Drink Here Now: 1760's Stirring Hour, a Beer Fest at SPUR, and More


Stir up some trouble this week with these drinking events.

The Stirring Hour at 1760

For serious drinkers who scoff at lightweight happy hours, 1760 offers "The Stirring Hour," a one-hour, once-a-day opportunity to drink liquor mixed with more liquor. Every day from 5 pm to 6 pm, 1760 offers three original spirit-forward cocktails not available on the dinner menu for $7 each. Options are Gin with Strega, Dry Vermouth, Cocchi Americano, and Lemon Bitters; Tequila with Kina L'avion, New York Apple Liqueur, and Orange Bitters; and Bourbon with Gran Classico, Cynar, and Coffee Bitters. Stirred, spirit-based drinks are also available for $6 each, including the Negroni, Manhattan, Martini or Boulevardier. You'll also find one light and one amber beer on the menu for $3 a pint, as well as a red, white, and sparkling wine for $7 a glass. The Stirring Hour food specials include Roasted almonds in Togarashi honey and rosemary ($3); Marinated olives with preserved lemon and shallots ($3); Shishito peppers with Castelvetrano olives and hazelnuts ($6); and Brussels sprouts with crispy onion and aromatic herbs ($6). 1760 Polk Street

Beer Fest at SPUR Gallery

Online beer forum RateBeer.com is teaming up with SPUR Gallery to showcase some of the world's top rated brews and brewers this Saturday, from 2 pm to 6 pm. A $50 ticket gets you into the elegant gallery space for the RateBeer Gallery III Beer Fest, where you'll find three floors of beer, beer experts, and cheese. Featured speakers include Phil MacNitt from Modern Times Beer, Jesse Friedman from Almanac Beer Co., Tim Sciascia from Cellarmaker Brewing Co., and Tim Clifford from Sante Adairius. In addition to the ever-popular Pliny the Elder, you can taste more than 20 specialty beers, including Stone Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA, Alesmith Vietnamese Speedway Stout, and Almanac Farmer's Reserve Pluot. You'll also find cheese from Cypress Grove Chevre and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company. Tickets are available online, and the event benefits the It Gets Better Project. 654 Mission Street

ENO Wine Bar Turns One

This week is ENO Wine Bar's first anniversary, and they're celebrating with $1 prosecco on Thursday and a special ENOversity wine class on Sunday. Drop by on Thursday and mention the one year anniversary to receive a half-glass of prosecco for a buck. On Sunday from 5 pm to 8 pm, ENO Wine Director Joel Kampfe and Keenan Winery President Michael Keenan will be pouring - and talking about three wines: 2012 Keenan Spring Mountain District Chardonnay, 2010 Keenan Napa Valley Syrah, and 2010 Keenan Napa Valley Merlot. The wine lesson is free, and the wine flight is $20. 320 Geary Street

Google Glass Wearers Get a Free Drink at Stanford Court

In some San Francisco bars, wearing Google Glass will get you kicked out, or at least a look of scorn. Not so at Stanford Court's Aurea Lounge, where Google Glass wearers get a complimentary cocktail. Stanford Court's new, independent management wants to encourage guests to "experience the authentic San Francisco, which includes embracing the latest gadgets to hit the digital marketplace." To participate, enter the Aurea Lounge wearing your Google Glass, and take a photo of the hotel or your free drink, and post it to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram with the hashtag #stanfordcourt. The lounge is open daily from 5 pm to midnight and is located in the lobby of Stanford Court. 905 California Street

Hopscotch Cocktail Pairing Dinner Series

Starting this week, Hopscotch is hosting a seasonal cocktail paired dinner series, highlighting the best ingredients of the season carefully woven into original cocktails and paired fare by Bar Manager & Co-Owner Jenny Schwartz and Executive Chef Kyle Itani. This Thursday, guests can enjoy a five-course, spring-inspired menu incorporating Imbue Petal and Thorn, a small-production, artisanal vermouth from Oregon, and Hakashu, a Japanese single malt whiskey. The evening's main event will feature one of chef Itani's specialties: porchetta made from a whole hog obtained from Devil's Gulch Ranch in Marin. The savory, fatty, moist, boneless roast of pork will be served alongside a house barrel-aged cocktail. $80 per person includes food and beverage. Call 510-788-6217 to make reservations, which are available from 5 pm to 10 pm. 1915 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

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