September 24, 2013

September 24, 2013
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The exterior of the Red Devil Lounge. Photo via Yelp by Fallopian Swim Team D.

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The fresh-hop IPAs from Almanac await you at La Movida. Photo via Facebook.

Over on Polk Street, the ~RED DEVIL LOUNGE~ will be ending its 16-plus-year run in 2014. Taking over the venue is Jamal Blake-Williams, who many Marina dwellers will recognize from The Tipsy Pig (where he has been the bar manager since it opened) and Mamacita. Once the Red Devil’s calendar wraps up on New Year’s Eve, the location will close for construction. Blake-Williams hopes to reopen it in March or April, and while the live music will be gone, his plans for the space are to make it a comfortable neighborhood bar, with quality cocktails, and some fun touches like pool, shuffleboard, and watching the game on Sunday. There’s no name yet so stand by for that, but one thing we do know is that there will be a lot more light in the space. He’s very excited about the project, and grateful for the many years of mentorship from Nate Valentine, Stryker Scales, and Sam Josi. 1695 Polk St. at Clay.

Happy WhiskyWeek, San Francisco. Last Tuesday we mentioned Elixir’s lineup of events this week, and here’s something else to look for. Parker Beam of Heaven Hill Distilleries—and a legend in the bourbon world—was sadly diagnosed with the debilitating ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). In order to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Foundation, some bars around town will be featuring cocktails made with bourbons from the Heaven Hill portfolio and making donations to the The Parker Beam Promise of Hope Fund. So if you swing by the following bars, take a look at their menus for what’s on offer: 15 Romolo (featuring Evan Williams Single Barrel, Elijah Craig 12-year, and Henry McKenna Single Barrel all week), Blackbird (serving a Manhattan with Evan Williams Single Barrel through Saturday September 28th), Wingtip, or Beretta (on Wednesday September 25th, they will be serving Henry McKenna Single Barrel all night). To your health, Parker!

A new happy hour for your radar: ~LA MOVIDA~ in the Mission is now offering their happy hour from 4:30pm-6:30pm. You’ll find specials on their tap beer and wine (like $2 off!), as well as specials featuring a flight of the limited-release, seasonal, fresh-hopped Almanac beers, kalimotxo (red wine and Mexican Coke), and micheladas. You’ll also find a happy hour menu that includes thrice-fried wings and a vegetarian version of their Monte Cristo sandwich. Wednesday is also designated the “new mom” happy hour with strollers welcomed. Yup, mother’s little helper comes in a liquid format, too. 3066 24th St. at Treat, 415-282-3066.

Ah yes: another fab Champagne dinner at ~SPRUCE~. On Tuesday October 15th, Laurent Fresnet, cellar master of Champagne Henriot (one of the last independent and family-owned houses in Champagne) will be present at the dinner, which will feature seven different wines, including two vintages of the house’s tête de cuvée. You can look at the lineup and the menu by chefs Mark Sullivan and John Madriaga here. $195, exclusive of tax and gratuity. 6:30pm. To reserve, call 415-931-5100,

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Bubbly with a view at the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting in 2012. Photo from Wine & Spirits website.

The time has come for one of the best wine tasting events around: Wine & Spirits Magazine is hosting its tenth annual Top 100 Tasting on Tuesday October 15th from 6:30pm-8:30pm (VIP entry at 5:30pm) at City View at the Metreon. The magazine has selected 100 wineries from around the world to participate, pouring wines that have performed the highest in the tasting the magazine has conducted this year.

You’ll be able to enjoy pours from locals like Hirsch/Sonoma Coast, Iron Horse/Green Valley, Lioco/Sonoma County, and Williams Selyem/Sonoma County, and international wineries, such as Elvio Cogno/Italy Piedmont, Felton Road/New Zealand Central Otago (a fave from my recent trip!), Dr. Loosen/Germany Mosel, A.R. Valdespino/Spain Jerez, and Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe/France Rhône. My advice? If you love Champagne, hit that table first—there are some wonderful houses, including Delamotte, Dom Pérignon, Krug, Louis Roederer, and Ruinart!

You won’t go hungry, either. A collection of “new and notable” restaurants will also be in attendance, each serving a signature dish to pair with the wines, including 1601 Bar & Kitchen (a tablehopper fave), A16 Rockridge, Aquitaine, Coqueta, and Farmshop Marin. Plus, you’ll find items to nibble from Hog Island Oysters, Kika’s Treats, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, Sour Flour Bread, and Socola Chocolates.

Yours truly will also be there, at a table loaded up with tablehopper T-shirts and hoodies with vintage San Francisco restaurant and bar logos—come by and say hello! Tickets are $105 general admission and $150 for VIP; proceeds benefit San Francisco Baykeeper. See you there!