January 12, 2016

January 12, 2016
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The Gangway. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.

About six months ago, I heard the historic dive ~GANGWAY~ was up for sale (nooooooo), and I have to admit I shuddered at the thought that SF’s first and oldest gay bar (since 1961—although the bar has been in existence since 1910, which makes it 105!) could potentially be in peril. And then I just saw the pending liquor license transfer to “Breaking Chad, Inc.” (noooooooo) and called the bar. And then I heard the last thing I wanted to hear from my favorite bartender there: that a couple straight guys are reportedly taking it over. NOOOOOOOO. Now, this isn’t confirmed or final final, but it definitely doesn’t bode well.

I will keep checking in with the bar on any updates, and I also reached out to “Breaking Chad’s” legal rep to relay a message and see if they have any comments on their plans. Now, excuse me while I start crying into my really strong drank, because that’s all the Gangway serves (well, and a whole lot of dive bar realness). SIGH. 841 Larkin St. at Geary, 415-776-6828.

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Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market in 2015. Photo by Amanda Harris via Facebook.

By Dana Eastland. CUESA’s seasonal cocktail fest is back, this time with Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market on Wednesday January 27th. From 5:30pm-8pm, the Ferry Building will be filled with bartenders offering their take on the art of the modern drink, with beverages inspired by modern art. The evening is a partnership with SFMOMA, which is reopening the spring, and includes plenty of cocktails, bites, and fun.

Thirteen bartenders from all over the city will participate, including Crystal Chasse (Blackbird, Dirty Habit), Megan Daniel and Alex Smith (Whitechapel), and Jack Bates (Alamo Drafthouse), with cocktails made from spirits sponsors including Disaronno, Heaven Hill PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, and Rémy Martin. And of course, all the drinks will feature seasonal produce from CUESA’s farmers’ market.

There will also be chefs from local restaurants serving appetizer bites, including Ryan Shelton (Reverb Kitchen & Bar), David Murphy (Whitechapel), and David Bazirgan (Dirty Habit). Tickets are $60 per person and include three full-size cocktails, unlimited sample-size drinks, and tickets to try the bites. You can also purchase a “season ticket” to all of the three upcoming cocktail events for $150. Ferry Building Grand Hall, Embarcadero at Market.

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By Dana Eastland. We mentioned it in December but don’t forget that San Francisco Beer Week is coming up soon. It’s from January 22nd through 31st, and there are lots of great sudsy events to check out.

A few to consider: on Saturday January 23rd, Red Dog is hosting chef Beau Schooler of Juneau, Alaska, and Almanac Brewing for a special Alaskan Seafood and Almanac Dinner complete with seafood from both Alaska and California (and yes, there will be crab!). Tickets are $150 per person and include food and beer.

Then, on Sunday January 24th, Red Dog is hosting Almanac again, this time for a Chef’s Night Out dinner complete with some of the industry’s favorite chefs. Dishes inspired by attendees Liza Shaw (Merigan Sub Shop), Tim Archuleta (Ichi Sushi), and Lauren Kiino (Red Dog) will all be on offer. Tickets are $145 per person and include food and beer.

On Tuesday January 26th, ~BON MARCHÉ~ is hosting a Feast of the French Flanders, curated by master cicerone Rich Higgins, featuring five courses of French cuisine and Flemish ales for $79 per person.

On Wednesday January 27th, Black Hammer Brewing and chef Mark Liberman are hosting a special event in the former TBD space, which will include a sneak peek of the space’s future. The special sneak peek includes beer from Black Hammer, including some completely new brews, as well as lots of small bites to try.

There are tons of beer events happening the whole week, on all sides of the bay. Be sure to check out the schedule here, and get ready for brewing madness. Event locations, times, and costs vary; see each event for details.