Eat + Drink
Love Beretta? Of course you do. It's pizza and cocktail heaven.
Yesterday, our friends at Liquor.com brought us a whiskey cocktail recipe to melt the SF summer chill from Beretta's master mixologist Ryan Fitzgerald. And on Monday, they're kicking off their 'Spirit Supper Series' with a cocktail dinner at the Mission hot spot.
A modern, undulating ride of LEED-certified design, Bar Agricole might be the most stunning tavern to ever touch down in San Francisco. The fact that the high-concept, farmcentric tavern is located on one of the most scrappy blocks of the city makes it all the more fascinating. We talked to Thad Vogler, the mad genius behind it all. Just don't call him a mixologist.
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Yuppie Friday at Enrico's: While we find it somewhat dubious that anyone wants to be referred to as a yuppie (even those who fit the description), youthful professionalism seems to come in handy for negotiating drink deals. For $15, attendees get two drinks, entrance in a raffle with numerous prizes, and a live jazz/funk band. Plus, all the proceeds go to the San Francisco Community Fund. More info here. (Friday, August 13th, 5-7:30 pm, at Enrico's, 504 Broadway, North Beach.)
Darwin Cafe, a new restaurant and cafe near South Park at the corner of Ritch and Bryant, proves that even the best beans, served via the best equipment are really only as good as the barista.
It's hard to overstate the popularity of Mission District watering hole and pizzeria Beretta. The place is perpetually packed. And while many talented hands that go into the making of Beretta's reputation as a go-to hot spot, perhaps one of the most charismatic is mixologist Ryan Fitzgerald.
Ferragosto at Piccino
If we were spending August in Italy, we'd be celebrating ferragosto, a short holiday when Italians traditionally decamp to the beach. Alas.You may not be able to jet off to Positano, but you can get in the spirit by attending the ferragosto party at Piccino on August 15. They'll be a pig roast and thin-crust pizzas and, in the Italian tradition, the wine will be free flowing. No reservations are necessary.
Tomato Dinner at Macy's
Join the movers and shakers in SF’s entertainment, hospitality and promotion industries for the release of 7x7's Nightlife Guide.
The party will be Thursday, August 19 at Infusion Lounge and will feature...
$3 specialty cocktails
Complimentary tastings and bites until 8 p.m.
Soundscape by DJ TS from LIFE/STYLE
124 Ellis St. near Powell
No cover | Cocktail reception attire | 21 and over
With all the street food over the last year, I recognize that the saturation point may be nearing. However, I must make a shameless plug for the second annual San Francisco Street Food Festival on August 21. Just as last year, I've again collaborated with my friends at La Cocina to help plan the festival, with my main role being to convince my favorite restaurants (including Pizzeria Delfina, Aziza, Flour + Water and many, many, more) to join us for the one-day feeding frenzy. They will all be there. Will you? For those who attended last year and got caught in the melee, please rest assured that the footprint of this year's festival is substantially larger, with over double the number of vendors, and instead of one bar, there will be three, manned by some of the best in the business—bartenders from Rye, the Alembic and Beretta. I'll be blogging about this again, giving you my best tips and picks, but for now, save the date. Best of all, admission is free—you pay only for the vittles and beverages at each stand.
With an appealingly ramshackle, if cultivated, sense of funk, there's something very NYC LES about Citizen's Band, the latest SF SoMa restaurant to enter the scene. If ironic trucker hats were still en vogue, this would be the place to wear them.
Americana is the theme: vintage postcards cover the walls; old, metal tractor seats made into stools (something bare legs can't recommend) are parked at a counter overlooking an open kitchen. The whole space opens up to Pinkie's Bakery which opens up to Icon, a small dance club. There's a progressive dinner in here somewhere.