This Weekend: Cocktail Robots Invade SOMA

BarBot 2011

Where: pariSoma, 69 11th St. (at Natoma)

When: Fri., Apr. 1 and Sat., Apr 2, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door (21 and over only)

The rundown: We might be generations away from having a HAL 9000 or genuine service droids, but closer than you think to bartending robots. As a boozy prelude to the eighth annual RoboGames (April 15-17), the brightest minds in robotics have created and assembled a party full of mechanical drink-slingers, ranging from a sass-talking vending machine to full-fledged martini-making bots. Go and enjoy a few in the name of “scientific research,” in a mechanical version of the Star Wars cantina scene, complete with robot band. And you thought it was hard getting your human bartender's attention.

Tickets at the RoboGames website

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