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Drink Here Now: IndulgeSF, Day Drinking, and Dirty Habits

Farallon Bar Manager Mark Bonin shakes things up with four new lunch cocktails. Photo credit: Natalie Compton

No need to wait for beer-thirty. It's already rum-fifteen. 

Indulge Your Senses at IndulgeSF

What do you get when you mix local chefs with dancers, musicians, DJs and adult beverages? A smorgasbord for the senses called IndulgeSF. This Thursday at Mighty, Particle Circus will provide entertainment to accompany small bites from Trou Normand, Stones Throw, Rice Paper Scissors, Boxing Room, The Corner Store, Californios, and Hey Cookie. The $60 general admission ticket includes appetizers, a champagne toast courtesy of Scharffenberger, a house cocktail from Mighty, and a cross-media performance by Particle Circus. The $125 VIP Tickets include exclusive access to the VIP Lounge and an open bar hosted by Campo de Encanto Pisco. VIPs can sip all night on Pisco Punch, Strawberry Milk Punch made with aged rum, and a bourbon-based cocktail called Bait & Switch. Enter the discount code "indulge25" before checkout for a 25 percent discount. Proceeds benefit Hayes Valley Bakeworks, a non-profit bakery that employs and trains people with disabilities and those who are homeless or at-risk. 119 Utah Street

Form a Dirty Habit

Some people like to drop bad habits, but we like picking them up. Dirty Habit in SOMA is enabling us by launching several new cocktails that we're pretty sure will be habit-forming. Rossini's Muse pairs Condolini Grappa with black cherry, toasted fennel, and candied orange, while the Ellwood Shandy mixes spicy rye whisky with orange peel, eucalyptus, and black pepper. Sunrise in Bombay is a spicy tequila concoction featuring curry spice, white pepper, creamy mango and thai basil. The Honey Bee brings together gin, lavender flowers, orange oil and rosemary. Most of the cocktails are priced at $13 each. 12 Fourth Street, 5th floor of the Hotel Palomar

Day Drinking Just Got Fancy

After 18 years of serving dinner only, Farallon restaurant launched a lunch service this week, complete with special lunch cocktails created by Bar Manager Mark Bonin. The Mid-Day Mary ($12.50) is made with Belvedere vodka, chipotle, and housemade bloody mary mix , while the Lynchburg Caddy ($12.50) features single barrel Jack Daniels, peaches, lemonade, and ice tea. Thyme and a Reason ($10) is a bubbly combination of Ketel One vodka, lime, apple pear, thyme and sparking wine. The Gin Ginny Ginger ($12.50) is just what you'd expect Miller's English gin, mint, and ginger beer to taste like. All four cocktails can all be altered for enjoyment sans alcohol, but why would you want to do that? 450 Post Street

Cross the Bay for Music @FIVE

FIVE Restaurant in Berkeley is beckoning us with live music, cocktail specials, and complimentary bar bites. Every Wednesday and Thursday, Music @FIVE features an impressive line-up of musicians eager to entertain guests from  from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Bar FIVE. Enjoy free snacks such as calamari and crispy duck flautas when you buy two summery cocktails from the featured or classic cocktail list. We recommend The Bailey (gin, lime, grapefruit, falernum and mint) and the Burberry (bourbon, lemon, strawberry shrub and bitters), followed by a $5 Bartender's Whim, made with fresh, seasonal ingredients of the day.  FIVE's full dinner menu is also available at the bar. 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley

Saturday Wine Seminars at Eat Drink SF

Eat Drink SF Festival is upon us, and the sheer number of classes, demos, and parties is downright daunting. After poring over the long list of delicious options, we have identified at least two wine tasting seminars that are well worth the $30 price of admission. On Saturday at noon, join Gary Horner of Erath Winery for Pinot Noir: A Love Story, which offers a window into the art of blending different Pinot Noir clones from different vineyard sites. You'll get a chance to taste three single-clone botlings of Pinot Noir, two single-vineyard bottlings, and Erath's tête de cuvée – La Nuit Magique (“The Magic Night”). Also on Saturday, at 4:30, we recommend Test Your Wine Knowledge: Blind Tasting with Top SF Sommeliers & You, featuring renowned SF sommeliers sharing their skills with the rest of us. Learn to analyze wines in a blind tasting using Wine Spectator's methodology with DLynn Proctor, one of four feature subjects in the international wine documentary film “SOMM”; Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director of A16 and SPQR; and David Glancy, MS, CWE, CSS, FWS, founder and CEO of San Francisco Wine School and one of only 12 Master Sommeliers in the world to pass their Certified Wine Educator exam (CWE). Marina Room at the Conference Center at Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.

Send drinking suggestions to renee@grassrootspr.com.