April 8, 2008 news

Next Monday, April 14th, Conduit is hosting the ~USBG NORTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL COMPETITION~, from 12pm–5pm. Up to 20 of the area’s best bartenders will be competing, making cocktails with spirits from Future Brands, but otherwise there are no restraints with the type of cocktail the bartenders can make, from an aperitif to a dessert drink. This is a unique event, highlighting a very precise and regimented style for those who are used to the competitions at Rye (there will be a technical judge!). There will also be some food, and assuredly some industry folks will be there to check it out and support their friends—everyone is invited to attend. There are still five slots left for any bartenders who wish to compete—just submit your name and drink recipe by April 9th to davidnepove [at] southernwine [dot] com (feel free to get more details about the parameters of the competition from him). The national competition is in Long Beach May 2–4. Conduit, 280 Valencia St. between 14th and Duboce, 415-552-5200.

I’m sure numerous leather lovin’ gents were happy to celebrate the opening of ~CHAPS II~ this weekend. It’s named in honor of the original Chaps bar in the SoMa “Miracle Mile” in the 1980s, which was located where the DNA Lounge is now, on 11th Street (read more about the history here). You can read all about the opening in this article in the Chron. 4pm–2am daily. 1225 Folsom St. at 8th St., 415-255-CHAP (2427).