March 12, 2013

March 12, 2013

Raise a glass to San Francisco’s shady past on Thursday March 14th at the Hooch, Harlots, and History Party at the Old Mint. The event, which is a fundraiser for FlipSide, a San Francisco history and event group, will feature stories from local history buffs (like Cantina’s Duggan McDonnell and “Broke Ass” Stuart) about our fair city’s dark, twisted, and very quirky past, plus drinks from 21st Amendment and Pisco will be available. Tickets are $10 ($5 for SF Museum and History Society members), and include one drink, a docent-led tour of the Mint, live music, and lots of knowledge. The event is from 6:30pm-9:30pm. 88 5th St. at Mission.


Yong San Lounge; Yelp photo by Kevin Y.

ABC permits reveal Lower Nob Hill/Union Square dive bar ~YONG SAN LOUNGE~ is being taken over by the Duncan Ley/Benjamin Bleiman gang (Bullitt, Tonic, Dr. Teeth, Lightning Tavern, and more). I am beginning to fear for bona fide barflies in this town—with every seedy corner dive bar getting snapped up lately, it’s going to become even harder to find a place where the bartender knows your name and you can nurse a cheap beer in peace under the cheap glow of some Christmas lights. 895 Bush St. at Taylor, 415-771-1838.

There’s a new brewery and taproom coming to SoMa this summer, ~CELLARMAKER BREWING COMPANY~. Grub Street has more details about this project from Connor Casey (Fritz Winery, Press Club, and Marin Brewing Company) and brewer Tim Sciascia (Marin Brewing Company and Samuel Adams). They will be focusing on beers made with unique hops from around the world, and some “Belgian-style saisons, stouts aged in bourbon barrels, and sour beers aged in wine barrels with different fruit combinations.” Stand by for updates in coming months. 1150 Howard St. at 7th St.

Grub Street also has an update on what’s next for the former Trigger location in the Castro, ~BEAUX~. The owners of The Edge, Midnight Sun, and Q Bar are taking it over and plan to open in late summer or early fall. Look for a more approachable style from Geremia Design, some cocktails that have a bit of attention paid to them, and dancing on the weekends. 2344 Market St. at Noe.

(~MIDNIGHT SUN~ is also getting a refresh by designer Craige Walters (Fable) and should not be closing during the process. Stand by for a new look by June, which will include a new front wall with windows.)


The beautiful vineyards of Champagne. Photo: ©


Photo from luella.

You love bubbles? Yeah, me too. Book your spot for a special Billecart-Salmon Champagne pairing dinner at ~SPRUCE~ on Tuesday March 19th at 6:30pm. Dinner will highlight the Billecart-Salmon line of Champagnes, including vintage, nonvintage, rosé, and their new barrel-fermented and aged release, sous bois (there will be eight in all). Geoffrey Loisel, the general manager for Billecart-Salmon U.S., will be present. $198, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 415-931-5100 to reserve.

On Thursday March 21st, ~COI~ will be hosting Andrew and Adam Mariani of Scribe Winery for a five-course dinner. $150, includes both food and wine. Reservations are required and can be made via or by calling 415-393-9000.

Okay, looking for something a little less spendy? For the month of March, ~LUELLA~ in Russian Hill is celebrating eight years with its annual wine special. Every Sunday through Thursday, every wine on the by-the-glass menu will be available for $4 per glass or $20 per bottle. 1896 Hyde St. at Green, 415-674-4343.


Photo by Kelly Pulieo.

Some badass Bay Area women are getting together to create a beautiful new cocktail book, and they could use your help. Pür Spirits, a local women-owned spirits company, and talented photographer Kelly Puleio are producing a book featuring recipes from—and portraits of—some of the Bay Area’s finest female bartenders (the look will be inspired by Art Deco, Tamara de Lempicka, and 1930s Berlin). The book will also include lots of Bay Area bar history and lore, and will provide a fun, visually arresting look at our local cocktail culture and its roots. The book will be called Cocktail Cult: Free Spirited Cocktails & Pure Spirited Women. To pay for the printing costs of the book, they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign, so you and your fabulous self can get involved. Their goal is $15,000, and anything above that will be used to compensate Puleio for her costs.

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