December 17, 2013

December 17, 2013
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The interior at Third Rail. Photo courtesy Third Rail.

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The vintage train station clock. Photo courtesy Third Rail.

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The bar. Photo courtesy Third Rail.

As we mentioned last week, the new bar project from Jeff Lyon and Phil West, ~THIRD RAIL~, is now open. The pair previously worked at Range, and the name actually comes from a cocktail on the Range bar menu (you’ll find it here too). The design of the bar (from the team at Paxton Gate) is a nod to the transit hub nature of the neighborhood, with the Caltrain station nearby, the T-Line, and Dogpatch’s history as a center of train activity. It’s a long and narrow space (yep, like a railcar), with a bar that seats 15 and booths designed to mimic train compartments. There are vintage touches throughout, including in the arches over the bar and the clock, which is from a French train station.

As for the beverages, check out this piece for lots of details on the cocktail options. There are also four beers on tap, as well as a red and a white wine. You can take a look at the opening menu right here. To keep you fueled up, there is also a selection of jerky and cured meats available by the ounce. Flavors will rotate with the seasons, and there is also a vegetarian option. Hours are daily 3pm-2am. 628 20th St. at 3rd St., 415-252-7966.

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The new Cask location. Photo from Cask via Twitter.

Just in time for those holiday libations, we caught a Tweet that ~CASK~ has opened a second location, this time in SoMa’s Rincon Center. The new location is offering many of the same spirits as the original location, as well as more than 300 bottles of wine, many of them from small-production wineries. There is also an expanded beer selection. For now, it’s open softly, from 12pm-3pm or 4pm, depending on how busy they get. 101 Spear St. at Mission, 415-500-2276.

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The wonderful Vinny Eng. Photo from Facebook.

Looking to learn more about what distinguishes a good value wine from a simply cheap one? Check out this class at ~18 REASONS~ from the engaging Vinny Eng on Wednesday January 22nd from 7pm-9pm. He’ll be discussing the differences between good value wines and cheap ones, as well as helping you figure out some techniques for selecting good ones. He’ll also be pouring tastes from five of his favorites, all of which retail for less than $20. Tickets are $40 per person, or $30 for 18 Reasons members.

The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (or ZAP) are back in town with their zin-tastic festival, now called the ~ZINFANDEL EXPERIENCE~. It runs from Thursday January 23rd to Saturday January 25th at the Presidio and the Four Seasons. There are a ton of different ways to experience the varietal, from a winemaker dinner to workshops on food pairings, flights, and regionally focused tastings. For tickets and more information, head here. Tickets start at $70 for non-members and $60 for members, and packages are also available. Locations vary.

Don’t miss the release of the new third English edition of the ~SLOW WINE GUIDE~ on Monday January 27th at Terra Gallery in SoMa. The Italian wine event includes tastings of wines in the guide, as well as a chance to take a look at the guide and meet some of the producers featured in it. The trade and press portion of the event runs from 1pm-5pm and registration is free; the public event is from 6pm-8:30pm and tickets are $45, including a copy of the guide. 511 Harrison St. at 1st St.