May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011
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Churchill photo by Alex Martinez for Haighteration.

According to posts in UrbanDaddy and the Inside Scoop, ~PLACE PIGALLE~ in Hayes Valley has reopened with new owners (but don’t worry, the pool table and couches remain). The new owners are Michael O’Connor and Jason Perkins, who recently opened Brick & Mortar Music Hall in the former Coda space. New changes at Place Pigalle: it will be open at noon, and in addition to the large selection of boutique beers (with 15 taps), there are also wines on tap. There’s additionally the possibility that Charlie Hallowell of Pizzaiolo may be doing bites for Place Pigalle and/or Brick & Mortar down the road—or not at all. 520 Hayes St. at Octavia, 415-552-2671.

And over in the Castro, ~CHURCHILL~ opens this Wednesday in the former Bar on Church/Transfer space from the partners behind Bloodhound and Double Dutch. For a previous recap in tablehopper, click here. Haighteration has a nice photo recap with lots of design details (and hello, beer taps), check it out. Open Mon-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat-Sun 2pm-2am. 198 Church St. at 14th St.

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The entrance to The Hidden Vine; photo from Yelp’s Bruce S.

A tablehopper reader wrote in to tell me ~THE HIDDEN VINE~, the tucked-away wine bar in the Fitzgerald Hotel across from Le Colonial, is going to have new owners: Sarah Trubnick (an ex-manager there) and Nikki Goddard (the current manager). They are going to be renaming the business ~THE BARREL ROOM~ and reopening at some point in August, they hope. Their plans include redecorating and refurnishing the place, while still maintaining a comfortable living room vibe. And look for big changes on the wine list: Trubnick is a certified sommelier, and Goddard is about to be, so they look forward to putting together “a killer wine list with small producers,” and they also plan to expand the menu beyond cheese and charcuterie. Meanwhile, it sounds like The Hidden Vine has plans to move to a location in the Financial District. Stand by for further updates. 620 Post St. at Taylor; entrance on Cosmo Pl.

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Photo from Yelp’s Maria D.

A tablehopper reader connected me with the new owners of ~ST. MARY’S PUB~ in Bernal Heights, Boston transplants Maria Davis and Jimmy Driscoll. They gave the dive quite the remodel and officially reopened last month with cherry red-tufted booths, and there’s also a pool table, pinball, a jukebox, and two TVs for watching local sports. The bar offers $4 drafts, $2.50 cans, and cheap well drinks, as well as a simple but well‐chosen top-shelf selection. Look for a bloody Mary menu launching in June. 3845 Mission St. at Crescent, 415‐529‐1325.

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Photo of H. Joseph Ehrmann by The Lush Life.

This month, The Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail is hosting three upcoming classes well worth considering (for those 21 and up, ahem). All classes take place at the Conservancy’s home, ~THE BOOTHBY CENTER FOR THE BEVERAGE ARTS~ located at 1161 Mission Street between 7th and 8th Streets. Check ‘em out.

On Wednesday June 8th, 7pm-9pm, learn How to Throw a Toe Tappin’ Tequila and Tapas Party with local chef Joanne Weir (James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, cooking teacher, and host of PBS television series Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class) and bartenders Ronaldo Colli (Bar Americano) and H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir). Joanne will be teaching recipes from her latest book, TEQUILA, like chorizo handpies, guacamole soup, smoked trout and tequila quesadillas with summer tomato salsa, and bay scallop ceviche. And don’t forget the tasty tequila cocktails! The class ($75) includes a signed copy of the book.

Then on Wednesday June 22nd, 6pm-8pm, it’s Introduction to Spirits, Part One: Understanding the Basis of All Cocktails, where you’ll “learn how to enjoy the culinary pleasures of spirits and understand what is actually going on in the glass and the bottle. You’ll walk out a more well-informed consumer and one step closer to a true connoisseur.” Spirits covered include vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and liqueurs. The class ($45; $40 with early bird discount) includes a tasting of spirits in different categories, with no food (so you might wanna dine beforehand).

Follow up on Thursday June 23rd, 7pm-9pm, with Mixology 101: Introduction to Mixology, Part One. The class will build a solid foundation for home bartending, teaching the necessary tools and techniques of cocktail construction for four basic yet oft misunderstood drinks: martinis, Manhattans, mojitos, and margaritas. All materials are included in the class ($65; $60 with early bird discount), and you get to consume everything you make.

Oh yeah, while we’re on the topic of drinks, it’s never too early to remind yourself that SF Cocktail Week will be September 19th-25th, 2011.

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