April 12, 2011

April 12, 2011

I was sad to get a Facebook event notice over the weekend about the impending closure of ~THE EAGLE TAVERN~ in SoMa. Yup, it’s a classic case of lease renewal issues with a landlord. I’ve attended too many Sunday beer busts there to count, and have always been impressed with the bar’s numerous fundraising events for the community. (Let alone the fabulous bar staff.) I met one of my favorite people in my life there. Ugh, I am seriously saddened by this news.

There was a community meeting last night (you can read more on this Facebook post, which mentions the owner of the Skylark bar in the Mission was potentially taking over the lease?), but as SFist reports, there’s really not much that can be done. There was a press conference before the Board of Supervisors this afternoon (it happened at 12:30pm)—we will see what comes out of it. As it stands now, the Eagle looks set to close Friday April 29th. 398 12th St. at Harrison, 415-626-0880.

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Photo by Mathew Sumner.

This upcoming Whiskey 101: Fundamentals, Tasting, and Cocktail Making class in conjunction with CUESA looks like a good one (and it’s not just because I’m a whiskey girl. Oh wait, it is.). On Saturday April 23rd, you’ll join bartenders Scott Beattie (Spoonbar) and Jack Mitchell (co-owner of Santa Rosa’s Jack and Tony’s Whiskey Bar) for quite the class. Guests will learn the differences between various types of popular whisk(e)y, which will include a discussion and tasting of bourbon, rye, scotch, Tennessee, Canadian, and Irish whiskies, plus get tips on how to build an impressive whiskey collection at home. You will also get to make your own whiskey cocktails, including a Manhattan, a Sazerac, an Old Fashioned, a Rob Roy, and a whiskey sour. Sign me up. 2pm-4pm. $50 (includes tasting, hands-on cocktail instruction, and a take-home booklet).