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Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Cocktails from SF Chefs event, via Gamma Nine Photography.

Comedy Confessions at Dirty Trix Saloon
Sure, your friends and family think you’re funny. But do you have what it takes to make a room full of people laugh? How about a room full of drunk people? Bring your best jokes to Dirty Trix Saloon (408 Clement b/t 5th and 6th) on Wednesday night for the weekly Comedy Confessions Open Mic party. You’ll find nervous newcomers, rowdy regulars, and copious cocktails at this Chicago-centric sports bar described by Yelp users as having “strong, cheap drinks,” “friendly, attentive bartenders,” and a “certain degenerate charm.” Sign up at 8 pm if you want to perform, or show up at 9 pm to pass judgment on the amateurs. It’s free, and it will likely be crowded.

Wine and History with Flipside at The Mint
The SF Museum and Historical Society hosts yet another drinking event with a history problem. Join Wineluv and Flipside at The Mint (88 Fifth Street @ Mission) this Thursday, August 1, for an unlimited wine tasting from more than 75 wineries, plus a history lesson. Matt Reidy of Bluxome Street Winery will wax nostalgic about wine-making in San Francisco in the early 1900s. Next, Brian Kane of The Winery SF will make wine-making comparisons between SF and Sonoma/Napa. Then, Joshua Haberman of Burt Street Cellars will discuss how wine goes from the vineyard to the bottle. General admission and VIP tickets are available online, ranging from $55 to $120. General admission includes the unlimited wine tasting, the educational presentations, a custom GoVino wine glass, a photo booth by UpOut, live music, and 20+ vendors sampling chocolate, olive oil, and more. Food will be available from Off the Grid. VIP tickets include early entry with a guided tour of the Old Mint, a fully-catered VIP area, custom crystal glassware, a premium wine tasting, and gift bags.

SF Chefs DIY Cocktail Mixer
What’s the secret to some of the best cocktails in San Francisco? House-made mixers, such as grenadine, flavored simple syrups, and specialty sodas. Three of San Francisco’s top cocktail experts will be divulging some of their mixer secrets at a DIY Cocktail Mixer this Saturday, August 3, at 11:30 am at the Grand Hyatt (345 Stockton @ Sutter). Camper English of Alcademics.com will join Fine Cooking Senior Editor Denise Mickelson and two more local mixologists for a demonstration of tips and methods for making and using infused spirits and liqueurs (like vanilla-fig tequila), flavored syrups, homemade sodas, tonic water, and more. Guests will leave with a booklet of recipes so they can recreate what they’ve learned at home. Tickets are available online for $35 for this event, which is part of the SF Chefs week-long festival of food, wine and spirits.

Dubstep Dance Party at Monroe
Stop, drop and bounce this Saturday night at Hausik’s Dubstep and House launch party at Monroe (473 Broadway @ Kearney). Hausik (pronounced “How sick”), the self-described “nightlife concierge,” will start turning up the bass at 10 pm. The four-hour show features DJ Felnlove, DJ Kepic and Zoe Parties; a vocal performance by Those Bloody Yanks with Chanté; and go-go dancing by Valiant Vixens. If the music isn’t enough to get you moving, Monroe’s bartenders will provide some lubrication. Drink options range from beer and wine to cocktails as swanky as the Art Deco lounge itself. The cover charge amount remains a mystery, but if you whisper “Serenity” to the doorwoman, you can get in free before 10:30 pm, or for a discount before 11 pm.

Classic Movie Night at Top of the Mark
Wind down with wine and a movie this Tuesday, August 6 in Nob Hill. Every Tuesday this summer, Top of the Mark (999 California @ Mason) hosts a free wine tasting and screening of a classic movie. The wine tasting begins at 5:30 pm and features Dazante Pinot Grigio and Marchesi di Frescobaldi Chianti. The movie starts at 7:30 pm. This week’s film is the 1963 classic, Bye Bye Birdie. The wine tasting and the classic movie are free, but it wouldn’t be very classy to pass up an item or two from the menu. Order the Eggs & Eggs ($11), which are piquillo-infused deviled hen eggs with avocado paint and trout caviar. Or try a trio of Sliders ($21), including a Dungeness crab cake, a Kobe beef burger and a Kofte potato cake.

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