Liquor and Spirits

  • Dining

    March 5, 2014
  • Dining

    December 25, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Drink of the Week: Before and After Cocktail at Quince

    I hesitated as I stood in front of the door, like a nervous, awkward kid gathering enough courage to ask out someone clearly out of his league. I was wearing a t-shirt, jeans, and four days worth of facial hair, the point at which the wild mix of thin and thick patches of stubble give me an appearan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Drink of the Week: Getting Stone Fruit Happy at BUILD Pizzeria

    Walking into BUILD Pizzeria you will be presented with your first choice. Sit in a bight spacious restaurant side or the darker bar side? If you can't decide, then think about what kind of experience you're looking for: if you want to a quick bite and drink before you catch a show, go to the restaur ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Drink of the Week: Drink Like a Big Shot at Capo's

    If there's one thing you can say about Tony Gemignani, pizza champ and owner of Capo's and nearby Tony's Pizza Napoletana, is that the guy knows how to entertain. From his dough whirling days on the pizza competition circuit, to his ability to articulate regional styles of pizza pies into ideal stud ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 26, 2012
  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Whiskies of the World Is Sold Out, but Here's Events Where You Can Score a Taste

    ​The forecast may be full of dark, cold days and rain, but this weekend Whiskies of the World expo is the perfect shelter from the storm: three levels aboard the San Francisco Belle (Hornblower Cruises) with 30 distilleries and producers of grain spirits pouring a few hundred different bottles. Al ... 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

    January 27, 2012

    San Francisco's Top Ten Cocktail Bars

    Lou BustamanteBar Agricole's moonraker: Now that's a beaut.​In the last few years, finding a bad drink in San Francisco has become harder than finding a good one. In nearly every neighborhood you'll find a bar filled with fresh juices, high-quality spirits, and a talented bartender conducting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

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

    Lou BustamanteThe Foraged Manhattan​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, winter brings an increasing fondness for aged spirits occurs, with whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    September 27, 2011

    Hardly Strictly Whiskey: Mandolin Expert Chris Thile on How to Make a Drink for Yo-Yo Ma

    Chris Thile, mandolinist and mixologist​ Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile needs a drink. Since January, he has toured all over the country with his band, the Punch Brothers, recorded an album with guitarist Michael Daves (touring solo when Daves returned home for personal reasons), and collaborat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Scotch Pops: Dessert That Hits You Like Sean Connery

    Ben Narasin​When I make sorbet at home I add a single ounce of alcohol to brighten the flavor, a trick I learned years ago that works exceptionally well. If you'd rather have alcohol as the focus instead of the enhancer, you might be attracted to the St. George Spirits Single Malt Whiskey gel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Two New Gins to Shake Your Thirst

    ​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. The No. 3 London Dry Gin ($39.99/750ml) by Anchor Brewers and Distillers, in conjunction ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 22, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Big Hats and Bourbon: Where to Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

    Virginia MillerOur favorite Kentucky Derby thoroughbred: whiskey.​You may still be fighting the lingering haze of your Cinco de Mayo, but the Kentucky Derby on Saturday will provide yet another excuse to drink a lot and wear a big hat ― just like Mother's Day. Though we couldn't tell you when t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    The Sipping Seder: Two S.F. Guys Redesign the Passover Plate in Cocktail Form

    HoMan Lee/The Sipping SederRob Corwin, left, and Danny Jacobs have come up with a collection of Passover cocktails corresponding to elements on the seder plate.​Reinventing a cultural and religious feast like the Passover seder takes some guts ― and a Boston shaker. If you thought your only opti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Glimpsing Locanda Through a Cocktail Glass

    LocandaBrian MacGregor.​Locanda Cocktail Preview at Blackbird Where: Blackbird, 2124 Market (at Church), 503-0630 When: Sun., Mar. 27, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cost: $9 per cocktail The rundown: Anticipation for the Delfina sibling Locanda (expected sometime this spring) is building as fast as a con ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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

    September 20, 2010

    Go Share a Bowl ― It's National Punch Day

    LA & OC Foodventures/FlickrPimm's Berry Punch at Rickhouse.​For many the idea of punch is that unnaturally red "Hawaiian" liquid from a plastic gallon jug. Even the spiked variety that occasionally shows up at adult gatherings is usually nothing more than the kid stuff fortified with cheap liq ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Gran Classico: An Ancient Liqueur Comes Back

    Campari's hand-crafted cuz.​Maybe it's just us looking at the world through drunk-colored glasses, but it's never been a better time to have a drink. As the national interest in cocktails and the standard of quality in bars increase, it's created a market that allows for the revival of and ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Comstock Saloon: Barbary Coast Redux, with Luxe Food and Liquor

    eatersf/FlickrThe centerpiece is a beautifully restored 1907 mahogany bar. ​After a few delays, Comstock Saloon, the highly anticipated authentic Barbary Coast era project from Absinthe bar duo Jonny Raglin and Jeff Hollinger, is finally open. The centerpiece is a beautifully restored mahogan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Doggy Bag: Punch Drunk at Omnivore The making of Mission Gutter Juice.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Guttersnipe: Blogger Sam Tackeff of the has a photo-rich report on Saturday's punch contest at Omnivore Books, where Tackeff works. We'll let her refresh your memory: The rules were s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    S.F. WhiskyWeek Seminars Kick Off Sunday with a Scotch Tasting at Elixir

    Kenn Wilson/FlickrElixir is one of about a dozen S.F. bars hosting whiskey-spiked events next week.​There's no better place to celebrate the upcoming sloshfest that is WhiskyWeek 2009 than bellied up to the bar of one of San Francisco's oldest and most passionate advocates of the hard stuff. M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    Home-Made Lithuanian Milk Liqueur: Think of It as Bathtub Bailey's

    Unique Snowflake/FlickrYeah, that's right -- milk.​Apartment-dwelling San Franciscans with a hankering for home-bottled moonshine might be discouraged by the city's dearth of mountain men and their tucked-away open-air stills, but illicit hooch doesn't have to be cooked up in some backwoods ho ... 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

    August 12, 2009

    Champagne Punch: Chunky, Fruit-Filled Kool-Aid for Grownups

    Kevin Littlefield/FlickrLight yet potent.​Before summertime comes to an end and the fruits of the season shrivel into luscious memory, satisfy your stone fruit desires one last time with a light yet potent champagne punch. Raid your local farmers' market for the juiciest plums, apricots, nec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    The Joy of Juleps

    A carefully crafted julep is not only a work of art and a delectable evocation of those lazy summer days just over the horizon, it's one of the two or three greatest American cocktails. The hardest part of the preparation is the crushing of the ice, and since you'll probably become addicted to julep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Road Trip Pit Stop: Weimax

    Among other things, probably the widest selection of raki, arrak, and ouzo in the area.

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Road Trip Pit Stop: Beltramo's

    ... has one of the broadest selections of liqueurs anywhere.

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008
  • Music

    March 2, 2005

    Crooked Fingers

    Dignity and Shame

  • Music

    August 4, 2004

    Right Now

    Older, wiser, and a little less drunk, Sammy Hagar and Van Halen trudge on

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 19, 2004

    Best Continuing Education

    Tommy's Blue Agave Club

  • Holiday

    November 19, 2003
  • Music

    August 13, 2003

    Drive-By Truckers

    Decoration Day

  • Dining

    May 8, 2002

    Steaking a Claim

    Mel Hollen's Bar & Fine Dining

  • Dining

    July 4, 2001
  • Best of San Francisco

    May 23, 2001

    Best Irish Coffee

    The Albatross

  • Dining

    January 24, 2001
  • Music

    December 27, 2000

    House Of Tudor

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?; "Biff! Bang! Pow!" ; Me First & the Gimme Gimmes; Hogmanay

  • Best of San Francisco

    May 17, 2000
  • Dining

    January 5, 2000

    The Doctor Is In

    Tommy's Mexican Restaurant

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    November 6, 1996
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    August 21, 1996
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