March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012
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Gold Star Bar. Photo by Michael David Rose via UrbanDaddy.

A couple new bars have opened near each other: UrbanDaddy brings word of ~GOLD STAR BAR~, a bar with some school-themed décor like student desks near the pool table and globes. Open 2pm-2am daily. 1548 California St. at Polk, 415-292-5004.

And Grub Street notes the upcoming opening of the ironically named ~BIG~, a tiny slip of a bar from Jones owner Peter Glikshtern and manager Jordan Langer. They are reportedly taking over a petite space in the Vantaggio Suites (previously Cosmo Hotel) and opening a bar in the coming months (no date at this time). 761 Post St. at Leavenworth.

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The San Francisco Belle; photo from Whiskies of the World.

The 13th annual ~WHISKIES OF THE WORLD EXPO~ grand tasting is back in San Francisco on Saturday March 31st aboard the San Francisco Belle, a Hornblower yacht, which will stay docked for the over 1,500 guests who will be tasting hundreds of whiskies and artisanal spirits and meeting whisk(e)y makers and ambassadors from around the world.

Embark at 6pm to explore three ballroom-sized decks of tasting booths—see the extensive pour list here. If it’s your kinda thing, head up to the open-roof top deck for cigar and whisk(e)y pairings. Also included: a full buffet dinner, artisanal food pairings, a live Bushmills Pipe and Drum concert, Masterclasses, live jazz music, and more. Get your tickets online, and use code TABLEHOPPER for $10 off the $120 general admission ticket price!

Master Cicerone Rich Higgins has stepped down from his position as brewmaster at ~SOCIAL KITCHEN & BREWERY~ in order to find the time to dedicate to his consulting business. Incoming brewmaster Kim Sturdavant—previously a brewer at Marin Brewing Company for the past six years—will be taking over for Rich.