• Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Drink of the Week: Espresso Martini at MKT

    Don't let the name scare you. The Espresso Martini ($14, Charbay Vanilla Rum, Firelit Blue Bottle, Kuchan Nocino, St. George Single Malt, espresso) at MKT, the recently renovated bar inside the Four Seasons Hotel on Market Street, is simultaneously everything and nothing you expect from the drink. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Drink of the Week: Get a Grip on Grappa at Bar 888

    Even as our collective drinking palate continues to develop to appreciate spirits once considered too challenging (like smoky peaty single malts whiskies, rustic and flavorful mezcal, and bitter European liqueurs), we still may have a ways to go until people learn to love grappa. Grappa (also know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Drink of the Week: Getting Down and Derby with Milk Julep

    The Kentucky Derby comes roaring into the final stretch this Saturday, kicking up roses and mint juleps as it makes its way around the track. The race may be about thoroughbreds and serve as the opening ceremony to the Triple Crown (followed by the races at Preakness and finally Belmont Stakes), but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Here's a Good Chance for Local Nerds to Date Other Dorks -- And Win a Pac-Man Bike Bell

    If you're spending Saturday nights leveling up again and again in World of Warcraft, the chances are you're single. The good news is so are the people you're playing. Which means a real nerd herd mixer is in order. On June 19, matchmakers who specialize in geek hookups are hosting a singles part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Drink of the Week: The Honey Badger at Bluestem Doesn't Care If You Like It

    Don't let the "brasserie" portion of the name fool you; the cuisine at Bluestem is all American. Named after the preferred grazing grass of cattle ranchers, the focus of the restaurant is decidedly on beef, with marrow, steaks, and tartar showcased on the menu. The bar incorporates a few of these Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Drink(s) of the Week: Three Cocktails to Charm the Year of the Snake

    The first night of Chinese New Year begins on Saturday, and while lucky foods like mandarins (to symbolize wealth) and noodles (for longevity and a full life) are traditional, we found three different cocktails to ensure a full year of good luck. Enjoy all three and triple your happiness -- and hope ... 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

    October 5, 2012

    Drink of the Week: The Black Pearl at E&O Asian Kitchen

    When the E&O Trading Company was being relaunched as E&O Asian Kitchen this past summer with a complete remodel, refreshed menu by chef Arnold Eric Wong, and bar overhaul by bar manager Carlos Yturria, the whole thing made sense. Both worked together in similar roles at Baccar back in 2001, and Ytur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Drink of the Week: A Smokin' Pair at 15 Romolo

    While cigarette smoke at bars may be out, smoke in cocktails continues to fill in the void left by the ban. It's almost as if the allurement between liquor and smoke is too intrinsic to divide apart. At 15 Romolo, two cocktails shine as balanced examples of how smoke can add interesting depth to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Drink of the Week: The Smokin' Hops at the Burritt Room

    Now open with a dramatic new dining room (who knew there was so much space?), the Burritt Room bar is mostly like you remember it. Some light refinishing, new sound system, much improved bathrooms, and high tables by the entrance enhance the space, but not as much as the cocktails by Josh Trabulsi a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Tres Times the Charm For Barman Joel Baker

    ​Two months ago Joel Baker, formerly bar manager at Bourbon & Branch and the Burritt Room, was brought on to enhance the bar and cocktail menu at Tres. Baker explained that, "The aim is to get the bar back to where it was when they opened, when Jacques [Bezuidenhout], Ryan [Fitzgerald], and Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Gitane Reveals New Bar Manager and Cocktail Menu

    Aubrie PickThe Doblon Cocktail​With Alex Smith's departure to Honor Bar, Gitane has found a new bar manager, and one who is no stranger to the restaurant: Ramon Garcia, who worked behind the bar during both Carlo Splendorini and Alex Smith's tenures, has taken the position and already implemented ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Jasper's Orchard Malt Mule Kicks With Holiday Spirits

    Lou BustamanteThe Orchard Malt Mule​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 Liqueur, Angostura bitters), to the powerful Kentucky Two Ste ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 2, 2011
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    October 10, 2011

    Free Corporate Booze Show with Thee Oh Sees This Thursday

    How to make your brand of alcohol cool, in four easy steps: - Invent witty slogan for your brand of booze. ("Shredding bagpipes since 1745," etc.) - Find out what well-known but still sorta underground musical artist(s) the 21-35 crowd in your target market likes. - Book said artist(s) for a show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Mission: Battleship Puts the 'Eat' in Fleet Week

    Where: S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien, Pier 45, Embarcadero (at Taylor) When: Thurs., Oct. 6th, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Cost: $30 online; 21 and over. Food and drink not included in entry price. The rundown: Fleet Week docks in San Francisco and kicking the party off like a bottle of champagne on a new ship is Mis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Crusta, a Bittersweet Cocktail at Som Bar

    Tamara Palmer​The Crusta is a lovely choice when you seek something both bitter and sweet that packs a huge punch in a tiny glass, a mix of Bulleit rye, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, Royal Combier, lemon juice, and a dash of Fee Brothers bitters. The rye and the Royal Combier (which contains cog ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Liqueur de Violettes: Flower-Based Liqueur Revives a French Classic

    ​Petaluma-based Tempus Fugit, maker of Gran Classico bitters and absinthes, has just released a 19th-century-style spirit, Liqueur de Violettes. The color's a natural blue-pink (from the violets it's made from, hand-harvested in the sunny Côte d'Azur). It was traditionally used with Champagne ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 9, 2011
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    February 21, 2011

    Taste of Brooklyn

    Aaron WojackNew Yorker Damon Boelte.​Damon Boelte at Beretta and Delarosa When: Beretta on Tue., Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Delarosa on Wed., Feb. 23, :30 p.m.-1 a.m. Where: Beretta, 1199 Valencia (at 23rd St.), 695-1199 ; Delarosa, 2175 Chestnut (at Pierce), 673-7100 Cost: All special coc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    DIY for the Holidays: Homemade Liqueurs

    Sean TimberlakeInfused spirits are among the easiest gifts to make and some of the nicest to get.​ The first of SFoodie's weekly guides to food-crafting gifts you can make. Giving booze for the holidays always reminds me of my grandfather. It's not that he was a big drinker, quite the contrar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Hey Bro, It's Harvey Wallbanger Day

    Editor B/FlickrAt this year's Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, the Harvey Wallbanger (right) went up against Sex on the Beach. The Wallbanger came out on top.​Classic cocktails from the 19th to early 20th centuries ― like the Sazerac ― have become standards on Bay Area bar menus. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Fall Cocktail: Hot Apple Pie

    Last Friday—BAM—autumn arrived in San Francisco. Sure there was that autumnal equinox thingamajig back in mid-September, but anyone who's lived in San Francisco for awhile knows enough to ignore the Gregorian calendar when it comes to the seasons. Last week, for the first time this year, there w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Drink of the Week: The Knockout's Rootbeer Float

    I swore off combinations of booze and cream liquors shortly after my 21st birthday when a well meaning friend bought me my first and last Irish Car-Bomb. The sensation of curdled Irish cream rocketing forth from one's nose with great force is not quickly forgotten. But I've made an exception for The ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 13, 2002

    Outer Limits

    Discover the Alaskan Duck Fart and other charms of the Outer, Outer Sunset's dive bars

  • Dining

    January 3, 2001

    The Mix

    Hey 19

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