December 8, 2015

December 8, 2015
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Rocks Den bar. Photo from Facebook.

There’s a new sports bar in the Excelsior, ~ROCKS DEN~, and Yelpers are reporting that it’s now open and slinging strong drinks (along with offering several screens of sports television). There’s a fireplace and pool table in the back for those less interested in television, and the design is a little more thought out than your average sports dive. There are nice wooden tabletops, wallpaper, and even a copper bar. Hours are Mon-Wed 4pm-12am, Thu-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 10am-2am, Sun 10am-12am. 4431 Mission St. at Avalon, 415-769-5100.

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Vin Debut. Instagram photo by Burke Wines.

After a fire in 2012 closed ~VIN DEBUT~ in West Portal, it has finally reopened in a new space in the neighborhood. They are serving wine and a light menu, including small dishes like a smoked duck flatbread, smoked salmon, beef tartare, and hummus. Époisses in the house. Of course there is plenty of wine, and they also plan to relaunch their wine club soon. Happy hour is 4pm-6pm, with select wines for $6 and select beers for $4. Hours are Wed-Sat 4pm-12am, Sun-Tue 4pm-10pm. 9 West Portal Ave. at Ulloa, 415-592-8043.

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Champers and oysters, oh my! At the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant. Photo via Facebook.

Get your holiday fancy on at ~FERRY PLAZA WINE MERCHANT’S~ annual Champagne and Oyster Fête. From 4pm-9pm you can try their Champagne flights from Krug, Pol Roger, and Roederer, plus any Champagne purchased to take home will be 15 percent off the retail price. Plus, Hog Island will be shucking oysters for $18 per half dozen and $32 for a dozen from 4:30pm-8pm.

Flights are $65 (for vintage and tête de cuvée) and $49 (for rosé!), plus plenty of options will be available by the glass; peek at them all here. Pop, fizz, clink! And happy holidays. One Ferry Plaza, Shop 23, at Embarcadero, 415-391-9400.

While you’re out holiday party hopping and the fizz has run dry, did you know you can place an order with the new wine delivery service Kickshaw and get a bottle within an hour? And we’re not talking about some crappy juice here—there are some quality picks! Take a look at their sparklers and you’ll see what I mean. The partners are Dave Smiddy and Gus Vahlkamp (previously at The Slanted Door), and they maintain their own inventory, featuring many high-quality grower-producers. The delivery fee is $7.99 and they offer 10 percent off when purchasing two or more bottles. But right now you can use “friends10” on your order and get 10 percent off, even if it’s one bottle. Delivery hours are Tue-Sat 5pm-10pm. Cheers!