Bar Bites: Blackbird Turns Five, ABV Soft Opens Tonight, New Trick Dog Menu, More

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The bar at Blackbird. Photo from Facebook.

Congrats to ~BLACKBIRD~ in the Castro, which is turning five on Sunday July 20th, and you know there will be a party. At 8pm that evening, come by to check out their new barrel-aged cocktail menu (15 drinks in all!) that have been aging since Blackbird opened! The barrel-aged program will continue until y’all drink ‘em all up. Also that night: you can nosh on some cured meats, cheeses, and other light bites, plus there will be sparkling wine for $5 by the glass, and special “early bird” cocktails for $5. 2124 Market St. at Church, 415-503-0630.

Last week we broke all the details about ~ABV~, the new Mission bar from Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud (who owns Dalva/Hideout), Ryan Fitzgerald, and Todd Smith, and the latest word from Alcademics is that the space is softly opening tonight, Tuesday July 8th, but don’t all rush over at once, okay? Cheers, and enjoy the late-night bites from Kevin Cimino, served nightly until 1am. Open daily 2pm-2am. Yeah, you saw that correctly. Day drinking! 3174 16th St. at Albion, 415-400-4748.

Those industrious Bon Vivants over at ~TRICK DOG~ are switching up their seasonal menu again (remember, it changes every six months). This time, they’re phasing out the astrological menu and replacing it with “The Tourist,” a menu inspired by vintage San Francisco postcards and locations. Check out the map-style menu right here. They’ve also created some postcards that you can send to friends, just put them in the labeled box and the bar will cover postage (some restaurants used to do this back in the day). Forget drunk dialing, this is way better. 3010 20th St. at Alabama, 415- 471-2999.

One more item to note: the new bar going into the former Jazz at Pearl’s in North Beach from the Future Bars crew is going to be called ~THE DEVIL’S ACRE~. More on that project soon. 256 Columbus Ave. at Broadway.