June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012

Hibiki 12-year whisky. Photo via Facebook.

If you’re still struggling to find a good Father’s Day activity, look to whisky. ~UMAMIMART~, ~CASK~, and Suntory Whisky have partnered up for a Japanese whisky tasting event at ~LOCAL EDITION~ on Sunday June 17th. Suntory’s Neyah White will lead participants in a barrel sampling of Japanese whiskies. Whisky and education about an interesting, obscure crafting process? Not sure about your father, but that sounds like my dad’s idea of a good time.

Tastings will begin at 1pm and 5pm, so you can go after lunch or before dinner, depending on where and when you plan to take Dad out to eat. Tickets are $100, and include admission for two and a bottle of Hibiki 12-year whisky for Pop to take home. Tickets are limited to 30 per session, so your father will have ample opportunity to ask embarrassing questions about everything. Which, really, is how it should be. 691 Market St. at 3rd St., 415-795-1375.


Joel Teitelbaum behind the new bar at the Starlight Room; photo from Kimpton.

Got relatives visiting and not sure which landmark spot to take them? Or a group of boozehounds ready for a night on the town? ~HARRY DENTON’S STARLIGHT ROOM~ at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel will be offering summertime cocktails for groups on their new Bottles and Bowls menu on Thursday evenings from 6pm-10pm until August 31st (it all starts Thursday June 28th). They will be pouring house-bottled and carbonated cocktails in a variety of summery combinations, including gin with housemade tonic (perfect for your WASPy aunt, right?). Each bottle is 750 ml and serves up to four sippers. If your group is larger, go for a bowl of Peach Pimm’s Punch or Sangria de Nona, which will serve up to six people.

There will also be group-friendly snacks (in, yes, bowls) like truffle popcorn and french fries. Open Tue-Sat at 6pm; “Sunday’s A Drag” brunch shows every Sunday at 12pm and 2:30pm (doors open at 11am). Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 21st floor, 450 Powell St. at Sutter, 415-395-8595.


The bar at Giordano Bros. in the Mission, now stocked with liquor! Photo courtesy of Giordano’s.

Just a couple of quick tidbits. First, ~CORKAGE~, the sake and wine shop that flanks Tsunami, just expanded into Cafe Abir next door (bar seats have been boosted from 5 to 15). In the evening, you can now order a variety of both Japanese- and Italian-style dishes from 5pm-10pm by Tsunami’s head chef “Shin Shingo.” And Todd Eng is the new manager of Corkage, and he’s fleshing out the wine selection with locally made wines. 1302 Fulton St. at Divisadero, 415-567-6503.

The next time you’re getting an all-in-one at ~GIORDANO BROS.~ in the Mission, you’ll be able to order cocktails—and not just a beer from the 24 taps. The spirits list will include local and independent distillers, and look for some ingredients from their in-house pickling stash. 3108 16th St. at Valencia, 415-437-BROS.

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