October 20, 2015

October 20, 2015
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Photo from last year’s Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle; photo via Facebook.

Mezcal mania will be in full effect for Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle, a full week of mezcal-related activities running November 8th-15th at various Bay Area locations. In addition to a week of special cocktails, mezcal tastings, a “Future of Mezcal” panel discussion, and dishes made with mezcal, it will all culminate in a tasting event on Sunday November 15th at Public Works, where there will be more than 80 kinds of mezcal, makers, and bites and cocktail samples from local restaurants,including 4505 Meats, Loló, Colibri, Salsipuedes, Beretta, Old Bus Tavern, ABV, and more.

A portion of the proceeds from Mezcal Week will go to The Mexican Museum (each participating bar and restaurant will be contributing a percentage of sales on the highlighted drinks and dishes to the museum). Locations include Alembic, Cala, Cosecha, Devil’s Acre, El Techo/Lolinda, La Urbana, The Ramen Shop, Tacolicious, and many others. Follow the Mezcalistas Facebook page for updates.

~THE VESTRY~ at ~THE CHAPEL~ is launching a new happy hour with $9 cocktails (regularly $12) on a new menu by Darren Crawford. It’s called Sinner’s Hour, in honor of the space’s history as a mortuary, and runs Tue-Fri 5pm-7pm, so you actually get two hours of discounted drinks, food (like a fra diavolo pizzetta, hellfire wings, and devils on horseback), and entertainment. It all kicks off with a party this Friday October 23rd, with live music by Americano Social Club and burlesque by Hunny Bunny and Her Hot Toddies, and more. (The party also runs to 7:30pm this week.) 775 Valencia St. at 19th St.

Head to ~POGGIO~ in Sausalito for their second year of their Dieci, Venti, Trenta special: 10 days of 20 bottles for $30. From Wednesday October 21st through Saturday October 31st, you can taste your way through all of Italy’s wine regions, from Trentino-Alto Adige (Lechthaler, Teroldego, 2012) to Calabria (Sergio Arcuri, Ciro, 2012).

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The Orbit Room. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.

Here’s some good news for fans of ~THE ORBIT ROOM~: after closing in April following the death of owner Jay Johnson, Scoop is now reporting that the bar is coming back, and without too many changes.

Friends of Johnson’s, Courtney Ross and Nic DiLillo, are the new owners, and they don’t plan to mess with the formula very much. (Ross, who was a line cook at Harris’ Restaurant, is handling the food, and DiLillo, a bar manager from the Tempest, is overseeing the cocktails.) They’ll add a new layer of paint and make some repairs, and hope to streamline the drinks so they get made a little faster. They’ll also be adjusting the food to make it more consistent, and there’s talk of special rotating “nights,” like Meatball Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. The liquor license transfer is currently under way, and the plan is to open in the next few weeks. 1900 Market St. at Laguna St.

Not too far away, at ~MAVEN~ in the Lower Haight, the talented and delightful Kate Bolton, an original employee who became a valued equity partner, has decided to leave after four strong years (she has a new child and husband and wants to take a little time away from work to spend it with family). Her last shift is expected to be October 2​9​th​​, so be sure to raise a glass to this fabulous bar manager! Taking over her role will be Tim Hagney, who has been there for the past two years and will continue to develop innovative cocktails. Cheers to all! 598 Haight St. at Steiner, 415-829 7982.