Drink 2013: Cocktails Listings

Wild Side West: A cozy and charming lesbian saloon with ancient wood floors, warm fireplace, pool table, and a perfectly verdant backyard for those sunny summer afternoons. 424 Cortland, 647-3099.

Wilson & Wilson: Bourbon & Branch's new side project, a tiny speakeasy within a large speakeasy, is decorated in a 1930s gumshoe theme and requires online reservations and a password. Its bartenders have become cooks in their own right, brewing and infusing and stewing and concocting, taking ownership of the drink in ways we never imagined in the vodka-cran age. While cocktails can be ordered à la carte, the preferred mode is to consume them as a tasting menu — aperitif, "main," digestif — or a $40 punch for four, served in a silver teapot. You don't go for a drink. You go for a liquid dinner. 505 Jones, thewilsonbar.com.

Yoshi's Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant: This ain't the old Fillmore jazz scene — where once small, smoky joints like Bop City reigned among the mid-century locals-in-the-know. This Yoshi's venue is upscale to the max. The longtime Oakland jazz venue that brings national talent to the East Bay now brings more of the same to a central-city location. While the whole thing reeks a little of gentrification, at least the calendar is usually packed with top-flight players. Their food menu centers on Japanese items. 1330 Fillmore, 655-5600, yoshis.com.

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