Try the award-winning Serpent's Kiss at Laszlo Bar. (Foreign Cinema/Laszlo)

5 Reasons to Drink: Tiki Night, Christmas Ale + Sake Bombs

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There are two types of people in this world: people you want to drink with and people you hang out with that make you want to drink. — @BillMurray fan page


Tiki Night at Wildhawk

Recent wet weather has us fantasizing about cocktail umbrellas instead of the practical versions we've been carrying around. That's why you'll find us at Wildhawk early next week, kicking off Rum Mondays. The inaugural event will feature a welcome punch and Caribbean-style cocktails made with Plantation Rum. Guests can even rub elbows with Michael Goldman, brand ambassador for the blended Caribbean spirit. The monthly tiki night starts November 7th and repeats the first Monday of each month. // 3464 19th St. (Mission), wildhawksf.com


Anchor Unveils 42nd Annual Christmas Ale

It may be too early for Christmas music and holiday decorations, but the timing is perfect for Anchor Christmas Ale. Released every year in early November, this year's winter warmer is the 42nd iteration for Anchor Brewing Company. The ale features aromas of fruitcake, molasses, and fresh cut wood, and tastes of a roasted caramel malt, with notes of spiced chocolate and nuts, according to Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. You can find it in six packs, magnum bottles, and on tap through mid-January at numerous locations, including The Yard and Anchor Brewing Taproom. // 100 Terry A Francois Blvd. (Mission Bay); 1705 Mariposa St. (Potrero Hill), anchorbrewing.com


Learn the Art of Low-Proof Cocktails

Fans of Nico's low-proof cocktails can learn to make their own next Wednesday, November 9, at 6pm. Beverage director Maz Naba will be teaching a low-octane cocktail course, leading students through the making of three of Nico's popular cocktails which feature sake fortified with grain alcohol. Tickets are available online for $45 per person, including supplies, samples, and small bites. // 3228 Sacramento St. (Pacific Heights), nicosf.com


New Happy Hour at The Ramen Bar

Dip your toe into Japanese culture without getting soaked at The Ramen Bar's new happy hour, weekdays from 4pm to 7pm. The special happy hour menu features Miller High Life Ponies and furikake popcorn for a buck each, sake bombs for $4, and sake carafes for $6 with the purchase of a pitcher of Kirin. Pair the cheap drinks with $3 bites, including okonomiyaki tots, pork gyoza, and garlic-chili edamame. Kanpai! // 101 California St. (Financial District), theramenbar.com


Taste an Award-Winning Cocktail at Laszlo

The talented Nicky Beyries, bar manager for Laszlo and Foreign Cinema, just won a California cocktail competition in Los Angeles. Her award-winning cocktail, The Serpent's Kiss, is currently available at Laszlo for $14. The tropical concoction features rum and arrack mixed with passionfruit, orange, lime and mint. Breyers beat out ten other bartenders from the Bay Area and Southern California in the Diplomatico (Rum) World Tournament. In February, she will compete for the US title, followed by a global competition in London, if she wins. // 2526 Mission St. (Mission), laszlobar.com


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