September 29, 2009

I'm already happy ~BAR CRUDO~ is a mere two blocks from my front door, but now I'm really going to be finding reasons to punch the clock early: they have just launched a new happy hour from Mon–Thu from 5pm–6:30pm. On offer: $1 oysters, $5 chowdah, specials like fish tacos and oyster po' boys, and $5 wine and $3 beer. And since the beer list at BC rocks the house, it's not going to be some sudsy schlock, mmmkay? Cheers. 655 Divisadero St. at Grove, 415-409-0679.

~EVE LOUNGE~ is now open for happy hour, running Mon–Fri 4pm–7pm. Get $2 off everything in the house. 575 Howard St. at 2nd St.

The ladies behind ~MAZU~ in the Inner Richmond landed their liquor license, and are now selling specialty soju cocktails, sake, beer, and wine. Happy hour is Tue–Fri from 4pm–7pm, with $5 cocktails, $3 drafts; Wed is half-off selected appetizers plus $4 selected cocktails from 5pm–11pm; plus there's a late-night menu Thurs–Sat 11pm–1am, with fried chili-garlic wings ($7), lumpia ($8), dumplings ($6), and more. 3809 Geary Blvd. at 2nd Ave., 415-221-9800.

~LARKCREEKSTEAK~ now has seating outside of the restaurant ("under the dome"), and they're also turning three, which of course means a celebration of some sort is in order. What you get is a happy hour going on now through October 4th, with $5 cocktails featuring Square One vodka, $5 featured wines, $3 draft beer, and half price on all bar bites. Westfield Centre, 845 Market St. 4th Floor at 5th St., 415-593-4100.

Another anniversary: ~PISCO~ is celebrating its first anniversary from Saturday October 3rd–Friday October 9th with a variety of rotating $5 drink and bite specials each night. For example, on the 3rd, you can get $5 Pisco Punches and a $5 artisan meats plate, while Wednesday the 7th means $5 Pisco caipirinhas and $5 Brazilian chicken croquettes. No food special on Friday October 9th, however: just $5 Pisco sours. Swing by during the week's celebrations and enter to win a tapas party for 12 on the pagoda ($300 value). 1817 Market St. at Octavia, 415-874-9951.

The ~RITZ-CARLTON, SAN FRANCISCO~ has launched a weekly raw bar menu in the Lobby Lounge from 5pm–7pm. You'll find a variety of oysters and shellfish like prawn cocktail, Maine lobster, and clams. You can pair it all up with wine or a selection off the new menu of Bloody Marys, ranging from versions made with pepper vodka, Clamato, Tequila, and more, plus a variety of garnishes. In case you're wondering why all the Bloody Marys, October marks the 75th anniversary of the drink. 600 Stockton St. at California, 415-296-7465.

The first annual ~TREASURE ISLAND WINEFEST/LODI WINE ON THE WATER~ will be held during Fleet Week on Sunday October 11th at the Pavilion by the Bay. Over 40 Lodi wineries will be pouring their wines along with appetizers, wine seminars, and entertainment will all be offered during the aerial shows of Fleet Week. A portion of the proceeds benefit SF Food Bank. 1pm–5pm. $55 advance, $65 at the door, $25 designated drivers.

Today is your last day to get your ~WHISKYFEST~ tickets with free shipping (until September 30th). The event is on Friday October 16th at the San Francisco Marriott, with new and rare whiskies being poured (over 200 in all), whisky experts, and a charity whisky table featuring an array of rare bottles never to be repeated or available to consumers again. (A small donation to charity will buy attendees a taste of one of these special whiskies, and 100% of the proceeds will go to Meals on Wheels San Francisco.) $95 general admission (includes access to grand tasting, all seminars, Scottish crystal tasting glass, one-year subscription to Malt Advocate magazine, and a buffet and beverages throughout the evening); $140 VIP (with one hour of early access, plus special VIP-only whisky tastes). Prices increase after September 30th to $110 and $150. 6:30pm–9:30pm. Advance ticket sales only at maltadvocate.com or by calling 800-610-MALT. 55 4th St. at Market.