June 2, 2015

June 2, 2015
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The (former) bar at Amante. Yelp photo by Renee E.

Some breaking bar news: Pete Mrabe (of Chubby Noodle and Don Pisto’s notoriety) is the new owner of ~AMANTE~ in North Beach. He was already operating Chubby Noodle in there, but will be changing the menu format since Chubby Noodle is moving to the former Pisto’s Tacos space (more on that in our earlier post here). Mrabe plans to update the cocktail menu—he’s hiring a consultant to create signature cocktails, and he’s fired up to get some quality ice in there too (but don’t worry, he’s not into anything too fancy, just what’s tasty and fun). We’ll keep you posted on his plans for the space. 570 Green St. at Columbus, 415-361-8850.

Meanwhile, the Financial District is going to have a new bar called ~THE TREASURY~ from former Bacar vets Arnold Eric Wong (also E&O), bartender Carlos Yturria (Lure + Till, Claude Lane, Absinthe), and Phil West (Range, Third Rail), and partner Steven Werney of Teutonic Construction (25 Lusk). Look for quickly prepared craft cocktails, local beer and wine on tap, and a menu with plenty of bar snacks. Scoop reports it will be opening in late fall (this is the same historic 1912 building where Blue Bottle Café is opening in a couple of weeks). We learned that Geremia Design (Hogwash, Coffee Bar, Churchill) is behind the “New York-style bar” interior, which will include “soaring ceilings, rich textures, and gilded details.” 115 Sansome St. at Bush.

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Tequila ready for tasting at Hecho. Photo via Facebook.

Join ~NICO~ and wine importer Martine Saunier (founder of Martine’s Wines), plus current president Greg Castells, on Thursday June 4th for a screening of the new film A Year in Champagne and a special four-course dinner. Oh, and maybe some Champagne too (of course). The film spotlights Saunier as she travels throughout Champagne and meets with the producers she works with there, and this fun evening will include many of the wines featured in the film.

The evening starts at 6pm with movie snacks and Champagne to enjoy during the show. Then, midway through the film, chef Nicolas Delaroque will serve a four-course menu paired with even more Champagne (including the rare Gonet-Médeville Champ D’Alouette 2002). The dinner menu will be determined the day of the event for optimal seasonality, but you can check out the wines and snacks here. Tickets are $165 per person and include food, Champagne pairings, tax, and tip. 3228 Sacramento St. at Lyon, 415-359-1000.

Downtown’s ~CLIFT HOTEL~ is celebrating 100 years in business this month. To celebrate, they’re throwing a cocktail party at the Redwood Room on Thursday June 4th from 8pm to 2am, featuring cocktails from many of San Francisco’s best bartenders. Look for drinks from Nora Furst (Lolinda), Shawn Vergara (Blackbird), and Daniel Godinez (15 Romolo), which will be available at the cocktail party and will then become part of the regular drink menu. The party also includes live entertainment and bites. Plus, 15 precent of all drink sales from the month of June will be donated to the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. Cheers! 495 Geary St. at Taylor, 415-775-4700.

On Monday June 8th, head to ~HECHO~ to learn everything you need to know about tequila from bar manager Amar Dillon. Every month, Dillon will be offering a Monday class with different tequilas. You’ll have a chance to sample blancos, reposados, and even some mezcal. Tickets to the class are $45 and include an hour-long class, tastings, and plenty of appetizer bites to keep you sippin’. The class is 7pm-8pm. 2200 Market St. at 15th St., 415-231-6267.

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The future home of Armstrong Brewing, currently under construction. Photo from Facebook.

South San Francisco is about to get a new brewery (well, kind of), called ~ARMSTRONG BREWING~. The brewery is actually moving to a new location on Grand Avenue, after several years brewing in a location that closed last year. The new space is opening this summer, hopefully at the end of July, depending on permits and construction. Once they do open, look for six different beers on tap that will rotate out every two weeks or so to keep things interesting. This is the list of beers that are planned for the opening. There will also be food inspired by the beer gardens of Germany, along the lines of sausages and pretzels. Follow along on Facebook for more details on their exact opening date. Hours will be Wed-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 12:00pm-9pm. 415 Grand Ave. at Maple, 415-745-2739.

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