October 23, 2012

October 23, 2012
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The myriad mirrorballs at Deco. Photo by Alexandra Munson via Facebook.

A few weeks ago I mentioned that it looked like new owners were taking over ~DECO~. While I can’t seem to get any info on the new owners and concept, the Deco folks wrote back to let me know the last day of operations is Monday November 5th. Leading up to the closure, check out the site for a variety of special events. Wah waaaaah. 510 Larkin St. at Ellis.

Another gay bar sadly bites the dust: Eater breaks the news that ~REBEL~ is closing, and the space will be 1772 Market Street, rentable for public and private events. It comes with a full kitchen, DJ booth, and stage, and the entertainment license means you can rock out until 4am. 1772 Market St. at Octavia.

And just across the street, Hayeswire announces former city supervisor Chris Daly’s ~BUCK TAVERN~ is closing after a Halloween blowout party. 1655 Market St. at Gough.

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A student at a previous Market Fresh Cocktail Class. Photo from Facebook.

It’s always a good time to be a good mixer of drinks, but the impending holiday party season might be the best time to know your way around the bar. Brush up on your cocktail-makin’ skillz at the Market Fresh Cocktail Class at the Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts on Thursday October 25th, with bartender Brian MacGregor of the upcoming Wingtip (and formerly of Jasper’s and Jardinière). He’ll be mixing up a bunch of drinks using seasonal ingredients and will send you on your way with ideas for what to mix in the coming months. The class includes all the materials and booze you’ll need to mix the drinks in class, and you get to try it all out too.

Tickets are $95, but tablehopper readers can enter promotional code “tablehopper” at checkout for a $20 discount. Get your tickets and details here. 7pm-9pm, 1161 Mission St. Suite 120, at 7th St.

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The bar at Blackbird. Photo from Facebook.

On Thursday October 25th, Sunset Magazine will be at ~JARDINIÈRE~ as part of their guest bartender series. From 6pm-8pm, they’ll be in the lounge serving the special Pisco Sunset drink, made with pisco, cucumber, and pomegranate. Paired with the cocktail special will be a tasting plate of grilled beef heart, pepper, and chimichurri. Yup, beef heart! The drink and tasting plate each cost $9, and all proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Then, on Tuesday November 6th, celebrate the end of the election cycle with a drink at ~BLACKBIRD~ in the Castro. From 6pm-8pm St. George Spirits will be on hand, serving cocktails made with their Botanivore and Terroir gins (yup, tasty stuff). Representatives from St. George will also be in attendance, answering questions about their gins and serving tastes, so you can try them un-mixed too. The event is free, and the special cocktails will be $6 each. 2124 Market St. at Church, 415-503-0630.

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Some of the ingredients you’ll find at CUESA’s fall cocktail event. Photo from Facebook.

The final CUESA cocktail event of the year is coming up on Wednesday November 7th at the ~FERRY BUILDING~, so get your tickets while you can. The theme for this month is Election Hangover, so whether you’re celebrating a victory, drowning your sorrows, or not sure you care, there’s a drink for you. You’ll get two full-size cocktails, plus nine sample-size sips to try out. It’s all accompanied by nibbles from local restaurants, too, to soak up all that booze. Particpating bartenders include Aurora Siegel (Hotsy Totsy), Claire Sprouse (Rickhouse), and Edgar Tamayo (Azucar), to name just a few. Tickets are $40, and can be found here, along with the full list of participants.