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Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Image of bartender Kevin Diedrich from Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen via Michael Harlan Turkell.

1) Tornado Relief from Negroni
You can take the boy out of Oklahoma, but you can’t take Oklahoma out of the boy. Comstock Saloon owner Jonny Raglin, born and raised in the Panhandle State, is partnering with local bars to raise funds for victims of the recent tornados in Oklahoma. You can pitch in by drinking at “Negroni Happy Hours” around town this week, where 100% of Negroni cocktail sales from 5 to 7 pm will be donated to the Oklahoma chapter of the American Red Cross. Rye (688 Geary @ Leavenworth) hosts on Wednesday, and Elixir (3200 16th @ Guerrero) joins the action on Thursday, from 5pm to 9pm. Friday’s location is Trick Dog (3010 20th St. @ Florida); Romolo (15 Romolo @ Broadway) hosts on Saturday. On Sunday, Local Edition (691 Market @ 3rd/Kearney) will be throwing a honky-tonk themed Negroni party from 5 - 9pm. DJ Blaze Orange will be spinning old country vinyl, and Comstock Saloon’s notorious Four Roses whiskey boots will waltz down Kearney to help you kick up your heels. A $25 donation at the door includes your first drink. All proceeds will be donated to the cause.

2) Bacon, Babes and Bingo at Cafe DuNord
Drop by Cafe DuNord (2170 Market St. b/t Church & Sanchez) on Thursday, May 30 for four hours of fun, brought to you by the letter “B.” Bacon, Babes and Bingo begins at 7 pm. This live game show goes beyond Bingo, bringing together Wiggy Darlington’s comedy, burlesque from Mistress Marla Spanks and friends, live music from 29th Street Swingtet, a mystery raffle prize worth $200, and bacon humor from Kami Kampo and AJ Molecular. A $10 cover charge includes free Bingo all night, or you can toss in an extra $5 for a guaranteed seat and popcorn nibbles. Twenty bucks will get you VIP (Very Important Piggy) seating with a table, plus a raffle ticket. Or, arrive after 10 pm for the $5 Penelope Pancetta Late Night special, which includes the final Black Out Bingo round. Purchase tickets in advance at www.baconbabesandbingo.com.

3) Alembic’s New Cocktail Menu
The Alembic is one of those San Francisco drinking destinations that never disappoints. Located at 1725 Haight Street between Cole and Shrader, it is known for hand-crafted mixed drinks and late night food. The new $11 cocktail menu features eight “Canons” of the cocktail world, including the Sazerac, the Bourbon Old-Fashioned, and a Pisco Sour. “New School” drinks include the Mexican Radio (Sino Reposado, Pineapple Gomme, Lime, House Spirits Coffee Liqueur, Frenet, Cardenal Mendoza), Strawberry Camaro (Mezcal, Strawberry Juice, Sweet Vermouth, Campari, Mint-Orange Oil) and the Lava Lamp (Lillet Rose, Combier, Nocino Walnut Liqueur, with a touch of Porter Foam). The Alembic opens for lunch at noon and serves dinner until 1 am. Menu standouts include the Pork Belly Sliders, the Bone Marrow, and the Jerk-spiced Duck Hearts.

4) Jasper’s Hosts Guest Bartenders from Portland
Looking for a taste of Portland, but not ready to hop on a plane? Stop by Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen this weekend to meet a pair of guest bartenders from our other neighbor to the North. Daniel Shoemaker and Sean Hoard from Teardrop Lounge in Portland, Oregon will be mixing things up behind Jasper’s bar from 6 to 9 pm on Sunday, June 2. They’ll be serving special Teardrop cocktails ranging in price from $6 to $8. Cultural-reference cocktails include the Miracle Mile (Aviation gin, pineapple juice, Benedictine, lime juice, honey), Salting the Mine (Watermelon, rum, lime juice, ginger beer) and The Spanish Prisoner (Fig preserve, lemon juice, Gamel aged aquavit, Volstead vodka). Jasper’s is located on the corner of Taylor @ O’Farrell in the Tenderloin.

5) Bacon Birthday Party at Hi-Lo
If you haven’t yet gotten your fill of bacon, make your way to Nob Hill for Hi-Lo Club’s first birthday party on Wednesday, June 5. They’ll be celebrating the joyous occasion with the launch of their Summer Cocktail Menu and another one of their famous Bourbon and Bacon Happy Hours. Order any whiskey from the extensive list and receive a side of mouth-watering applewood smoked bacon, perfectly prepared by Morty’s Deli. If you’re so inclined, you can advertise your love for pigs and whiskey by purchasing a Bourbon & Bacon T-Shirt for $20. The pork party starts at 6 pm at Hi-Lo Club (1423 Polk Street @ Pine).