November 8, 2011

November 8, 2011
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And there you have it: Mark’s Bar. Photo from Facebook.

Over in the Excelsior, Eater has the details about the conversion of The Dr’s into ~THE DOCTOR’S LOUNGE~, from new owners Rochelle McCune and David Henry. The combination bar and restaurant will continue to offer weekend brunch and Thursday night family-style dinners (“cooked by Harold,” who seems to have been doing it for years), although chef Damon Bruner has been brought in to update the brunch menu. Cathead’s BBQ will be handling weekday lunch and dinner on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings, along with offering a bar bites menu. The grand opening is scheduled for this Friday, 11-11-11. Open Mon-Fri 9am-2am, and Sat-Sun 8am-2am (weekend brunch is 8am-2pm). 4826 Mission St. at Ocean, 415-586-9730.

The new owner of the former Lush Lounge location, Mark Aloiau, finally got his liquor license (well, a temporary one), and has opened ~MARK’S BAR~. Eater reports: “Like predecessor Lush, it’s a ‘super straight-friendly gay bar.’” 1092 Polk St. at Post.

And I heard from the owners of ~DELL’UVA~, alerting me they have opened their second location on Mission Street in Bernal. The owners will be offering the same combo as their North Beach location: wine, beer, and small plates of Mediterranean food. They mentioned a wine selection that comes from all over the world, and a list of artisanal beers. For food, they mentioned cheese plates, pâté, cured meats, salads, thin crust pizza, and a small dessert menu, with more to come (as well as later hours) in the future. Mon-Fri 9am-midnight, and Sat-Sun 10am-midnight. 3235 Mission St. at Fair, 415-970-0511.

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Flickr photo from Almanac Beer.

It’s time for the latest release from ~ALMANAC BEER~: Autumn 2011 Farmhouse Pale with Plums, and there are a few events lined up to celebrate. On Monday November 14th, Hapa Ramen will be doing a pop-up dinner at Bar Tartine (two seatings at 6pm and 8:30pm). Tickets are $86.80, which includes food, beer, tax, gratuity, and fees. See the menu and purchase tickets here.

You’ll also be able to try the beer at the Fatted Calf Pork Happy Hour on Wednesday November 16th (from 5:30pm-7pm) in Hayes Valley, and there will be a City Beer Store Bottle Release Party on Friday November 18th at 6pm, with Almanac-inspired chocolates by Nosh This, and a special keg of Sour Summer 2010 Blackberry Vintage Ale will be available as well.

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Make a toast to West Coast pinot noir at the 13th annual PinotFest Grand Tasting event at ~FARALLON~ on Saturday November 19th, 3pm-6pm, in the restaurant’s private dining rooms. This extensive tasting of pinot noirs features 60 of the best producers from Oregon and California (you’ll get to meet the winemakers too), plus hors d’oeuvres prepared by chef de cuisine Ryan Simas to complement the wines.

The killer lineup of participating wineries includes Adelsheim, Alma Rosa, Argyle, Au Bon Climat, Beaux Frères, Bonaccorsi, Brewer-Clifton, Brittan, Byron, Calera, Cambria, Chehalem, Cobb, Costa de Oro, Domaine Drouhin, Domaine Serene, Drake, El Molino, Etude, Failla, Fiddlehead, Flowers, Fort Ross, Foxen, Freeman, Freestone, Gloria Ferrer, Greenwood Ridge, Handley, Hartford, Hendry, Hitching Post, Iron Horse, J Vineyards, Keller Estate, Lioco, Littorai, Londer, Lynmar, Marimar Estate, Melville, Merry Edwards, Michaud, Morgan, Patz & Hall, Paul Hobbs, Peay, Pey-Marin, Ponzi, Radio Coteau, Robert Sinskey, Saintsbury, Siduri, Skewis, Soliste, Soter, Talisman, Talley, Tendril, Testarossa, Thomas Fogarty, Whitcraft, and Williams Selyem.

$100 per person; tickets online.