Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week


1. Soda Popinski's Opens: The latest addition to the bar family behind Bullitt, Tonic, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, and Lightning Tavern, Soda Popinski's is named for a character in the vintage Mike Tyson's Punch-Out Nintendo game. The former Gold Star Bar space has traded its schoolhouse vibe for a clubby hunting-lodge interior, which is countered by a 60-inch flatscreen in the back devoted entirely to vintage Nintendo games (it's free to play). The bar features Fernet, Bulleit bourbon, and Fireball cinnamon liqueur on tap, and there are a few specialty cocktails, including a Moscow Mule and a "Vodka Drunkenski" (but watch out: the latter packs two shots of vodka). (1548 California St., Nob Hill.) 

2. PlumpJack Wines & Spirits Turns 20: The wide-ranging PlumpJack restaurant and wine group encompasses resorts, restaurants, and wineries, but the whole shebang kicked off with a small Cow Hollow wine shop, which turns 20 this weekend. To celebrate, the shop is offering their first-ever wine tasting, with free samples of select PlumpJack wines on Saturday afternoon. The Wexler's Back truck and Creme Brulee Cart will be on hand to provide nourishment. RSVP here. (Saturday, October 20, 2-6 pm, at PlumpJack Wines & Spirits, 2601 Fillmore St., Cow Hollow.) 

3. Free Macallan Scotch Tastings: The folks behind The Macallan single-malt scotch are in town this week for free educational tastings, during which you'll be able to sample their 10, 15, and 17-year-old oak-aged varieties, as well as their 12- and 18-year-old sherry/oak bottles. A brand ambassador will lead a seminar in the making and tasting of single-malt Scotches, and they'll also have some multimedia components to the tasting. RSVP here. (Wednesday, October 16, 6:30 or 8:30 pm; Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18, 6:15, 7:45, or 9:15 pm, at Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., Nob Hill.) 

4. Monday Night Dinners at Bisou: Bisou in the Castro is known for its bottomless mimosa brunch (as featured in our comprehensive guide to SF's bottomless brunch offerings), and now they're extending the party to Monday nights, with a $35 prix-fixe deal that includes three courses and all-you-can-drink house red or white wine. The menu features French onion soup, seared scallops, and figs with vanilla ice cream. Just be sure you make it into work the next morning. (Mondays, 5:30-11 pm, at Bisou French Bistro, 2367 Market St., Castro.) 

5. Funcheap's Food Truck Crush: The folks at SF Funcheap are taking over the SOMA StrEat Food Park on Thursday for a Giants-themed bash that includes live viewing of the playoff game, music, free beer, giveaways, disc golf, and of course, plenty of food trucks to choose from for dinner. Everything is free except for the grub, so bring a little cash to purchase some sustenance. They also ask that you bring a couple of cans of food to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. RSVP here. (Thursday, October 18, 4-8 pm, at SOMA StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., SOMA.) 

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