October 11, 2011

October 11, 2011
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The outdoor bocce court. Photo: Rebecca Kinney. © tablehopper.com.

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Interior photo by Rebecca Kinney. © tablehopper.com.

Ever since vacating its eight-year-old location in the Lower Nob Hill, ~THE HIDDEN VINE~ is opening its new Financial District location on Tuesday October 18th. Owner Danielle Kuzinich and Becky Pezzullo (previously at Bar Bambino) have spent the summer the tasting wines and perfecting dishes for the new location. There will be over 140 wines on the list, with 40 available by the glass.

There will be a menu of seasonal small plates made with local ingredients to keep you off your liquid diet, and you can take out your post-work aggressions on the outdoor bocce ball court. Actually, that’s not the place to do it. Be chill. Like in the comfy chairs and leather couches. Yeah, over there by the fireplace. Hours will be Tue-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 4pm-1am, Sun-Mon closed for private parties. 408 Merchant St. at Battery, 415-674-3567

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The Bloody Mary bar; photo from Seasons.

As if you needed a reason to have another bloody Mary at brunch, but here’s one anyway. ~SEASONS~ at the Four Seasons Hotel has launched a Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar for weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday, featuring unlimited top-shelf vodka.

Your bottomless vodka choices include Absolut, Hangar One, Ketel One, and Grey Goose. Then add to that all the juices, seasonings, and garnishes that your bartender’s heart desires. Choose from fresh tomato juice or Clamato. Spice your drink up with seasonings from mild to extra spicy, from bacon, lime, or celery salt to black pepper, fresh horseradish, pico de gallo, and more. Top off with a selection of fresh and pickled garnishes, like wasabi pickled green beans, smoked okra, cherry peppers, limes, cucumbers, and olives. So many choices, so little time.

Or you can keep it simple and just order Mary’s Doppelganger, the bloody Mary rendition from bar manager Oliver Lee. This transparent drink is based on tomato-infused water, and was named one of the Best Bloody Marys in San Francisco by Square One Vodka, FYI.

The Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar is included with the purchase of a two- or three-course brunch ($45 and $50, respectively) Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am-2:30pm. Resos recommended. 757 Market St. at 3rd St., 415-633-3838.