June 24, 2014

June 24, 2014
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The bucolic Bloomfield Farms. Photo from Facebook.

Looking for something fab to do tonight? There are still a few tickets left for Chenin-igans, a class led by the vivacious Vinny Eng at ~18 REASONS~. You’ll taste and learn about chenin blanc from someone who is very passionate about the wines being poured. 7pm-9pm, $30-$40.

Next Monday June 30th, ~STONES THROW~ is hosting another night in their Eat Like a Chef, Drink Like a Somm charitable dinner series, with a special dinner and wine pairings from Perbacco guests co-owner and chef Staffan Terje and co-owner and wine director Umberto Gibin. It’s $75 per person for the multicourse meal (inclusive of tax and gratuity), and $50 per person for beverage pairings. All proceeds benefit the SF-Marin Food Bank. Make your reservation from 6pm-8:45pm. Guests joining are also encouraged to donate a nonperishable food item to the drive. Look at the menu and reserve your spot here.

On Sunday July 13th from 4pm-9pm, head to Bloomfield Farms in Petaluma with David Lynch, Bill Niles, and the crew at ~ST. VINCENT~ for a three-course farm dinner with lots of wine (but only if you’re not still drunk and rowdy from the World Cup final game at noon that day!). They’ll transport you to the farm, with HenHouse Saison, Wind Gap rosé, and a snack for the ride. Then, you’ll get to tour the farm, hang out in the sunshine, and enjoy dinner in the barn. The menu features produce from Bloomfield Farms and their neighbors, and there will be lots of wine from Wind Gap, Kutch, and Banshee. Tickets are $165 and include tax, gratuity, and transportation (but not the $10 service fee).

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A look from above (on the mezzanine). Photo courtesy of Drexl Bar.

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The bar area. Photo courtesy of Drexl Bar.

We told you about ~DREXL BAR~ at the end of last year—a bar coming to Uptown Oakland from Demetrius “Deech” Chapin-Rienzo (a partner in Vintage 415) and Adi Taylor—and we’re happy to announce the bar is now softly open. To recap, it’s meant to be a neighborhood hangout, with well-made (but not too fussy) cocktails, plenty of room to chill, and there’s also a mezzanine with Skee-Ball and Pac-Man for those who would like another way to forget their workday.

Howie Slater is running the bar, with cocktails like a Navy-strength Jamaican rum collins with maraschino liqueur topped with Schofferhofer grapefruit beer; a variation on an Americano using Carpano Bianco vermouth, Cocchi Americano, and sparkling wine; and some classics like the Vieux Carré, Boulevardier, Scofflaw, Last Word, Remember the Maine, and the Corpse Reviver No. 2. You’ll also find wine on tap (white, red, and rosé) and good beers. There are other local bartenders pulling shifts, so you may see some familiar faces, and Sundays and Mondays will probably draw an industry crowd.

The interior has some industrial and metal finishes, softened with faintly glowing globe lights overhead, natural-modern wood stools, weathered murals on the walls (vintage wallpaper and exposed plaster were uncovered during demolition), and wood floors. It’s a high-ceilinged space, with tall windows that let in nice light in the early evening. There’s a variety of seating, whether you want a spot at the black-tiled bar, a high-top table by the window, or the more loungy area with booths and cocktail tables. There’s also the upstairs mezzanine, with couches, more tables, and the games we mentioned.

Drexl is conveniently a couple of blocks from The Fox, so you can swing by for a pre- or postshow drink, and the early hours also make it a good after-work spot. There are plans to add some bar snacks and bites, stand by on that. Initial hours are looking like Sun-Thu 5pm-12am and Fri-Sat 5pm-2am (subject to change as needed). 382 19th St. at Franklin, Oakland.

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Hawthorn’s lounge area and bar. Photo by Mike DiMonaco of Mad Imaging.

On Tuesday July 1st, the subterranean ~HAWTHORN~ is opening downtown in the former Lot 46. It’s a cocktail lounge and club—with a very souped-up sound system—from partners Chadwick Baumbach (Kimpton Group, La Costanera) and Gabriel McWilliams, with Jenny Kiely (Mars Bar) running the front of the house and Nate Mezmer (EyeHeartSF) doing the talent booking. They aim to offer a bar and lounge experience in the earlier evening, followed by dancing and music later at night.

Ethan Terry, an alum of Alembic and 15 Romolo, created the bar menu, with twists on the standard nightclub drinks, like a high-end take on the Midori sour called the “Mucho Melon Sour” with vodka, fresh cantaloupe, and housemade jalapeño juice, lemon, Chareau Aloe liqueur, and egg white. As for that sound system, it’s a custom-built Void Tri Motion from the U.K. (apparently the first in North America). Hours will be Tue-Wed 5pm-12am, Thu-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 7pm-2am. 46 Geary St. at Kearny, 415-693-9255.

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