also being very eco-conscious about how she’s updating the space. Debi has been in the industry a while, working with the Resmex Group (Zazil, Colibri Mexican Bistro) and as a GM for Ramblas—she’s also an avid sailor and pro yacht skipper. Look for a soft opening in December for holiday parties and the like, with things ramping up more in January. 2730 21st St. at Bryant.

Yeah, I knew that 5 drinks for $5 would catch your eye, you lush, you. Fillmore Street restaurants and bartenders are taking part in a Fillmore Holiday Cocktail Crawl on Wednesday December 1st. After checking in at Yoshi’s San Francisco (1330 Fillmore St.), you’ll also be able to visit 1300 on Fillmore, Sheba Piano Lounge, Rasselas, and DOSA on Fillmore for cocktails made with Tres Agaves Tequila, and discounted bar bites (a few venues will also have live music). Attendees will pick their favorite beverage with their cell phone (à la American Idol), and the winning bartender will receive a prize. Tickets are $5 in advance (buy them here)/$10 at the door. Admission gets you a Tres Agaves Tequila cocktail at each of the five venues. 6:30pm-9pm. Proceeds will benefit the African American Art & Culture Complex in the Fillmore District. And hello, take a cab!

I got word that bartender extraordinaire Camber Lay has left EPIC Roasthouse to take over the bar at ~TOWN HALL~. And now I am suddenly craving their fried chicken… and a cocktail.

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I attended this fab Champagne tasting, Drink the Stars of Champagne!, at the ~SF WINE CENTER~ a month or so ago, and now here it is on the calendar again! Christie Dufault, ALCS, will be pouring and discussing six-eight excellent Champagnes with an intimate group on Saturday December 11th. You will learn about the different grapes, the winemaking method, different dryness levels, different class levels, vintage vs. non-vintage, and the recent grower Champagne movement. The tablehopper sez: check it out. 5pm-6:30pm. $75; pre-payment required for online tickets.