April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016
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The Red Rooster at Horsefeather. Photo courtesy of Horsefeather.

At long last, the transformation of Ziryab into Tsk/Tsk and now ~HORSEFEATHER~ is complete—and the Divisadero Corridor has a swell new watering hole. The team is Justin Lew, Ian Scalzo (both previously of Future Bars), and chef Ryan Chinchilla (formerly Foreign Cinema and Blue Plate). Look for some inventive and well-executed cocktails with hand-cut ice that will change with the seasons, like the Red Rooster (pineapple, brown sugar, Ancho Reyes, lemon juice, riesling, soda, and Aperol). The new interior takes some inspiration from the American Arts and Crafts period (by James Lagoc of Local Produce Design), with tufted banquettes, quartersawn oak wood paneling, and let’s not forget that heated patio.

Sample items on the eclectic menu include summer veggies with quinoa, harissa, soft-cooked egg, and bread crumb salsa; halibut ceviche tostada with jalapeño crema, chermoula, and avocado and cucumber salsa; claypot chicken wings with fish sauce, caramel, fried garlic and ginger, and cilantro; and buttermilk-brined fried chicken with Thai cabbage slaw, mashed potato, and sriracha honey. Brunch items will include two sunny-side up eggs with crispy potato kale hash, shaved pork, arugula, saba, and a tortilla omelet with chermoula, harissa, and mâche.

Open Mon-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am, with late brunch that will be served until 4pm, yay. (Brunch will begin soon.) 528 Divisadero St. at Fell.

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The new loungy Wildhawk. Photo: Matthew Millman.

Soft opening on Wednesday April 13th is ~WILDHAWK~, the bar from the PlumpJack Group that has taken over the former Lexington Club space. No, you won’t recognize it—that beloved little dingy corner bar’s days are long gone. So let’s just pour out some vermouth (that’s what the new bar is excited about) and take a look at what has taken over San Francisco’s last lesbian bar.

The team is a talented one, Jacques Bezuidenhout and Ken Luciano of Forgery, and they brought on the equally badass Karri Cormican (formerly of Comstock Saloon) to run daily ops. The cocktail list has 8-10 drinks, plus a page of 5 vermouth-forward ones, plus 10 vermouths to taste (hanging out in their own dedicated refrigerator). Chef Howard Ko (Balboa Cafe) put together a list of bar bites, like crudos, charcuterie, and Spanish-style canned sardines.

Jay Jeffers is behind the design, his first bar. Zebra barstools and wallpaper, in effect. Open Mon-Thu 5pm-12am, Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 2pm-2am, Sun 2pm-12am. 3464 19th St. at Lexington, 415-420-1516.

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Here’s a quick-fire round of some boozy events for your consideration:

Authors Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau are in town to celebrate the launch of their new book, Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes. They are hosting an aperitivo event with Aperol on Thursday April 14th at ~15 ROMOLO~, 5:30pm-8pm. Tickets are $40, which includes cocktails and snacks from the book and a copy of Spritz. For every ticket sold, the Spritz Tour will donate $1 to Water for People, a nonprofit seeking to ensure that everyone has access to reliable and safe drinking water. 15 Romolo Pl. at Broadway.

Fans of Cognac who aren’t hemorrhaging all their money to Uncle Sam this Friday will want to check out this Cognac tasting hosted by Benedicte Hardy of Maison Hardy on Thursday April 14th at ~SCOMA’S~. A retail value of more than $1,000 in Cognacs will be tasted, 1 ounce each of VSOP, XO, 30 year, 50 year, 60 year, and 75 year. There will also be pairings with pâté, triple-crème cheese, and chocolates. Guests will also receive a signed 750ml bottle of the only triple-certified organic VSOP in the world. All bottles of Cognacs will be available for purchase the night of the event at just 10 percent over cost. 7pm. Tickets: $300 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity).

Monday April 18th is a Heaven Hill dinner (including Rittenhouse rye and Larceny) at ~GASPAR BRASSERIE~: the four-course dinner will be paired with Heaven Hill cocktails. Tickets: just $65 (excluding tax and gratuity).

Fans of Italian wines, get your ticket for ~DONATO ENOTECA~’s Enoteca 100 Primavera Italian Wine Tasting on Saturday April 30th. This all-Barolo, Barbaresco, and nebbiolo wine tasting will have 50-plus bottles for you to try, plus delicious food and jazz. Donato throws quite a party, don’t miss it. 1pm-4pm. Tickets: $90, inclusive of tax and gratuity. 1041 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City, 650-701-1000.