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Shaken, Stirred or…Carbonated? Spoonbar’s Cocktails Now With Bubbles

 Shaken, Stirred or…Carbonated? Spoonbar’s Cocktails Now With Bubbles

Spoonbar in Healdsburg may have lost Scott Beattie to the dark side of the Mayacamas, but the new Bar Manager, Cappy Sorentino, has a few of his own tricks up his carefully rolled sleeves. 

Starting this week, the impressive collection of artisanal spirits displayed behind the bar will be transitioning from gin to rum as Sorentino rolls out his summer cocktail program — from classics like the Cuba Libre to the historic Grog as well as more modern Tiki drinks like the Mai Thai.

Four Must-See Art Exhibits Opening This Week

The Thinker, Rodin

This week, in addition to the reliable assortment of fearless young artists, the Bay Area receives the works of two major deities: Chuck Close and Auguste Rodin. If “The Thinker” isn’t a great excuse for a day trip down to Monterey, we don’t know what is. 

Alpine Meadow: Cocktail #5 in Russian Standard Vodka's "Toast to Ambition" Contest

We've partnered with Russian Standard Vodka and asked some of the city's top mixological talent to concoct delicious drinks with Russian Standard Vodka as its star ingredient, and base the name of the cocktail and its ingredients on a deeply-held ambition: maybe a frozen drink inspired by climbing the tallest peak, or salted rim to evoke sailing the open sea...

Want to win a $100 bar tab? Try all the cocktails over the next seven weeks and "toast" (i.e. vote for) your favorites by selecting one here.

Sample Hand Crafted Beer from Local Brewpubs at 12th Annual BreastFest

BreastFest 2012

On Saturday, July 14, one of the Bay’s longest running beer events will take place at Fort Mason. Over 50 breweries, mostly local, will be pouring at the 12th annual BreastFest Beer Festival.

Win Tickets to the Academy of Sciences NightLife!

Academy of Sciences Nightlife

Every Thursday night, music, creatures and cocktails come together for NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. Attendees can explore exhibits and aquarium displays while sipping creative cocktails, and let exotic animals from around the world transport you to the tropics, Tibet, and dozens of other remote destinations. Special planetarium shows will take you even farther afield. Each week features a live band or DJ, and a unique theme – from salsa dancing to sustainable seafood and beyond. 

Want to go? To score a pair of tickets, simply sign up for our newsletter below, and we'll choose a winner randomly. The winner will be notified via email on how to pick up the tickets.

Flora Grubb Shares Her Summer Must-Haves

Flora Grubb

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

Our obsession with SF's famed Flora Grubb and her eponymously named Flora Grubb Gardens is well documented. So when we recently got the chance to sit down with Flora for our June 2012 issue, we jumped at the chance. Now, she shares her ideas for letting your green flag fly.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Ron Tanner (From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story)

Tuesday, July 3, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Thursday, July 5, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Berkeley (1760 4th St.)

Where to Watch 4th of July Fireworks in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe fireworks

Nothing shouts 4th of July more than a day at the beach followed by a spectacular evening fireworks display over the water. Up in Tahoe, they've got that Independence Day tradition covered quite nicely.

Five Quirky Attractions in Northern California

Five Quirky Attractions in Northern California

California is no exception to the quirky and bizarre. Spend a couple minutes on the streets of San Francisco and you’re bound to see something that makes you scratch your head. However, beyond the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, more quirkiness awaits the inquisitive traveler. Today I spotlight a handful of Northern California’s quirkiest attractions. 

Taste Some of the Finest BBQ in America at the Wine Country Big Q

Taste Some of the Finest BBQ in America at the Wine Country Big Q

When you’re with friends and family on a hot summer’s day, there is nothing better than barbecue in Wine Country. It's great timing, then, that Saturday, July 14th is Wine Country Big Q - a rockin’, raging barbecue and wine tasting event in Santa Rosa.

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