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    March 5, 2014
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    September 17, 2013

    Edible Excursions Launching Craft Cocktail Tour Next Month

    Coming this October, local touring company Edible Excursions is adding another tour to its bag of tricks. This time, things are thoroughly boozy, honing in on that chunk of blocks downtown that teems with special libations. You know the one, that fertile ground between lower Nob Hill and the Tenderl ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 22, 2013
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    April 24, 2013
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    March 6, 2013
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    March 1, 2013

    Drink of the Week: The Viceroy at Cantina

    Few spirits that have the potential to incite the kind of heated debate that pisco, the South American unaged grape based brandy, is capable of. Should you ever have the misfortune of asking a Chilean and a Peruvian about the origins of pisco, you would quickly find yourself with no answer and in th ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Sipping the Lands End at Rich Table

    It wasn't until I sat at the bar at Rich Table that I realized a restaurant could have an old soul. At a mere four months old, the place hums with such effortless vigor, you'd be forgiven for thinking the place had been around for years. The service is key, with staff that sets everyone at ease, inn ... More >>

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    October 31, 2012
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    October 26, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Apple Brandy Sour at Presidio Social Club

    With apple season in full force, and the weather kicking its final throws of Indian Summer, the cold weather cocktail season officially begins. At Presidio Social Club, bar manager Tim Stookey is adding two new drinks to the line up designed to unfog our lenses for a bit. The fall leaf red Picante ... More >>

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    October 23, 2012

    Learn to Be a Bartender at Beretta's New Cocktail Classes

    Last night we got a chance to preview Beretta's new hands-on cocktail classes, which are led by the restaurant's own bartenders. Each class focuses around one spirit or type of liquor, and instead of being demo-based, every student gets his own cocktail station complete with all the tools of the tra ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012
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    March 21, 2012

    Number 39: La Mar's Cebiche Mixto

    SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition ​San Francisco's first known Peruvian restaurant, Fonda Peruana, opened at the beginning of the Gold Rush, and 19th-century shipping routes between South America and San Francisco brought Peruvian pisco to our saloons, w ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Sparrows in the City

    ​Head bartender Brian Means' new cocktail menu at the Fifth Floor offers some interesting and elegant choices. The Commodore ($13, Clement Martinique Rhum, blackstrap gastrique, lime, ginger ale) comes with a separate spherized cocktail (saffron gin, Campari, lavender syrup, lemon) sprinkled ... More >>

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    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 1, 2011

    How to Get Your Drink On This Week

    ​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. Here's what's going on: Historic Libations Where: California Historical Society, 678 Mission (at ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Cocktail Week Events for Tuesday, Sept. 20

    Lou BustamanteKicking off Cocktail Week inside Anchor Brewery and Distillery​After a kickoff night Monday with perfect weather, and more people wanting to attend than there were tickets to be had, San Francisco Cocktail Week continues today with a much broader schedule. Tonight's festivities ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    Encanto Pisco Stars Tonight at Bar Adagio's Free Cocktail College

    ​Where: Bar Adagio, 550 Geary (at Taylor), 775-5000 When: Thurs., Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Cost: Free! but you must RSVP: The rundown: Bar Adagio's Cocktail College, the popular series held on the second Thursday of each month, happens tonight spotlighting loca ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Starlight Room Cocktail Preview

    Lou BustamanteJoel Teitelbaum serving up a couple of Pisco Crustas​Opening tonight at 6 p.m. (until midnight) is the revamped incarnation of Harry Denton's Starlight Room sporting a new dance floor, plush furniture, and an inventive cocktail menu. We caught up with bar manager Joel Teitelba ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 22, 2011
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    May 25, 2011
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    May 17, 2011

    No. 3: Sichuan Pickles at Mission Chinese Food

    Albert Law/porkbellystudioMission Chinese Food's mixed pickles, $3.​SFoodie's countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition.The longer Danny Bowien and Anthony Myint's restaurant sticks around, the farther afield it spins, growing wilder and more elaborate wit ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    No. 8: Pork Skewers at Halu

    Albert Law/porkbellystudioHalu's tontoro (left) and bacon-wrapped mochi.​SFoodie's countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition.Most studio apartments are bigger than Shigemi and Mimi Komiyama's tiny, personal restaurant, and signs of Shigemi's adoration of t ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    No. 17: Wayfare Tavern's Steak Tartare

    Gil Riego, Jr.Wayfare Tavern's steak tartare, $16.​SFoodie's countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition.Cooking beef causes all sorts of delicious chemical reactions: Amino acids and sugars on the surface of the meat combine, the beef browns, and dozens of ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    No. 21: Blacksmith Cellars' Chenin Blanc

    Lou BustamanteBlacksmith Cellars' chenin blanc: Drink local.​SFoodie's countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition.Even with the success of Dashe Cellars in industrial Oakland and Sutton Cellars in Dogpatch, it's challenging to hear the words "urban winery" ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    We've Mapped Even More of Our Favorite Local Dishes

    View SFoodie's 92 in a larger map ​We've been busier than ever working on the second annual countdown of favorite dishes, SFoodie's 92: The 92 dishes and drinks we've loved most in 2011. We've since made it all the way up to No. 21 -- Blacksmith Cellars' Chenin Blanc -- and we thought it wou ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    No. 22: Tataki's Faux-Nagi

    Photo courtesy of Bart Nagel​SFoodie's countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition. There are people out there -- we've met them, we know -- who can't think of a sushi meal without a couple of orders of unagi. With its broiler-blistered skin and sweet, thi ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    No. 23: Mandarin Lamb at Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant

    Anthony Bak/www.pragmaticepicurean.comOld Mandarin's Mandarin lamb, $9.95​ SFoodie's countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition. Old Mandarin's namesake lamb dish is the exception to SFoodie's rule of avoiding any dish with the word "Mandarin" in its name ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    No. 27: Fava Greens from Tairwa'-Knoll Farms

    CUESAFava greens at the Saturday Ferry Plaza market, $6 per pound.​SFoodie's countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition. ​As the winter rains fade and the sun finally shines on the city's farmers' markets, perhaps the last thing you want to fill your sac ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    Tomorrow: Woozy Wednesday on the Embarcadero

    The Pisco Book​The middle of the week isn't usually a celebration day ― it's the conservative, dowdy child of the seven, complete with headgear and prescription shoes. Well, Wednesday just got a makeover (at least this week), thanks to two events that should put the ump back in hump day. Pi ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    No. 53: Vegan Flan at Gracias Madre

    Gil Riego Jr.Gracias Madre's almond-and-cashew-milk flan, $8: No ersatz custard this.​SFoodie's countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition.In general, SFoodie prefers not to bestow praise on vegan copies of meat- and dairy-based foods. There are so many ele ... More >>

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    March 1, 2011

    Drank, Drunk: Drink

    ​DRINK: SF Weekly's Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Tasting Where: Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason (at California), 772-5000 When: Sat., Mar. 12, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $50 general admission, $75 VIP early admission; see below for a $20 SFoodie discount The rundown: We're not saying that SF Weekly's first-eve ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    One Month In, San Francisco's Best Things to Eat and Drink

    Jonathan KauffmanGoat taco (foreground) from the El Norteño truck.​ It's been a month since we began our daily countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition. Along the way, we'll pause to catch our breath, rounding up the favorites on our list so far, an ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    No. 72: Sauerbraten at Walzwerk

    Earl G./FlickrWalzwerk's sauerbraten, $18.​SFoodie's countdown of the 92 best things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition. SFoodie has eaten sauerbratens so vinegary we worried that the meat had spoiled. But Walzwerk's sauerbraten, one of the Mission restaurant's best dishes, hits just ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    No. 74: Comstock Saloon's Pisco Punch

    Lou BustamantePisco Punch at Comstock Saloon, a cocktail with a lineage.​SFoodie's countdown of the 92 best things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition. ​The one issue all cocktail historians can agree on is this: Determining the origin of a drink is imprecise work. Like most ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Pisco Sour, a Peruvian Celebration at La Mar

    ​La Mar Cebicheria Peruana's Pisco Sour (Pisco Quebranta, lime juice, simple syrup, egg white, and regional bitters) has felled us on more than one occasion. Though Pisco is a brandy (i.e., distilled from grapes), the foamy egg white fills us with nostalgia for (don't judge) the Orange Julius. ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 29, 2010
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    December 6, 2010

    Local Pisco Expert Signs Books, Gets Wonky at Pisco Latin Lounge

    Guillermo Toro-Lira has penned a history of Peruvian brandy in California.​Every movement needs a historian, someone who can frame events with the trajectory of inevitability. For Barbary Coast cocktail cultists, that historian is Lima-born Guillermo Toro-Lira. Like some early Christian saint, ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010
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    June 24, 2010

    Thankfully, Tuesday's Classes on Pisco and Tequila Come with Samples

    ​Next Tuesday, apparently, is booze-school day in San Francisco:That night, the San Francisco History Association is hosting a lecture by Guillermo Toro-Lira, author of Wings of Cherubs: The Saga of the Rediscovery of Pisco Punch, who will talk about the city's centuries-old affection for pisco, ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    For Cinco de Mayo, Mildly Stylish Scene and $5 Specials at Pisco Latin Lounge

    Kenn Wilson/Flickr​For that immediate post-work Cinco de Mayo crush, hit up Pisco Latin Lounge, which is within stalking distance of both Hayes Valley and the Castro. It's gay-friendly, and tends to attract stylish, non-age-specific types of all genders. There's generally a welcoming vibe for ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009
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    November 3, 2009

    Mission Eateries (and You) Can Help Support Local Kids at Next Week's Food for Thought Fundraiser

    ​Dine out at one of the participating spots in the Mission next Wednesday, Nov. 11, and the restaurant will donate between 25 and 100 percent of the proceeds to Mission Graduates, a nonprofit focused on fostering college preparedness in K-12 students in the Mission District. It's all in honor of M ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Pisco Punch, a Butt-Kicking Sip of S.F. History

    Kenn Wilson/FlickrThe version at Pisco Latin Lounge: From the Monkey Block to your lips.​The mind can touch on all sorts of topics when allowed to wander unimpeded. So it was that as we reflected on Chinatown's annual Double 10 celebration commemorating the overthrow of the Xing Dynasty on Oct ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    Drink Therapy: Lush Latin Beats and a Facelift You Can Sip

    Kenn Wilson​It's La Escuelita night at Pisco Latin Lounge, a kind of aural bouquet of lush paper roses with a heady whiff of retro Latino, pop sintetico, and old school dance stuff (DJ Juan Data starts up about 8 p.m.). Meantime, you can suck down drink specials spiked with Lotus vodka: a cucu ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Pisco Latin Lounge's Self-Styled 'Cocktail Historian' Curates an Indigenous Guzzler

    Jason via FlickrThe Pisco Punch at Pisco Latin Lounge: The real deal, for better or worseGuillermo Toro-Lira is pretty much obsessed. It's no coincidence that the Peruvian-born, self-styled "cocktail historian" once wrote a novel about a couple who were (surprise) obsessed with sussing out the origi ... More >>

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    May 18, 2009

    Fancy a Rhubarbella? Tonight's Jardiniere Gala Marks the End of Cocktail Week

    Kenn Wilson via FlickrSan Francisco's third annual mixology fest wraps up tonightStarting last Monday, the third annual SF Cocktail Week stirred, shook, and muddled its way through the city. It closes tonight with a gala at Jardiniere, 6-9 p.m. Forty-five bucks gets you all-you-can-eat Traci Des Jar ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 15, 2009

    Pork Belly and Cocktails

    At Heaven's Dog, mixing contemporary Chinese and fancy drinks in a modern setting does not a great restaurant make.

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    March 26, 2009

    Road Trip Pit Stop: Beltramo's

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

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    February 20, 2009

    Drink of The Week: La Mar Cebicheria Peruana's Santa Maria

    The Santa Maria cocktail at La Mar Cebicheria Peruana (Pier 1 1/2) is a welcome reminder of sunnier climes during this present chill. Comprised of Pisco, pomegranate-infused tequila, lemon juice and ginger syrup, there's a solid balance of tart, spice and a delicious burn that seems to intensify wit ... More >>

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