Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week


1. Hecho in San Francisco at the Ferry Building: If you're looking to do it up in style this Cinco de Mayo, look no further than Saturday's CUESA and La Cocina fundraiser at the Ferry Building. The $55 ticket includes access to an outdoor party area with seasonal meat and veggie tacos from Tacolicious, bites from 12 of the city's best Mexican restaurants and vendors (including Nopalito, Alicia's Tamales Los Mayas, La Torta Gorda, and Chaac Mool), artisan jello shots from Sweets Collection, tequila cocktails made with Don Julio, Cuervo Tradicional, and Mi Casa, and plenty of cold Corona. It's enough to give new meaning to the word fiesta. (Saturday, May 5, 6-9 pm, at Ferry Building, North Arcade, 1 Ferry Plaza, Embarcadero.)

2. Scurvy Awareness Day at Smuggler's Cove: Though it typically doesn't affect today's landlubbers, scurvy (the tooth-loosening disease caused by a lack of vitamin C) was once a scourge on the high seas. Luckily, with the invention of grog, seafaring folk were finally able to get a solid dose of citrus-- washed down with some rum, of course. To celebrate Scurvy Awareness Day (yes, it's a real holiday, and it's today), Smuggler's Cove owner/international rum expert Martin Cate will team up with Atlas Obscura's Annetta Black to discuss the history of scurvy and science's attempts to cure it, paired with $5 glasses of grog from the bar. RSVP here to attend. (Wednesday, May 2, 5-8 pm, at Smuggler's Cove, 650 Gough St., Hayes Valley.)

3. Meet a Microhood: Hocus Polkus: The Bold Italic's "microhood" events, which focus on merchants in up-and-coming SF neighborhoods, are a reliable bet for a fun time, free drinks, and a hip crowd. [Full disclosure: Your Drink Here Now editor has written for the site.] This time around, the microhood spotlight falls on lower Polk Street, between Bush and Post. Some of the drink deals: $3 beers at Quetzal, $3 Bud Light drafts and wine and $4 champagne at Lush Lounge, and drinks sponsored by Zipcar at the galleries of the Lower Polk Art Walk. Local shops are also offering deals on massages, plants, and stripper shoes, to name a few; RSVP at their Facebook page, which has a full list of participating merchants. (Thursday, May 3, 6-9 pm, Polk St. between Bush and Post, centered on Fern Alley.)

4. Free Thee Oh Sees Concert, Plus Rum: No plans tonight? Ultra-popular local group Thee Oh Sees are taking over Public Works this evening for a completely free concert, curated by Fader magazine and featuring DJ sets from DJ Tone. Captain Morgan Black Rum is sponsoring the party, and since it's 21+, we imagine some free or discounted rum drinks will probably be around to sweeten the pot. RSVP here. (Wednesday, May 2, 9 pm-12 am, at Public Works, 161 Erie St., Mission.)

5. Derby Day Bourbon Bash at Churchill: Thrillist is teaming up with the folks at Churchill to host an epic Derby Day party, featuring cocktails made with St. George Spirits' brand-new (and seriously delicious) Breaking & Entering bourbon. The $28 price of entry includes unlimited mint juleps, Derbys, and other signature whiskey drinks, alongside bites like finger sandwiches and cornbread. Attendees are encouraged to wear their best fancy hats, seersucker suits, and other racetrack-friendly togs. Tickets are here. (Saturday, May 5, 2-4 pm, at Churchill, 198 Church St., Castro.)

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