Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week


1. Cerveceria de MateVeza Opens: MateVeza, which brews naturally caffeinated beer with yerba mate in Ukiah, has launched a beer bar and test brewery (left) just around the corner from Dolores Park, in the former Lilah Belle's space. Their eight drafts include all three of their own beers (an IPA, a black lager, and Morpho, an herbal collaboration ale with Mill Valley Beerworks), as well as rotating selections from Moonlight, Magnolia, and Marin Brewing. Once their 20-gallon brewing system is up and running, they'll offer 1-2 experimental drafts as part of their regular lineup. Also on offer: fresh empanadas from El Porteno, and a refrigerator case stocked with 100 different types of bottled beer. Even if you don't want to stick around for a pint, it's a great place to grab a six-pack and a snack on your next trip to Dolores Park. (Tuesday-Saturday, 12-10 pm, Sunday, 12-6 pm; 3801 18th St., Mission.)

2. Anchor Plaza & Taproom Now Open at AT&T Park: Baseball fans headed to the Giants' first home game of the season on Friday will notice a new addition to AT&T Park: Anchor Plaza & Taproom, an outpost of SF's beloved Potrero Hill craft brewery. Designed to look like the real-life Anchor taproom, the new kiosk will offer not only an expanded Anchor beer lineup (it's the only place in the park you can get Liberty Ale and Anchor Porter), but some Anchor Distilling items as well, including a Junipero gin and tonic and an Irish coffee made with Old Potrero whiskey. It's located in the big food court behind the center-field scoreboard; if you make the trip, you'll be able to keep updated on the game via their four flat-screen TVs. (Every home game, AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, SOMA.)

3. Fior d'Italia's Home Run Happy Hour: Also on the Giants drink beat, Fior d'Italia in the Financial District is putting their money where their fandom is. Every time the Giants hit a home run, everyone sitting in the bar with this free certificate will receive a happy-hour beverage on the house -- even if it's not happy hour. No homers that day? They still have solid deals on drinks, including $3 cocktails, beers, wines by the glass, and appetizers. The promotion runs for the entire month of April. (Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 4-7 pm, Saturday-Sunday, 2-7 pm, at Fior d'Italia, 2237 Mason St., North Beach.)

4. Divisadero Art Walk: If you're looking to add a little culture to your bar crawl, tomorrow's Divisadero Art Walk is the perfect way to savor some interesting new work alongside great drink specials from local merchants. Among this edition's offerings: $3 tacos and beers at The Little Chihuahua, an extended happy hour (until 8 pm) at The Page, $2 sangrias at Blue Jay Cafe, and drink specials at Madrone Art Bar. Be sure to check out the Indie Mart night market at the Independent as well. A full list of participating businesses and their offerings can be found here. (Thursday, April 12, 6 pm, Divisadero between Haight and Geary.)

5. Spring Scotch & Cheese Flights at Quince: Quince recently renovated its bar and lounge area, and those with cash to spare should consider checking out the lounge's new spring menu, which pairs three scotches with three cheeses from the restaurant's notoriously awesome selection for $34. The pairings, available through Friday, are Andante Trio cheese with Bunnahabhain 12, Comte Grand Cru with Speyside 12, and Keene's Cheddar Reserve with Tobermory 10. Later this month, they'll switch out the Scotch with craft beer for a different pairing special. (Daily through Friday, April 13, 5-10 pm, at Quince, 420 Pacific Avenue, Financial District.)

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