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Weekend Guide: Free Chicken Sandwiches at Claudine, Oktoberfest, & More

The 5 things you should be doing this weekend. 

Cocktail Triumphant: Monarch's "Banning Rickey"

Fred Acebo of Monarch

After sampling ten craft rickey cocktails from San Francisco's top bartenders, our readers have spoken, and we have a winner! Monarch's Fred Acebo swept the competition with his "Banning Rickey" cocktail, a distinct remix of the traditional rickey recipe with notes of grapefruit and a spoonful of absinthe, creating unexpected layers of flavor that play well against the cocktail's Cointreau foundation.

Head over to Monarch and ask Acebo to whip up the Banning Rickey for you, or follow the directions below to mix it at home and show off your cocktail-making skills.

Mixologist Fred Acebo - Monarch

The Cocktail: Banning Rickey

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Drink Here Now: Bourbon Month and Harvest Season

It's drinking season in San Francisco, and your team needs you.

Christian Louboutin Welcomes the Well-Heeled at Maiden Lane Opening

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Secret Recipe: Haven's Monterey Squid & Chorizo

7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts.

3 New Books on Our Must-Read List

Sarah Waters is one of the most talented historical-fiction writers today, updating Dickensian-style stories with compelling prose and honesty. If you haven't read her books Fingersmith or The Night Watch, I highly recommend them.

We Wanna Be Friends With Editor in Chief of The Bold Italic, Jennifer Maerz

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Vote: SF Mixologists Battle for the Best Cachaca 51 Cocktail Recipe

Cachaca 51

We'd like to speak out on behalf of the pigeonholed spirits of the world. Despite what you've been taught, cachaça can tackle a whole lot more than the classic caipirinha. The bold Brazilian spirit has been popping up all around San Francisco lately, from cozy neighborhood joints to a lofty rooftop deck. To take advantage of our local talent, Cachaça 51 invited five of SF's most creative mixologists to mix up a brand-new cocktail that demonstrates their locale's personality and shows off a little of their own flair.

Foodie Agenda: Eat Real Fest, Filipino Food Pop-Up, & More!

Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon appetit! 

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