May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017
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Cheers to all of this. Instagram photo via @gingerssf.

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A sneak peek at the tables (from a few weeks ago). Instagram photo via @gingerssf.

Wow, this is something I did not see coming. ~GINGER’S TROIS~ is back (does that make it Ginger’s Quatre?)! When I worked on Maiden Lane in the ’90s, I used to drink with the downtown hairdressers and the gays who worked with me at our ad agency at this quirky little dive bar on Kearny, with its strong dranks, funky little sunken bar, and parasols galore. It was a total campy hideaway. Future Bars bought and took over Ginger’s in 2008, and then opened Rickhouse in the location, and that was pretty much it for any more divey gay bars in the downtown area. Until now.

Bartender Michael Sedlacek has been with Future Bars for the past few years, and he was a little obsessed with the old Ginger’s sign in storage. He said people who haven’t been to the city in a long time would come by and ask where Ginger’s went, and even though he never went to the bar, he had an interest in it. So when Future Bars asked the team what they should do to convert the underutilized event space downstairs (Keeper’s Share), he pitched them on reopening Ginger’s. So that’s what we’ve got: a queer bar has returned to the FiDi, and almost everyone on staff is LGBT (except one person).

The cocktail menu pays homage to defunct SF gay bars, like Esta Noche and the Lexington (RIP!), and the drinks are approachable and just $9. Here’s hoping they bring the boozy cherries back. (Maybe not. LOL.) There are two wells at the bar and about 8-9 tables, plus some lounge seating and a pool table. You enter the bar on Hardie (yay, an alley entrance)—it’s actually the delivery entrance for their commissary, also downstairs. Doors open at 5pm Thu-Sat (will expand soon), until close. 86 Hardie Pl. at Kearny. [H/t to Eater for the great news.]

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The bar at Bar Agricole. Photo: Colin Price.

Your tolerance level is about to get a workout, so let’s dive in.

This coming Monday May 15th, ~BAR AGRICOLE~ is hosting their annual rum celebration, Agricolextravaganza. There will be tastes from special and rare Caribbean bottles, classic rum cocktails, and Afro-Caribbean snacks like ropa vieja empanadas and maduros (which is a sneak peek at the upcoming Obispo menu). You can also hang out and talk rum with Edward Hamilton, who knows a lot about the finest rums in the world and will be bringing some surprises. $55. 6pm-9pm.

Come by ~SCHROEDER’S~ on Saturdays for Hofbrauhaus Saturday, which is kind of like an Oktoberfest party, set to a David Hasselhoff and polka soundtrack (we’ll see how long that lasts until the staff goes crazy) and all staff will be dressed in a traditional hofbrau look. There’s a family-style menu for $29/person that includes starters (Little Gem salad, pretzel knots), bratwurst, and sides (kartoffel tots, sauerkraut, fried spaetzle, and braised red cabbage), but the entire table needs to order it. Your crew also needs to participate in the bottomless beer deal in order to get it: for an additional $29/person, your entire table can enjoy a 1 1/2-hour bottomless beer deal. You can try as many beers as you’d like from a selection of 11 of their taps, including Hofbrau Original Helles, Fort Point KSA, and Headlands Hawk Hill Hefeweizen. And anyone celebrating their birthday at Hofbrauhaus Saturday will receive a .5L of beer and a commemorative hofbrau stein to take home. Prost! 240 Front St. at Sacramento, 415-421-4778.

Beer lovers will like to know that during the month of May, you can come by ~THE RAMEN BAR~ and your first beer is just $0.25 with the purchase of an entrée after 4pm Mon-Fri. Limited to one per person, the special applies to all bottled beer and draft labels. 101 California St. at Davis, 415-684-1570.

Paul Einbund of ~THE MORRIS~ is launching a new monthly Cellar Series, and of course he’s kicking it off on Saturday May 20th with Chartreuse & Chartreuse Cocktails. As you may know, he has a deep collection and a lot to tell you about it. This workshop will be on Chartreuse and how to integrate the liqueur in cocktails. Check out future events on the site! Tickets are $75 per class, or all four classes for $275. Email to reserve. 

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