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July 18, 2017

Calistoga beauty. Photo via Calistoga Wine Growers’ Facebook page.

A few wine events for you to consider, winos. Thursday July 20th is Calistoga Uncorked at The Presidio at the Presidio’s Golden Gate Club (5:30pm-7:30pm), featuring limited-production, reserve wines from 30 family-owned cellars from the Calistoga AVA (most don’t have tasting room and/or aren’t open to the public). Calistoga Uncorked offers a chance to explore rare and little-known wines, and also buy wines on the spot to bring home. $55 in advance, $75 at the door.

Monday July 24th is a Slow Food event welcoming the Consortium del Sannio (from Campania, Italy) to America for the first time. Falanghina del Sannio in the casa! There are classes, tastings, and more (check out the amazing chef lineup!) running from 1pm-8:30pm, details here. $50 donation includes food, wine, and dessert, all unlimited, as well as lectures on the wines and seafood sustainability in California (all proceeds benefit Slow Food San Francisco and the Salmon Restoration Project). Held at the Ferry Building Port Commission Hearing Room and Emporio Rulli Union Square.

Have you bought your tickets to Outside Lands yet? (A limited number of single day and three-day tickets are still available!) To pair with Solange and Little Dragon will be this year’s Cocktail Magic, featuring 12 craft cocktails from Alembic, Homestead, Horsefeather, Pacific Cocktail Haven, Trou Normand, and Whitechapel. David Korins Design, the set designers for Broadway’s Hamilton, are behind the neon bars and décor. Cheers.

July 11, 2017

The Corn Husker (on the Summer Road Trip menu at Lord George). Photo: Allison Webber.


The Vermont Cocktail (on the Summer Road Trip menu at Lord George). Photo: Allison Webber.

Hello, my fellow booze lovers. I’ve got a few items for your attention, starting with the news that ~LORD GEORGE~ has launched their second guest Mavericks menu created by Andrew Calisterio (Whitechapel, House Spirits Distillery). Come by and taste your way through the Summer Road Trip menu, which was hand drawn by Adam Feibelman and features 12 U.S. destinations, starting with our local Haight Street Fog Cutter (paired with a rosemary joint!). I personally loved my visit to the Midwest with the Corn Husker (corn water, honey, whiskey), Seattle’s Coffee Cult (bourbon, coffee liqueur, vanilla, bitters), the Vermont Cocktail (Jamaican rum, Montenegro, maple, and walnut, served in a classic pancake house syrup pitcher, garnished with a waffle cookie), and keep your eyes peeled for an Easter egg on the menu too. There’s also a Philly Float (aquavit, root beer, vanilla cream) for dessert.

The menu runs until September 30th, and the bar donates 50 cents of every Mavericks cocktail sold to the guest bartender’s charity of choice (which in this case is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital). 555 2nd St. at Brannan, 415-660-7633.

It’s also time for the latest ~TRICK DOG~ menu launch, and instead of writing about it, why not let Mr. Rogers (Morgan Schick) tell you all about What Rhymes with Trick Dog? (like Last-Picked Demagogue). The poems are by Daniel Levin Becker, drawings by Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall, and proceeds of the sale of the book will go to McSweeney’s and SOMArts. Strong work, gang! (Per usual.) 3010 20th St. at Florida, 415-471-2999.

Congrats to Jennifer Colliau (The Interval, The Perennial, Small Hand Foods), who will be opening her own bar in Uptown Oakland, ~HERE’S HOW~, in a former gallery across from the Fox Theater. Inside Scoop mentions there will also be a kitchen and outdoor area. Stand by for details on timing and more. 1780 Telegraph Ave. at 19th St., Oakland.

June 27, 2017

Cocktail school at Beretta returns. Photo courtesy of Beretta.


Stookey’s Club Moderne. Photo: ©

If you’re going to get schooled, it may as well be something fun like booze school. Over at ~BERETTA~, their hands-on cocktail classes have returned, with bar manager Cali Gold running the show. The three-part series is featuring the history of the American cocktail: Tuesday June 27th (tonight!) is The Shepard Act (Pre-Prohibition); Tuesday July 25th is Suffragettes and the 19th Amendment (Prohibition—The Great, Failed Experiment); and Tuesday August 29th is The 21st Amendment (The Aftermath). I highly recommend reading the class synopsis of each, they all sound fascinating! There will be discussion, some hands-on cocktail-making (and drinking, natch), and bites, plus prizes and more. 7pm. Tickets: $85 (inclusive of tax and tip).

Our friends over at ~STOOKEY’S CLUB MODERNE~ are in the home stretch (just five days left!) of their Neon Sign Kickstarter to create an authentic Art Deco/Streamline Moderne neon sign for the outside of the bar, and they’re really close! No pledge is too small, and every donation gets a reward. The only thing missing from their bar’s swanky vibe is a glowing “cocktails” sign, which will be more apropos than the current sign, let’s make it happen for them!

June 13, 2017

The future home of The Snug. Photo courtesy of Josh Spiegelman.

Pacific Heights is gaining a new bar and hangout, ~THE SNUG~, opening in the former Mehfil space (but it will always be the Alta Plaza in my heart, RIP). Owners Zack Schwab and Shane Matthews have a strong craft beer background (Mikkeller and Monk’s Kettle), and are partnering with chef Brian Shin (Alinea, Corton, Benu, In Situ) and Jacob Racusin (recently head of the bar program at The Alembic). So basically it’s going to have a rocking beer selection (20 taps), craft cocktails with seasonal and housemade components, and inventive takes on classic bar food. Other highlights: there will be a cask engine serving real ale and a selection of bottled beers focused around sours, stouts, and strong ales. Local ciders and wines will also be available on draft, plus a cellar of rare and vintage bottles.

As for the name, it’s inspired by all the cozy nooks (snugs) in the room, which will have a living room vibe. Britt Hull of Tide Design Co. is behind the interior and graphic design. Hours will be Sun-Thu 4pm-12am and until 2am Fri-Sat. Brunch and outdoor seating are also in the works. Look for an opening this fall. 2301 Fillmore St.

There’s finally an update on what Phil and Cameron West’s plans are for the former Range, which closed last year. They’re going to be opening ~THE BEEHIVE~ with Arnold Eric Wong, Steve Werney, and Carlos Yturria, who are Phil West’s partners in The Treasury downtown. Eater reports it’s going to be a 1960s themed bar, with some ’60s food like fondue. Of course, the cocktails will also have some vintage references. The former dining room is going to be converted into a second lounge and bar. Stand by for an opening in late summer. 842 Valencia St. at 19th St.