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  • New Wine Bar, Barrel Room, Rolls Into SF

    published Aug 11, 2011

    Opening this Friday at 5 p.m. in the old Hidden Vine location (across the alley from Le Colonial) is The Barrel Room wine bar. The space got a refresh along with an expanded food selection that incl... More >>

  • SF Chefs 2011 Makes Drinking in Union Square Legal

    published Aug 03, 2011

    SF Chefs, the week-long celebration of San Francisco food and drink, has taken up residence again in Union Square. The white tent draped over an entire city block won't officially open until Friday ni... More >>

  • The Week in Drinks: a Roundup of Boozy Events

    published Jul 28, 2011

    The sun is mostly out, summer is winding down, and it's a perfect time to get your drink on in a very boozy week. Here's our list of where to go: Distillery No. 209 Tour Where: Distillery No. 209, Pi... More >>

  • A Liquid Preview of Jasper's Corner Tap

    published Jul 27, 2011

    Jasper's Corner Tap, the gastropub project in the hotel section west of Union Square, opens tonight with an impressive list of beverages. The tavern will feature 18 cocktails, 18 beers and six wines o... More >>

  • Bourbon & Branch Alum Joel Baker Takes Over at Burritt Room

    published Jul 14, 2011

    There's no doubt that bar manager Kevin Diedrich's departure from the Burritt Room was devastating. Fresh from winning a series of awards, including SF Weekly's Best of San Francisco and the Chronicle... More >>

  • Drink Your Homework: Take a Cocktail Class

    published Jul 11, 2011

    Making cocktails at home, much like cooking, gives you complete control over every aspect of the final product, allowing you to adjust and fine-tune to your exacting standards -- if you know what you... More >>

  • Oh, Snap! Cocktail Duel at 15 Romolo

    published Jul 11, 2011

    Where: 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo (at Broadway), 398-1359 When: Mon., July 11, 8 p.m. Cost: Free entry (with RSVP:; $4 Snap and Root cocktails; free passed apps The rundown: 15 Ro... More >>

  • Two New Gins to Shake Your Thirst

    published Jul 08, 2011

    Gin can seem like a simple, juniper-focused spirit, but two new gins illustrate how it can be more sweet or savory, and that it doesn't always have to taste like a hangover -- er, pine. Just delicious... More >>

  • High-End All-You-Can-Consume Fest at Ferry Plaza on Sunday

    published Jul 06, 2011

    Where: Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Ferry Building (at Embarcadero) When: Sun., July 10, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $95 online via Eventbrite The rundown: Summer is finally here, and so far it's been a stunne... More >>

  • A Bulleit You Won't Want to Dodge

    published Jun 30, 2011

    When interest in classic cocktails like the Sazerac exposed rye as the pre-Prohibition whiskey of choice, demand soared. The rediscovery of the spirit -- which benefited from the spiced, full flavors ... More >>

  • Joel Teitelbaum Leaves the Bar at Zero Zero

    published Jun 30, 2011

    Joel Teitelbaum, has garnered a ton of press for his work as bar manager of Zero Zero, but he tells SFoodie he has just left the restaurant after his position was eliminated. Teitelbaum didn't say wh... More >>

  • Heaven's Dog Bartenders Have Fun with Cocktails

    published Jun 29, 2011

    For many years you went to a bar to get drunk with cocktails made with recipes designed to completely mask the taste of liquor. People didn't want to taste it; they just wanted to feel it. From there ... More >>

  • Secret Negroni Menu at Orson

    published Jun 27, 2011

    ​While the Pisco Punch might have undisputed San Francisco heritage, the Negroni often feels more like the official cocktail of San Francisco. The equal measures of gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari ... More >>

  • Newly Renovated Dosa on Valencia Will Offer Spicy New Cocktails

    published Jun 24, 2011

    When Dosa on Valencia reopens on Friday, July 1, the new 12-seat bar will sport more than a new design: it'll have a full bar, a cocktail menu, and its own gin. "The cocktail list will have a few dri... More >>

  • Thirsty Thursday: Cocktail Classes Roundup

    published Jun 21, 2011

    ​In an unusual moment for the Bay Area, our weather and the calendar's declaration of summer actually agree. Dust off your shaker and your bartending skills with a couple of classes this week that'l... More >>

  • What to Drink at Jasper's Corner, Opening Next Month

    published Jun 17, 2011

    As we reported last week, Kevin Diedrich, who developed and opened the Burritt Room in the Crescent Hotel, is leaving (his last day is June 24th) to head up the bar at Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitche... More >>

  • Azul and Its Bar Manager Michael Callahan Bid Farewell to San Francisco

    published Jun 16, 2011

    With Azul Lounge closing, the question of where bar manager Michael Callahan will end up has finally been answered: Singapore. The veteran bartender has been tapped to open an American/European style ... More >>

  • This Weekend: Learn How to Create Farm-to-Cocktail Drinks at the Ferry Building

    published Jun 15, 2011

    DIY Cocktails With Scott Beattie and Charbay SpiritsWhere: Ferry Building Marketplace, One Ferry Building (at Embarcadero)When: Saturday, June 18, 2-4 p.m.Cost: $50; reserve online via EventbriteThe r... More >>

  • Tonight: Shake Up Some Tequila Cocktails at Beretta

    published Jun 13, 2011

    Tequila Cocktail Class Where: Beretta, 1199 Valencia (at 23rd), 695-1199 When: Monday, June 13th, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $85; for reservations call 415-695-1199 or email The rundow... More >>

  • Sutton Cellars Hosts Weekend Event with Best Name: Jug Sunday

    published Jun 10, 2011

    Jug Sundays at Sutton Cellars Where: Sutton Cellars, 601 22nd St. (at Illinois) When: Sun., June 12, 2-5 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: It's that time again: Jug Sunday. This Sunday, Sutton Cellars... More >>

  • Olivier's Butchery Throws Dogpatch a Bone

    published Jun 10, 2011

    ​"You know what the funniest thing about Europe is? It's the little differences. I mean, they got the same shit over there that we got here, but it's just ... it's just there it's a little different... More >>

  • Superstar Bartender Kevin Diedrich Leaves Burritt Room

    published Jun 10, 2011

    In May, we were the first to talk to Burritt Room's bar manager Kevin Diedrich before he opened the Crescent Hotel bar, and now we're breaking the news that he's officially leaving it. His last day is... More >>

  • Rum, Ahoy: Bar Adagio's Cocktail College Goes Pirate-Themed Tonight

    published Jun 09, 2011

    Where: Bar Adagio When: Thu., June 9, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: Free, but you must RSVP: The rundown: Tonight's Bar Adagio's Cocktail College, the popular series held on the s... More >>

  • Get Buzzed Before Giants Games at Distillery No. 209

    published Jun 08, 2011

    ​Where: Distillery No. 209, Pier 50 When: Thurs., June 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $25. Space is limited, so please email or call 707-363-8182 to make your reservation. The r... More >>

  • Summer School: Eat and Drink Tequila with Joanne Weir

    published Jun 06, 2011

    ​Where: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, 1161 Mission (at Eighth St.), Suite 120 When: Wed., June 8, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $75 through Eventbrite The Rundown: Joanne Weir, local celebrity chef ... More >>

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