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Cocktails

  • Dining

    December 18, 2013
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    December 11, 2013
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    September 11, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Drink of the Week: Waking Up to a Red Dawn from Rickhouse

    Savory cocktails as a whole have never made the kinds of inroads that other cocktails have. If you find one on a menu, it's usually a Bloody Mary or a variation on one, but at Rickhouse general manager Dan Chavez Stahl has successfully does something different. The Red Dawn ($11, blanco tequila, be ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013
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    May 1, 2013

    The Best Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby Parties This Weekend

    Cinco de Mayo: Hecho en San Francisco Where: CUESA Kitchen at the Ferry Building (south end, near Market Bar) When: Sun., May 5, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Cost: $55, buy tickets online The Rundown: This weekend brings a host of opportunities to enjoy the good weather with celebrations for both the Kentucky D ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2013
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    March 6, 2013
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    February 7, 2013

    SF Beer Week 2013 Guide to Cocktails

    This coming week will be all about the sudsy, fermented grain goodness that is beer. Beer will be paired with everything, and will find its way into your food, your candy, and your cocktails. Even better, it'll find its way into you. Here are our picks for some of the more bar driven events of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Tennessee Margarita at Pican

    The magic of cocktails is in the dramatic difference a seemingly minor change can produce. Take the basic sour for example: a combination of spirit, citrus, and sugar. Make it with lemon juice and vodka and you have a lemon drop. Mix it with gin and lime juice instead and you have a gimlet. Take out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2012

    Cocktail Week Events for Tuesday, Sept. 18

    Tonight's festivities include a fantastic sounding food truck event (bring warms clothes!), a vodka dinner, classic Cuban cocktails, and sexy secretaries making cocktails. No, it doesn't get better than this. Be aware: There's a Giants home game tonight at 7:15pm, Howard street is closed between 3r ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2012
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    August 15, 2012

    Cocktail Preview: S.F. Street Food Fest and Night Market

    Barely recovered from the food coma of SF Chefs and Outside Lands? Buck up, it's time to grub and drink to your carts content at La Cocina's fourth annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, a celebration and fundraiser chock-full of street food and food trucks. The cocktail bars are being organize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Cocktails at Grand Café: Classics Meet French Charm

    With bar superstar power in place at Jasper's, Startlight Room, and the Fifth Floor, Kimpton Hotel group seems to be determined to improve the quality of cocktails for visitors and locals alike. Now, Kristin Almy is at the Grand Café, where she's revamped the menu to serve what she describes as "co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Boozy Weekend: Big Hats, Tequila, and Fast Horses

    What happens when Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby fall on the same weekend? A lot of trouble wearing big hats, awash in tequila and bourbon. Here's our handy guide to help you stay well refreshed all weekend. Cuatro De Mayo Fiesta Con Queso Where: Doc's Clock, 2575 Mission (at 21st St.), 824-3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Drink of the Week: The Nauti' Mermaid at Maven

    Wine and beer have been natural companions with food for centuries, cocktails are notoriously challenging to pair (with the odd exception, like Margaritas and Mexican food). Higher alcohol can wreck havoc on delicate flavors, and the higher acidity typical of juice-based drinks can throw a meal off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

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

    Lou Bustamante​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 tapped to lead such high profile bar programs such as Range, Prospect, and now Charles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Triumvirate Rum: Rumbustion Society Class Project Goes on Sale at Cask

    ​When Martin Cate opened Smuggler's Cove in December 2009, he initiated the Rumbustion Society, a master class in rum. Rumbustion is to rum what Julio Bermejo's Blue Agave Club at Tommy's Mexican is to tequila. Finishing the third level (200 different rums, quite a feat!) brings not only glory, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    S.F., City of Throwdowns

    eeetthaannn/FlickrDistillery 209's arsenal of botanicals.​Monday, Tuesday, Happy Days San Francisco finds itself the home of some mighty challenges over the next few days. Besides the emotionally charged series against the Dodgers starting this evening, two a couple of cocktail challenges ens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Rum 101 at the Ferry Building

    Lou BustamanteMai Tai at Spoonbar.​Rum, Rum History, and Rum Cocktails Where: Ferry Building, North Arcade When: Sat., Mar. 26, 2-4 p.m. Cost: $50 The rundown: In the U.S., rum has been like soccer and the metric system ― something the rest of the world did. All that is changing, thanks ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 9, 2011
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    March 9, 2011
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    December 23, 2010

    The Year in Food: Cocktails Get More Respect

    Melissa Barnes/SF WeeklyBar Agricole was among a handful of ambitious bar/restaurants to open in 2010.​Twelve months, ten storylines: It's SFoodie's annual look back at the year in food. To call 2010 a revolutionary year in cocktails would be an overstatement. But it was certainly a year in which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Jack Daniel's Files Suit -- Aims to Jack Up Competition

    Time for a Lynchburg lawsuit...​The makers of America's most ubiquitous bourbon, Jack Daniel's, have poured out a legal shot at a competitor. Their argument in San Francisco District Court: When it comes to marketing liquor, you don't know Jack. While even teetotalers know Jack Daniel's distillery ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    BarBack Olympics Makes Drinking a Legitimate Sport. Finally

    BerDerp™Ice relay course form the 2008 BarBack Olympics at 111 Minna.​On Sunday, 20 of the San Francisco Bay Area's best barbacks take center stage at Mezzanine in a series of challenges designed to replicate being deep in the weeds at the bar: bottle relay, ice bucket race, beer restocking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    McCormick & Kuleto's Wants You to Soak Up the Booze

    Robin C./Yelp​The place: McCormick & Kuleto's, 900 Northpoint St. (at Larkin, in Ghirardelli Square), 929-1730, www.mccormickandkuletos.com. The hours: 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. The deals: Hefty snacks for $2-$5 apiece;  $6.50-$7 cocktails. The digs: The view's stupendous from the cocktail lou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Should Bartenders Trademark Their Drinks? Josh Harris Weighs In

    Liza GershmanJosh Harris of the Bon Vivants, right. (To the left is partner Scott Baird.)​Thanks to an article by Chantal Martineau that appeared in the Atlantic Food Channel last week, one of the discussions engaging the bar industry has filtered out to the public. At this year's Tales of the Coc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Spoonbar's Scott Beattie Talks Cocktails at Plum, Bracina

    Jeremy Brooks/FlickrScott Beattie (right) with the author.​After stopping by Spoonbar in Healdsburg earlier this month, we sat down to chat with Scott Beattie for a taste of what to expect behind the bar at Plum, the perennially delayed Bracina, and other projects from Northern California's tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Thermidor's Iceberg Daiquiri, a Frosty Flashback

    ​Thermidor's Iceberg ($9) is a mini vacay on a bar stool. Mixologist Brooke Arthur's cooling frozen daiquiri has vanilla and grapefruit elements, but just a hint of the latter, meaning it's pretty much free of the bitterness that can easily overpower a resort drink. That said, the Iceberg has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Pickled, Absinthe's Monthly Cocktail Pop-Up, Rolls Out Monday

    CUESA/FlickrCarlos Yturria.​You know pop-ups have reached some critical mass of sexy when brick-and-mortars tap into the meme. On Monday, Absinthe bar manager Carlos Yturria trots out the concept for Pickled, the first in a series of monthly cocktail pop-ups at the Hayes Valley brasserie. Pi ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Bar Basic, Orson: On the Hunt for Bargain Drinks in SOMA

    J. BirdsallBar Basic's happy is nothing if not basic.​Maybe Bar Basic's happy hour wasn't quite as happy as we were expecting last night. Certainly there was no trace of Back to Basic Thursday, a night that was supposed to have been devoted to affordable versions of the cocktails bartenders mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    The Champagne Cocktail: Sparkly and Bittersweet Like a TCM Tearjerker

    Sarah Ackerman/FlickrChampagne cocktail at Sutro's at the Cliff House.​The 1939 version of Love Affair (a TCM mainstay) is one of the more sophisticated romantic dramedies from Hollywood's Golden Age, so it's only fitting that Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne should meet and spark over the subjec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Bulleit Bourbon: A 90-Proof Rite of Passage

    Markyboy81/FlickrHonestly, if you don't respect yourself, who will?​The late great American cultural historian Bernard DeVoto once wrote an entire book dedicated to the proposition that the only cocktails a self-respecting adult should consider imbibing are the dry martini and a slug of whiske ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Umbrella Weather: Mai Tais Conjure Up the Balmy Summer You Won't Be Having

    eenwall/FlickrMai tais at the Tonga Room: Evanescent as summer itself?Summer arrives this weekend, and with it a crying need for all those tropical cocktails that deceive San Franciscans into believing that balmy evenings are on the horizon. The mai tai, a signature example of the genre, has a speci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Cocktail Week: Erik Adkins Revives His Favorite Drunk

    nirvinoAdkins holding forthMixology god Erik Adkins is paying tribute next week to one of the quirkiest guys ever to pick up a swizzle stick: Charles H. Baker Jr. As part of Cocktail Week, Adkins - manager and bar director of Heaven's Dog - will teach modern twists on iconic cocktails by Baker, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Behind the Bar with Brandon Skaggs: The Cesar

    Move over, mojito. Step back, caipirinha. Hail Cesar!

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008
  • Music

    September 19, 2007
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    May 11, 2005
  • Dining

    November 24, 2004

    Irony Overload

    Attempted cleverness overwhelms the cocktails and food at Lime

  • Music

    July 21, 2004

    The Delays

    Faded Seaside Glamour

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 23, 2001
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    May 23, 2001
  • Dining

    February 28, 2001
  • News

    February 7, 2001

    Projected, Not Stirred

    How much does Peter Moody love martinis? He's spent 13 years making a movie about them, if that tells you anything.

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    May 24, 2000
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    May 17, 2000
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    February 26, 1997
  • Dining

    August 2, 1995

    In a Sweat for Green Chile

    While Leticia's pulls in a margarita-swigging crowd, it's Pozole that fills the bill for regional Mexican specialties

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    June 28, 1995
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