January 11, 2011

January 11, 2011
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Photo from Urban Daddy.

There’s a new bar that opened in Bernal, ~THE ROYAL CUCKOO~ (as Grub Street noted, it was the former Belinda’s, and dates back to 1907). UrbanDaddy mentioned it’s now open, with an eclectic-sounding look (taxidermy, church pews), quality classic cocktails, and a card-cataloged collection of vintage records you can play. A reviewer on Yelp also mentioned the Hammond organ was in effect one evening, with live music (including singer Lavay Smith). I think the bar looks pretty fabulous—reminds me of some of the hideaways I used to frequent when living in Los Angeles—dig the wood ceiling! Open nightly, from 6pm-2am (and sometimes open earlier in the afternoon). 3202 Mission St. at Valencia, 415-550-8667.

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A liquor license update mentioned the opening of ~PAUSE WINE BAR~ in the CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen space on Market Street. Scoop mentions it’s the folks behind Dogpatch’s Yield Wine Bar, who were able to land a temporary liquor license. Grub Street chimes in that the menu will be vegetarian-focused (and expanded a bit from Yield’s, since the kitchen at Pause is bigger). According to a tweet, they are trying to open this week, inspections pending. Open Wed-Sun 5pm-12am. 1666 Market St. at Gough.

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Photo from Enoteca Vino Nostro.

A friend pointed this new Italian wine shop out to me over the holidays, and it looks like their website is up: ~ENOTECA VINO NOSTRO~. The owner, Amanzio Tamanti, has been importing and distributing wine from Italy for over 22 years, so it’s actually a retail shop for his Tosco Wines Inc. import business, with wines from the Piemonte to Puglia (supplemented with some other selections, over 200 in all). I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but my friend said he picked up a nice bottle (and some olive oil) there. Open Mon-Sat 11am-8pm. 1455 Van Ness Ave. at Pine, 415-440-4001.

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Americano photo by Cesar Rubio.

~AMERICANO~ at Hotel Vitale has partnered with Iron Horse Vineyards to host a crab and sparkling wine dinner this Wednesday January 12th. The three-course menu includes: County Line heirloom chicory salad with polenta croutons, Parmigiano, and citrus; local Dungeness crab with roasted garlic butter and salsa verde; and for dessert, apple huckleberry pie with vanilla ice cream. Americano will be pouring Iron Horse Vineyards Ocean Reserve, a special, limited edition, sparkling wine created in partnership with National Geographic to benefit the ocean. $1 for every glass and $4 for every bottle purchased during the evening will be donated to establish marine protected areas and reduce overfishing around the world. $40 per person, with wine sold separately by the glass and bottle. (You can also order food and drink off the regular menu.) Reservations are not required but recommended, 415-278-3777.

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Head on over to ~OMNIVORE BOOKS~ next Thursday January 20th to hear acclaimed importer and wine guru Terry Theise read from his recent book, Reading Between the Wines. In the book, “Theise describes how wine can be a portal to aesthetic, emotional, even mystical experience—and he frankly asserts that these experiences are most likely to be inspired by wines from artisan producers.” The event is from 6pm-7pm, free. And why do I think there will be wine there…? (There are quite a few events at Omnivore this month, check them out here.)