July 23, 2013

July 23, 2013
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A mojito awaits (on the sunny patio at Virgil’s Sea Room). Photo via Facebook.

As previously reported on tablehopper, ~DOGPATCH SALOON~ is getting a new team of owners and a remodel. Well, the dust has settled and Eater reports that they are now open for business. They opened last night, with a list of craft cocktails and 10 beers on tap. They’re open Mon-Fri 2pm-2am and Sat-Sun 12pm-2am. 2496 3rd St. at 22nd St., 415-643-8592.

~BLACKBIRD BAR~ is turning four, and celebrating with a redesign (improved seating and furnishings and a new pool table), an expanded wine list (look for more wines to choose from, plus half-bottles), and an expanded back bar (60 new offerings in all, with an emphasis on Scotch and American whiskey). They plan to have all the changes in place by Sunday August 11th. 2124 Market St. at Church, 415-503-0630.

Our Indian summer is still impending, but ~VIRGIL’S SEA ROOM~ is all ready for you with their new patio. You can swing by this Friday July 26th and check it out at a free party with The Bold Italic, 7pm-2am; there will be food, a photo booth, free giveaways, and more. 3152 Mission St. at Valencia, 415-829-2233.

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The salty honey walnut pie from Three Babes Bakeshop. Photo by Colin Price via Facebook.

Here are two words that are great together: pie and cocktails. Get them both on Thursday July 25th at the ~BURRITT ROOM~ when Three Babes Bakeshop will be serving their exceptional pies paired with special cocktails from 8pm-12am. The Babes’ salty honey walnut pie will be paired with the Mark Twain (Scotch, ginger, honey, lemon, Angostura bitters), or try the peach pie with a Berlinetta (Bourbon, Cynar, Carpano Antica, blood orange bitters). Pie slices are $5 and whole pies are $35 for dine-in or takeout, and all cocktails are $12. 417 Stockton St. at Sutter, 415-400-0561.

Did you know that Peruvian independence day is Sunday July 28th? Now you do, and it’s a good thing, too, because there are a couple of places around town to celebrate. First up, check out the specials at ~DESTINO~ and ~PISCO~. From Friday July 26th through Sunday July 28th they’ll be serving special dishes including ceviche à la Peruana, and a special cocktail called the Mint Chicano (quebranta pisco, lime, mint, and ginger ale) for only $5. 1817 Market St. at Octavia, 415-874-9951.

And on Sunday July 28th from 2pm-2am, ~CANTINA~ will be pouring pisco sours for the happy hour price of $7. Sweet. 580 Sutter St. at Mason, 415-398-0195.

On Tuesday July 30th, check out an Italian-focused pop-up wine bar at ~PLUMPJACK WINES~ on Fillmore Street. They’ll be pouring a selection of eight Italian wines from different regions, along with Italian cheese pairings. Wines will be available in two- or four-ounce pours, flights, or by the bottle. The event runs from 5:30pm-8:30pm, and costs will vary depending on the wine. 3201 Fillmore St. at Greenwich, 415-346-9870.

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The over-full cellar at Abbot’s Cellar. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.

Beer lovers, here are a few things to add to your suds radar: The ~PRESS CLUB~ just kicked off its annual Summer of Saison, with six top breweries (like Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Evil Twin Brewing, Brasserie Dupont, and Brasserie Trois Dames) and their finest saisons showcased through Sunday July 28th. There will also be some summertime dishes to pair with them.

This weekend, ~THE ABBOT’S CELLAR~ is turning one and is hosting a cellar sale on Saturday July 27th from 10 am-2pm. Since the opening of The Monk’s Kettle in 2007, cellar master and co-owner Christian Albertson has been carefully setting aside beers to age in cellars. And now they have more aged beer than they can fit on the lists, so come on by for specials on beers like a 2002 Alaskan Smoked Porter ($14); The Bruery Anniversary Series: Papier, Coton, Cuir, Fruet, Bois ($29-$45); 2008 Stone Double Bastard ($13); and more.

And on Sunday July 28th, ~ST. VINCENT~ is hosting a special Sumac Summer beer dinner with some of Craftsman Brewing’s rarest beers, and you get to taste the “Summer Sumac” beer they both collaborated on. Tickets are $79 (includes gratuity); two seatings at 6pm and 8:30pm. Buy tickets here. UPDATE: The date has been moved to Sunday August 11th.

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The private dining room at Salumeria/Central Kitchen. Photo from Central Kitchen.

On Friday August 2nd, catch a wave of pinot at ~903~ with wine critic Alder Yarrow of Vinography.com at the first dinner in a series of Taste of Bernal Heights events. The evening includes five courses prepared in partnership with Mutsumi Takehara of Sandbox Bakery, and four pinot noir wine pairings (including wines from Peay Vineyards, Kutch Wines, Red Car Wine, and Chanin Wine). Tickets are $100 (not including tip), and there are two seatings: 5:30pm and 8pm. 903 Cortland Ave. at Gates, 415-678-5759.

Don’t miss one of ~ATELIER CRENN~’s special wine dinners on Thursday August 8th from 7pm-11pm. This one features mature wines (and a visit) from Piedmontese winemaker Giorgio Pelissero, starting with a glass of 1992 “En Tirage RD.” The rest of the wines (six) and the menu are still being determined; in the meantime, get your reservations by emailing or calling Rachel Lewis at 415-823-6723. The dinner goes from 7pm-11pm and costs $275 per person.

On Tuesday August 13th, head to ~CENTRAL KITCHEN~ for a dinner with Aaron Inman of Romililly Wines, a longtime friend of chef Ryan Pollnow. The dinner features five courses, all paired with Inman’s Russian River wines, and will be served in the Salumeria seating area. Seatings are available at 5:45pm and 9:15pm, and tickets are $195 per person.

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