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  • La Paloma at Mosto is Must-o

    published Dec 30, 2011

    ​Even though the heart of the bar program at Mosto is the agave spirits by the glass, where a list of over 300 bottles dwarfs the six cocktails, their version of the classic La Paloma ($9, El Jimad... More >>

  • Winter Cocktails Liven Up Holiday Spirits

    published Dec 28, 2011

    ​With plenty of innovative takes on spiced winter flavors, traditional classics, and celebrations of local seasonal produce, San Francisco bars have the winter cocktails to help you make the most o... More >>

  • Bartender Brooke Arthur's Holiday Cocktail Recipe

    published Dec 23, 2011

    Part 3 of an interview with BrookeArthur, bar manager at Wo Hing. Part one of the interview is here. Read part two here. Brooke Arthur's Napoleon's Vice, named simply after the image of the French ge... More >>

  • Brooke Arthur, Wo Hing's Cocktail Creator, on the Mission's Cocktail Culture

    published Dec 22, 2011

    ​Few in the bar industry have been on such a consistent and stellar climb as Brooke Arthur. With a rare combination of remarkable talent, humility, and good nature, it's no surprise Arthur has been ... More >>

  • Wo Hing Cocktail Creator Brooke Arthur on Balancing the New and the Familiar

    published Dec 21, 2011

    ​Few in the bar industry have been on such a consistent and stellar climb as Brooke Arthur. With a rare combination of remarkable talent, humility, and good nature, it's no surprise Arthur has been ... More >>

  • Fresh Eats: Drink of the Week: Prizefighter's Oaxacan Standoff

    published December 28, 2011

    A shot and a beer isn't an obvious pairing to highlight bartender creativity in a cocktail menu — and no, we're never, ever going to... More >>

  • Cyrus Noble Bourbon Returns to San Francisco

    published Dec 19, 2011

    ​San Francisco's first locally owned brand of bourbon, Cyrus Noble ($24.99/750ml)--bourbon made in Nelson County, Kentucky, but owned and distributed by Haas Brothers--is available again. Named aft... More >>

  • At Prizefighter, Oaxacan Standoffs Always End Deliciously
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    At Prizefighter, Oaxacan Standoffs Always End Deliciously

    published Dec 16, 2011

    ​A shot and a beer isn't an obvious pairing to highlight bartender creativity in a cocktail menu (and no we're never ever, ever going to count a drink where a shot glass gets dropped into a pint of... More >>

  • Belden Taverna's Foraged Manhattan Busts a Cap in Your Glass

    published Dec 09, 2011

    ​As the days continue to get colder and shorter, so do my drinks -- my preferences slowly shift from tall, juicy, and shaken, to stiff and stirred cocktails. I'm not alone. For lots of people, winte... More >>

  • Park Tavern's McLaren Cocktail

    published Dec 02, 2011

    Often, a great drink's greatness derives not just from a bartender's cleverness, exacting techniques, or intriguing recipes, but from the full experience of having that cocktail at the bar is terrific... More >>

  • How to Get Your Drink On This Week

    published Dec 01, 2011

    ​The festivities of Thanksgiving may be over and December's insanity of Christmas-Chanukah-Kwanza-NYE not quite up to speed, making this weekend your last chance to sip a drink and catch your breath... More >>

  • Tequila Bar Mosto Opens Tonight

    published Nov 28, 2011

    ​After a few foiled attempts by PG&E, the Mexico City styled tequila bar Mosto officially opens tonight, reports the crew from Tacolicious, which is also opening next door. The bar may be a de... More >>

  • Oakland's Plum Bar Ups the Cocktail Ante
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    Oakland's Plum Bar Ups the Cocktail Ante

    published Nov 23, 2011

    ​With the opening of Plum Bar, the new project adjoining Daniel Patterson's Plum Restaurant, Oakland has upped the cocktail ante. The bar itself is the focus of the narrow space. The walls are ... More >>

  • Prizefighter Bar Opens Wednesday and Comes Out Swinging

    published Nov 22, 2011

    There's a new cocktail heavyweight on the Emeryville card with Prizefighter Bar, opening tomorrow in the old Kitty's location. The team behind the new watering hole are veterans of the San Francisco b... More >>

  • Jasper's Orchard Malt Mule Kicks With Holiday Spirits

    published Nov 18, 2011

    The new fall/winter cocktail menu at Jasper's Corner Tap has a lot to like, from old favorites like the Black Cross ($11, black tea infused Smith & Cross Rum, Dubonnet Rouge, Belle de Brillet Pear Liq... More >>

  • Drink Your Way Through the Weekend

    published Nov 17, 2011

    You made it this far and have hopefully recovered from the Kopstootjes from earlier this week. Here's a fresh guide to getting your drink on this weekend. SFMOMA + Blue Bottle present Wedding Banque... More >>

  • How to Drink Your Way To Wednesday

    published Nov 14, 2011

    It's an especially busy week of drinking, so we're brining you the first of two guides for where to go for your cocktail needs, from drinking like it's the 1980's to an evening filled with more spirit... More >>

  • Alex Smith Leaves Gitane to Open Honor in Emeryville

    published Nov 14, 2011

    Is the mall--er, city of-- Emeryville on its way to becoming a new cocktail hub? With Prizefighter set to open later this month in the old Kitty's location, comes news that Alex Smith has left his pos... More >>

  • Burritt Room's Winning Pair

    published Nov 11, 2011

    Bar manger Joel Baker's just released fall cocktail list at the Burritt Room impressed us so much that we had to make this week's choice a rare selection of two cocktails--inspired perhaps by urgency ... More >>

  • Carlo Splendorini Mixes Up Gin Magic
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    Carlo Splendorini Mixes Up Gin Magic

    published Nov 09, 2011

    It's hard to say Carlo Splendorini's last name and not conjure up images of a magician, dazzling an audience with feats of the impossible--especially when he's behind the bar summoning up enchantments... More >>

  • The King Hippo Cocktail--a Tiki Punchout

    published Nov 04, 2011

    Some cocktail recipes begin with inspiration from an old bartending book, culinary pairing, or classic cocktail--others start with up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, and pressing B, A, star... More >>

  • The Week in Drinks: Spirits and Classes

    published Nov 02, 2011

    With four days worth of Halloween partying behind us, it's time to start thinking about the holidays. What better way to prepare than with some education and tastings? This week features a few classes... More >>

  • Fresh Eats: Drink of the Week: Moonraker at Bar Agricole

    published November 2, 2011

    The beauty of making cocktails from old recipes is more than the rediscovery of forgotten flavors. It's also in the mysteries that inevitably... More >>

  • Drink of the Week: Garden Gimlet at Make Westing
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    Drink of the Week: Garden Gimlet at Make Westing

    published Oct 28, 2011

    ​When Make Westing first opened up, the indoor bocce courts were the feature that everyone kept mentioning. While they are a nice element in the expansive and beautiful space, bartender Caroline Pa... More >>

  • Jupiter Olympus: Cocktails from the Crypt

    published Oct 27, 2011

    ​Where: Acme Bar, 2115 San Pablo (at Addison), Berkeley, (510) 644-2226 When: Sun., Oct. 30, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost: $10 per cocktail; 21 and over The rundown: Jupiter Olympus, the innovative cockta... More >>

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