Booze News: Elixir Turns 10 (and 155), Punch at the Ferry Plaza, Give Back the Bird


One of the fall cocktail offerings at CUESA’s Beat Them to the Punch. Photo from Facebook.


Give Back the Bird’s participating bartenders. Photo by Allison Webber.

~ELIXIR~ has been operating as a bar for at least 155 years, according to historical documents, but on Saturday November 16th, they’ll be celebrating a different anniversary. H. Joseph Ehrmann reopened the bar 10 years ago after a big restoration and repair project, and has been slinging cocktails ever since. Join him, along with several of the bar’s past and current staff, for a 10th (and 155th) Anniversary Party from 12pm-6pm that includes special beers, cocktails, and punches at 2003 prices. Ryan Farr and 4505 Meats will also be in attendance, offering barbecue to add to the festivities. Food is free with the purchase of a beverage, but donations will be accepted for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The next day (how convenient), on Sunday November 17th, they’ll be hosting their Hangover Brunch series, with former bar manager and current corporate chef Jack Andrews. You’ll find hangover-friendly vittles, plus Bloody Elixirs, punches, and cold beer to cure whatever ails you, all from 11am-5pm. The next one will be Sunday December 8th, so you can plan ahead for that too. 3200 16th St. at Guerrero, 415-552-1633.

Brace against the chill in the air with some seasonal cocktails from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market at ~BEAT THEM TO THE PUNCH: FALL COCKTAILS OF THE FARMERS MARKET~ on Wednesday November 20th from 5:30pm-8:30pm. You’ll find warm spiced drinks and holiday punches, all made with seasonal produce like pomegranate, persimmon, pear, and citrus. Participating bartenders include Tayler Buffington (Range), Erik Ellestad (Heaven’s Dog), and Trent Simpson (La Urbana). Tickets are $45 and include two full-size and 11 sample-size cocktails, plus nibbles from local restaurants and a recipe book to re-create the beverages at home. Ferry Building Great Hall, Embarcadero at Market.

This Thanksgiving, Wild Turkey Bourbon is sponsoring ~GIVE BACK THE BIRD~, a fundraiser for the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks. Here’s how it works: from now until November 30th, local bars will be featuring a Wild Turkey cocktail, and proceeds from the sale of each drink go to the Food Bank. Look for beverages at Rye, Trick Dog, and 15 Romolo; take a look at all the participating bars and their offerings here. Cheers to the bird!

According to East Bay Dish, ~THE PUNCHDOWN~ is sadly pouring its last glass of natural wine and closing on Friday November 15th due to losing their lease. The owners hope to reopen elsewhere, follow them on Facebook for updates. 2212 Broadway Ave. at Grand, Oakland.