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Drink Here Now: 4 Places to Sip This Week

Photo via Kuleto's

1) The Starlight Room: "The Big Dive"

The "Big Dive" is back and the Starlight Room is celebrating local dive bars everywhere. It will be taking place on the Sunday of the Memorial Day Weekend (May 26). Expect amazing drink specials for the entirety of the night: $2 PBRs and $5 for a shot of whiskey and a PBR. If you don't feel like paying the $10 cover fee, become a fan of their Facebook page and show up before 11 pm and voilá! Free entrance! The "Big Dive" is fitting for anyone who wants to enjoy the holiday weekend without whipping out the big bucks! Starlight Room (450 Powell Street, 415-395-8595)

2) Kuleto’s “Meet the Maker”

Get up close and personal with wine creators at Kuleto’s “Meet the Maker” wine series on Thursday, May 23. The program is designed to introduce boutique and hard-to-find wines from Napa/Sonoma, Italy and other premium regions around the world. On Thursday, international winemaker Will Berliner will be making his only west coast appearance of the year at Kuleto’s to pair his Cloudburst Chardonnay and Cabernet with Chef Helstrom’s appetizers. Guests will not only be able to discuss the nuances of these wines, but also get tips from Chef Bob Helstrom on how they best pair with food! The cost of the event is $15, and proceeds will benefit the San Francisco Food Bank. (Kuleto’s, 221 Powell Street, San Francisco, 415 397-7720)

3) Negroni Happy hour at Poggio

Aperitif enthusiasts will be happy to hear about the new Negroni hour recently launched at Poggio in Sausalito. Every weekday from 4-6 pm, guests can choose from six Negroni variations for $5 each. Among the different drink options will be the Negrosky (vodka, bitter Campari, red vermouth), the Dirty Negroni (gin, bitter Campari, Cinzano Bianco, bitters), and the Negroni Sbagliato (bitter Campari, red vermouth, sparkling wine.) Negroni Hour patrons will also be able to enjoy complimentary schiacciata, a traditional Florentine flatbread. (Poggio, 777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 415 332-7771.)

4) Relay for Wine at Dogpatch WineWorks

Want to put your wine knowledge to the test? Check out The Relay for Wine, presented by The Wine Key on Thursday May 23, at Dogpatch WineWorks (2455 Third Street.) Guests will team up to compete in a series of wine related activities designed to heighten your sensory awareness and extend your wine knowledge, and teams will get a chance to explore how wine is made. Tickets for the two hour event are $35, which includes wine tasting. Prizes will go to the winning team!

Text by Alicia Bermudez and Kaitlyn Shimazaki