November 12, 2013

November 12, 2013
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One of the fall cocktail offerings at CUESA’s Beat Them to the Punch. Photo from Facebook.

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Give Back the Bird’s participating bartenders. Photo by Allison Webber.

~ELIXIR~ has been operating as a bar for at least 155 years, according to historical documents, but on Saturday November 16th, they’ll be celebrating a different anniversary. H. Joseph Ehrmann reopened the bar 10 years ago after a big restoration and repair project, and has been slinging cocktails ever since. Join him, along with several of the bar’s past and current staff, for a 10th (and 155th) Anniversary Party from 12pm-6pm that includes special beers, cocktails, and punches at 2003 prices. Ryan Farr and 4505 Meats will also be in attendance, offering barbecue to add to the festivities. Food is free with the purchase of a beverage, but donations will be accepted for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The next day (how convenient), on Sunday November 17th, they’ll be hosting their Hangover Brunch series, with former bar manager and current corporate chef Jack Andrews. You’ll find hangover-friendly vittles, plus Bloody Elixirs, punches, and cold beer to cure whatever ails you, all from 11am-5pm. The next one will be Sunday December 8th, so you can plan ahead for that too. 3200 16th St. at Guerrero, 415-552-1633.

Brace against the chill in the air with some seasonal cocktails from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market at ~BEAT THEM TO THE PUNCH: FALL COCKTAILS OF THE FARMERS MARKET~ on Wednesday November 20th from 5:30pm-8:30pm. You’ll find warm spiced drinks and holiday punches, all made with seasonal produce like pomegranate, persimmon, pear, and citrus. Participating bartenders include Tayler Buffington (Range), Erik Ellestad (Heaven’s Dog), and Trent Simpson (La Urbana). Tickets are $45 and include two full-size and 11 sample-size cocktails, plus nibbles from local restaurants and a recipe book to re-create the beverages at home. Ferry Building Great Hall, Embarcadero at Market.

This Thanksgiving, Wild Turkey Bourbon is sponsoring ~GIVE BACK THE BIRD~, a fundraiser for the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. Here’s how it works: from now until November 30th, local bars will be featuring a Wild Turkey cocktail, and proceeds from the sale of each drink go to the Food Bank. Look for beverages at Rye, Trick Dog, and 15 Romolo; take a look at all the participating bars and their offerings here. Cheers to the bird!

According to East Bay Dish, ~THE PUNCHDOWN~ is sadly pouring its last glass of natural wine and closing on Friday November 15th due to losing their lease. The owners hope to reopen elsewhere, follow them on Facebook for updates. 2212 Broadway Ave. at Grand, Oakland.

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The conveyor belt bar (and in-progress back bar) at Odd Job. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

A few weeks ago, we gave you a sneak peek of ~ODDJOB~, the new SoMa bar from Jeff Whitmore (Public Works), Pete Glikshtern (Jones), and Jordan Langer (Big), and this is just a note to let you know the bar is officially open! Whether you want to grab a straightforward drink from the front bar or a bespoke number from the back bar, they have you covered. 1337 Mission St. at Washburn (near 9th St).

A friend who lives on Nob Hill alerted me to a sign hanging in the window of ~CAFE ROYALE~, announcing it’s closed for the month of November for some repairs, and is due to open the first week of December. Since they just got their full liquor license, it sounds like they are ready to take things to the next level. 800 Post. St. at Leavenworth, 415-441-4099.

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Some of the Beaujolais on offer at Arlequin’s 2012 bash. Photo from Facebook.

It’s that time of year when Beaujolais imports start coming in droves from France. If you’re a fan, don’t miss ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~’s eighth annual Beaujolais Bash on Thursday November 21st, from 6pm-8pm. They’ll be pouring more than 25 wines (including Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Brun, Alain Coudert, Jean-Paul Thévenet, Jean Foillard, Bruno Debize), many from the 10 cru villages in the region, plus some more innovative “nouveau” styles. No crap. And if you really love a bottle, all of them will be priced at 10 percent off. The event costs $35, just pay at the door.

It’s always bubbles o’clock as far as we’re concerned, which means it’s a perfect time to check out this Champagne and sparkling wine tasting from The Vinguard: Living in the Bubbles. It’s happening on Friday November 15th from 6pm-9pm at the Smoking Nun Gallery in SoMa, and includes 25 sparkling wines from several wine regions, including Champagne. The focus is on environmentally responsible wines, at reasonable prices. Tickets are $50, and 20 percent of all proceeds go to No Bully, an organization committed to ending bullying in schools. Cheers to that. 1116 Folsom St. at 7th St.

On Saturday November 23rd, don’t miss the 15th annual PinotFest at ~FARALLON~ from 3pm-6pm. The popular event includes pinot noir from more than 50 producers from Oregon and California, including Alma Rosa, Bonaccorsi, Lynmar, Merry Edwards, Pey-Marin, and Twomey. Farallon will be providing appetizers, as well. Tickets are $100 per person. 450 Post St. at Powell, 4th Floor, 415-956-6969.