December 6, 2016

December 6, 2016
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Seating and a view at Bar Fluxus. Photo courtesy of Bar Fluxus.

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Seating at Bar Fluxus. Photo courtesy of Bar Fluxus.

The Hotel Des Arts has a new bar that is opening this weekend, ~BAR FLUXUS~. It’s a spacious one, with capacity for 176, and it’s going to feature cocktails, plus music (spanning all genres) and live entertainment, including literary readings, bands, and performance art. There’s even a baby grand piano and a stage. Anyone who is a fan of John Cage or Yoko Ono will likely understand what the Fluxus name is referring to—the experimental art movement in the 1960s. The team is trying to infuse our local scene with some fun, art, and spark.

Partners in the project include Mike Spike Krouse (Madrone Lounge), Ludo Racinet (previously owner of Tunnel Top), and Jean Michel Fabregon (Tunnel Top, Michel Bistro). Cocktails are from Bottom of the Barrel’s Matt Grippo and Shirley Brooks, and Ella Johnson is behind the wine list.

The creative and playful space was designed in collaboration with Jonathan Siegel (Viracocha) and is full of eclectic furnishings and installations—get ready to see something completely different. The soft opening is this Saturday December 10th, 7pm-11pm, with live music with Jenny Kerr Band, Misisipi Mike, and the Keller Sisters, and then DJ Sonny Phono is coming on at 11pm. Regular hours will be 3pm-2am. 447 Bush St. at Grant.

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The exterior of Cellar Door. Yelp photo by Kamran S.

Over the weekend, I was happy to see chef Dominique Crenn announce her upcoming project, ~BAR CRENN~, over social media. It’s going to be opening next door to Atelier Crenn, in the space that Cellar Door wine bar is in. The Chron reports further that it will feature biodynamic and natural wines (curated by wine director Matt Montrose), older wines, low-ABV cocktails, and ports and Madeiras. There will also be some small plates and dishes to share. It’s going to be relaxed and a place to hang out with friends, or for a drink before or after dinner. The opening is looking like April 2017; I’ll keep you updated. 3131 Fillmore St. at Greenwich.

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It’s Champagne o’clock. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Hello, my fellow bubbles lovers. On Thursday December 15th, ~ARLEQUIN WINE MERCHANT~ is hosting their annual Champagne Celebration, one of my favorite events each and every year. They will be pouring more than 40 Champagnes from primarily grower-producers, including Courtin, Bouchard, Tarlant, Agrapart, Chartogne-Taillet, Laherte, Savart, Lassaigne, and more. It’s 5pm-8pm, $75.

And ~EPIC STEAK~ is making Wednesday happy hour extra sparkly. Come by Wednesday evening from 5pm-7pm, when you can enjoy 50 percent off all Taittinger bottles, half bottles, and by-the-glass offerings. Get there early, because Champagne Hour will kick off with a sabering of 2008 Taittinger Champagne and the first 10 guests will receive a free taste. Pop!

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The New Era at 54 Mint, in honor of the Jerry Thomas Celebration. Photo courtesy of DRink PR.

Coming up December 12th-16th is a citywide homage to Jerry Thomas, known as the father of American bartenders, someone we owe a great many cheers to. He wrote How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion, a collection of recipes back in 1862—many of our current cocktails can trace their roots to the recipes in his book. Some of the city’s best bars are partnering with Bols Genever for a Jerry Thomas Celebration, offering specially priced cocktails inspired by the genever-based drinks created by Thomas more than 100 years ago. Participating bars across San Francisco include 54 Mint, Comstock Saloon, Devil’s Acre, Bourbon & Branch, White Chapel, Absinthe, Nightbird, Dobbs Ferry, Alembic, Sessions at The Presidio, Louie’s, Blackbird, The Treasury, and Café du Nord.

Tonight, Tuesday December 6th, is a community meeting with the SOS! Save Our Stud Collective, which is not only celebrating The Stud being recently designated a Legacy Business (yay!), but will be announcing next steps in the attempt to save the bar and how the community can contribute to the Stud’s longevity and success. The meeting will start at 6pm at the Stud, and anyone is welcome to attend. 399 9th St. at Harrison.