July 14, 2015

July 14, 2015
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The Crafty Fox. Photo by Michael David Rose Photography, courtesy of UrbanDaddy.

Back in October, we noted that Jason Perkins—managing partner of Parish Entertainment Group, which operated Place Pigalle in Hayes Valley (with Michael O’Connor), Brick & Mortar Music Hall, and the new Big Rec Taproom (previously La Movida) in the Mission, plus a couple of Oakland spots—was planning something for the former Woodward’s Garden space. Meet ~THE CRAFTY FOX ALE HOUSE~, which Hoodline reports is a partnership between Parish Entertainment Group (Perkins and O’Connor), former Place Pigalle bar manager Barry Smyth, and barkeep Micheal McCloskey.

There are 36 local (and national) beers and 4 Cali wines on tap, plus a bar menu from chef Pedro Villegas (previously Park Tavern), with dishes like lamb tartare, fried pig’s tails, and grilled avocados, plus larger dishes like sausages, a burger, a whole rabbit, and fish and chips. Based on a pic from Urban Daddy, you can see the back room is kind of an alfresco space now, with an open wall facing the street and picnic tables. Open at 4pm for beers, with the kitchen opening at 5pm, until 12am nightly; look for extended hours (weekend brunch and lunch) soon. 1700 Mission St. at Division, 888-477-9288.

We’re still waiting to hear back from the owner with details on the “why,” but Broke-Ass Stuart released the news that quirky-beloved Mission entertainment space ~VIRACOCHA~ is closing, and according to a Facebook post, it’s going to be at the end of July—so catch one of their last performances while you can. 998 Valencia St. at 21st St., 415-374-7048.

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From CUESA’s SF Jazz Cocktail Night. Photo: Amanda Lynn.

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Trick Dog’s new cocktail menu, Trick Dogs!

Hey, liver, you ready to party? Because there are some occasions for you to do so! First up, CUESA is throwing another one of their fun cocktail parties with the United States Bartenders’ Guild on Wednesday August 5th, Getaway in a Glass: Summer Cocktails of the Farmers Market. Thirteen bartenders (including Nora Furst, Lolinda; Max Gerasimenko, Rye; Jessica Maria, Hotsy Totsy Club) and local chefs (David Bazirgan, Dirty Habit; Tony Gemignani, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana; Chris Jones, Gaspar Brasserie) will be serving up some summery goodness evocative of faraway lands from 5:30pm-8pm. Guests receive three full-sized signature cocktails featuring Herradura Silver, Ketel One, and Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, along with unlimited sample-size drinks and tickets for hors d’oeuvres in this walk-around tasting. Tickets are $50. NEWSFLASH! TABLEHOPPER READERS GET GET 15% OFF WITH THIS LINK! The Ferry Building Grand Hall (second floor), 1 Ferry Building.

This Saturday July 18th is National Caviar Day, and ~OSSO STEAKHOUSE~ is celebrating with classic cocktails (a martini, Ossogoodhattan, and Negroni, all inspired by Scott Beattie) and, yes, you guessed it, caviar. You can choose golden Russian osetra ($100), Royale Italy ($50), or Baerii Siberian sturgeon ($40), and each price includes a 1/2 ounce of caviar, 12 blini, crème fraîche, chopped onions, and diced egg, plus two cocktails. 5pm-10pm. Free valet parking. 1177 California St. at Jones, 415-771-6776.

Woof. You’ll get a kick out of the latest cocktail menu at ~TRICK DOG~, a 2016 calendar called Trick Dogs, starring a dog and a cocktail for each month. Not only can you try to spot local pooches (including Bon Vivants’ Josh Harris’s bulldog, Stephen), but 100 percent of proceeds from calendar sales ($20 each) will be split between two local charities, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and Northern California Family Dog Rescue.

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Broc wines. Photo from Facebook.

Winos, we have some events for your radar. Coming up on Saturday July 18th is the first Oakland Wine Festival, featuring more than 100 winemakers from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and beyond, with creative pairings from 10 Oakland chefs. The all-day schedule includes winemaker panels, seminars, master classes, a luncheon, and grand tasting, plus a reception and dinners. Full-day packages and half-day packages are available, as well as à la carte tickets. Starts at 10am. Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland.

Then on Sunday July 19th, Broc Cellars is hosting their annual Broctacular summer party, with a live band (Marco Peris and His Brass Band), Broc’s sparkling cabernet franc, and food by Naked Lunch. $30 at the door. 1pm-5pm. 1310 5th St. at Gilman, Berkeley.

If you head on over to ~ONE MARKET~ during the month of July, you’ll discover every bottle is half off, whether you come in for lunch or dinner. We’re talking more than 500 bottles, people. Cin cin!

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