February 28, 2017

February 28, 2017
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The Liberal. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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Nick Rossi and his Moderne Men. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Last week, I had such a swell evening at ~STOOKEY’S CLUB MODERNE~ that I wanted to be sure you have this swank little spot on your cocktail radar. Every last Thursday of the month, they have Nick Rossi and his Moderne Men come in, and there’s nothing quite like listening to some acoustic jazz from the early swing era while looking at couples in their vintage finery who occasionally get up from their barstools and do a little fox-trot, Charleston, or other fancy footwork. They start at 8pm and play until 10:30pm, and I got to take in three sets. Mark you calendar for March 30th for the next one (or just sign up for the Stookey’s newsletter for a reminder—link is on their homepage).

Meanwhile, behind the stick, you can’t miss Solario, with his white jacket and dapper and waxed curled mustache, who is doing such a bang-up job with the cocktails, like making his own grenadine for the Clover Club. An updated spring menu is launching this week, with more than 20 cocktails to choose from.

This bourbon lover was smitten with the Liberal, with Old Grand-Dad 114 proof (whooooo), with Carpano Antica, Bigallet China-China, Regan’s orange bitters, served up with a cherry—this one will be taking over my Boulevardier as my new favorite. You can finish the night with the bullshot, a substantive and savory drink with gin, beef broth (!), and fresh lemon, with notes of celery from celery salt and celery bitters, with a little zip of Tapatio and Worcestershire sauce—it soundly gives the Bloody Mary a run for its money.

If you want to hop into a little portal to 1930s San Francisco and forget about self-driving cars running red lights and the Cheeto and other modern-day nightmares, here’s your spot. Although in a funny twist, the bar actually accepts Bitcoin, the first to do so. From Streamline Moderne to modern, here’s to thinking ahead while saluting the past. Cheers. Closed Sundays. 895 Bush St. at Taylor, 415-771-9695.

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Celebrate Girl Scout Cookie Cocktail Week at The Alembic. Photo courtesy of The Alembic.

It’s Girl Scout Cookie season, and a couple of local places are getting into the Thin Mint spirit of things. First up, this week is ~THE ALEMBIC~’s 6th annual Girl Scout Cookie Cocktail Week, happening through Sunday March 5th! Head Barman Jacob Racusin has created four limited-time Girl Scout Cookie-inspired cocktails, which will be paired with two of the childhood classic cookies for $15. Also, on Wednesday March 1st, 10 percent of proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie cocktails go to UP Academy.

Featured cocktails include: Apia-Colada (white rum, crème de cacao, coconut cream, and lime), paired with Samoas; The Cookie Monster (Eagle Rare bourbon, Amaro di Angostura, graham cracker, High Water Campfire Stout, and toasted marshmallow), paired with S’mores cookies; Ei Thai Iced Tea (house Thai iced tea and reposado tequila), paired with Tagalong cookies; and The Zinger (Redbreast 12 Year Irish Whiskey, St. George Bruto Americano, Red Zinger, peppermint tea, and mint), paired with Thin Mints.

Since 2013, Woods Beer Co. has brewed their homage beer series inspired by the classic cookies, which will be released on Friday March 10th. The five beers include Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout, Coconut Caramel Dubbel, Shortbread Golden Ale, Peanut Butter Cream Ale, and Chocolate Peppermint Porter. Starting Friday March 10th, swing by Woods Polk Station, Woods Bar & Brewery, and the newest Woods brewpub, Outbound, and order a beer, which comes with a cookie pairing, or there’s a Cadette Kit featuring all five beers online.

Okay, cookie monster, put down those Samoas and let’s pick up a wineglass instead. On Monday March 13th, anyone who is curious about New Zealand wines will want to head to a tasting held in conjunction with New Zealand Winegrowers and Farallon. The walk-around tasting includes 40 producers, including Akarua, Astrolabe, Babich, Brancott Estate, Carrick, Cloudy Bay, Craggy Range, Crown Range, Forrest, Giesen, Greywacke, Hillersden, Huia, Loveblock, Mission Estate, Mt. Beautiful, Nautilus, Palliser, Peregrine, Rockburn, Sacred Hill, Saint Clair, Seifried, Sophora, Spy Valley, Staete Landt, Tohu, Villa Maria, Vinultra, Whitehaven, and Wither Hills. There will also be fancy snacks by Farallon Restaurant. 6pm-8pm. $50 per person, available here. Gallery 308, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.