Booze News, from New Cocktails at the Tonga Room to Mezcal Week

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The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar. Photo via Facebook.

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Photo from last year’s Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle; photo via Facebook.

If you’re a fan of umbrella drinks, rainstorms, and Polynesian music, then you’ll want to sidle up to the new cocktail menu at the ~TONGA ROOM~, the first update in three years. You’ll now find two sections: Classic Tiki (including the 1934 Zombie, the exact recipe that Don the Beachcomber used when he first created the cocktail in 1934!) and Modern Tiki. Have fun, pace yourself, and no jumping in the pool. 950 Mason St. at California, 415-772-5278.

Oh man, SF’s tiniest little bar, the ~BLACK HORSE LONDON PUB~ is in a financial shituation (it’s a little vague about what’s going on). Read more on Hoodline. Here’s the GoFundMe page—they are hoping to raise $120K by February 2017. 1514 Union St. at Van Ness.

In the good news department, not only was the ~LONE STAR SALOON~ the first gay bar to be granted Legacy Business status by the city, now it’s being safely sold to two longtime Lone Star bartenders with a long-term lease (Charlie Evans and Bruce Jennison), which means its future is a bit more solid and going into the right hands. (Via SFist.) 1354 Harrison St. at Dore.

Mezcal fanatics, prep thy livers! Mezcal Week returns to SF to run November 6-13th, with participating bars and restaurants. The event Mezcal: Mexico in a Bottle is Sunday November 13th. Check out both links for more!

Wine lovers, I didn’t forget about you. This Saturday November 5th, the ~SAN FRANCISCO WINE SCHOOL~ is hosting a fifth anniversary party. There will be a blind tasting, grand tasting, and special guests! Don’t drive to this one. Hic. Tickets: $125-$185. 3pm-7:30pm. 415 Grand Ave., Top Floor, South San Francisco, 650-763-1324.