February 21, 2012

February 21, 2012
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Some David Curiel damage dropped on me at the Hideout. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Here’s a little hodgepodge o’ cocktail news for you: let’s start with this update from Grub Street on the shituation at the ~GOLD DUST LOUNGE~ as they try to secure status as a historical landmark (and Willie Brown is now involved in trying to help save it). 247 Powell St. at Geary, 415-397-1695.

Bartender David Curiel of the Hideout (who always manages to make some of my very favorite drinks) is now offering cocktails on Thursdays at ~BROKEN RECORD~. His menu (Heart Attack and Vine) includes $8 drinks like the Desarmador with Oro Pisco, lime, grapefruit, agave, Angostura, and Prosecco; a Bourbon Mule; Blood and Sand; and a couple drinks by his cohorts, The Black Manhattan by Todd Smith (rye, Averna, coffee tincture) and The Black Daiquiri by Josh Harris (Pampero, Averna, lime, simple syrup, coffee tincture, orange bitters). He’s going to rotate some drinks each week, but one constant will be a shot of Irish whiskey and a spicy pickle back for $4 (the pickle juice will hopefully be ready by next week).

Over at ~DR. TEETH AND THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM~, Thursdays are now Thaco Thursdays, with $2 tacos (chicken, beef, mahi mahi, or vegetarian, with roasted beets, goat cheese, sweet potato fries) and two-for-one margaritas all night (depending on the liquor you choose, the price will vary, starting at $7 for house margaritas). And don’t forget: you can score a free ride to and from Bullitt, Tonic, Dr. Teeth (Mayhem) or Rebel—just “Hit up the man in the burgundy Suburban.” Call 415-830-7679. Pickups start at 8pm, and don’t forget to tip your driver. 2323 Mission St. at 19th St., 415-285-2380.

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This Wednesday February 22nd, swing by ~BAR DOGWOOD~ in Oakland starting at 8pm, and you’ll be able to get soused on some classic tiki drinks from “Trader” Chris Lane and Dion (“the Beachcomber”) Jardine (it’s also a birthday celebration). Hawaiian shirts welcome.

On Monday March 5th, ~WO HING GENERAL STORE~ is hosting a tiki night, starting at 6pm. Guest bartender Steven Liles from Smuggler’s Cove will be in the house, and chef Michelle Mah will be cooking modern updates of classic pu-pu platter bites.

Now’s your chance to attend one of Scott Beattie’s monthly Seasonal Cocktails class: thanks to a sponsorship by St. George Spirits, the class is now $30 off (tickets are $65). And if you use code tablehopper, you get another $10 off, how you like them apples? Beattie’s next class is Friday February 24th (future classes are on the last Friday of each month). (Pssssst, you can also use the tablehopper code for $10 off the Mixology 101 class by H. Joseph Ehrmann on March 7th.) It all goes down at ~THE BOOTHBY CENTER FOR THE BEVERAGE ARTS~.

March 1st-3rd, ~NOMBE~ is hosting a beer and sake tasting each evening with Japan’s most acclaimed craft beer maker, Kiuchi Brewery. The owner of the Kiuchi Brewery (and Hitachino), Mikio Kiuchi, will be at present on March 1st only to pour complementary welcome sake—so make resos now. Chef Noriyuki Sugie will be offering a dinner of four courses (small plates): Pacific saury and foie gras terrine, sun-dried sweet potato; mackerel brandade, pickled shishito pepper; rice-crusted swordfish, caramelized pork belly; spicy octopus and tripe, long beans; plus ramen made with hand-crafted miso, awazuke beef cheek. Seating is limited. $36. Call for more details and to reserve your space: 415-681-7150.