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Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink for Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Show Dogs' Anniversary Bash: Show Dogs, the mid-Market sausage and beer palace from the Foreign Cinema folks, turns one year old this Friday. To celebrate, the restaurant is throwing an anniversary party. Your $20 ticket buys unlimited access to beers from Speakeasy, North Coast, 21st Amendment, and Anderson Valley, plus samplings of new menu items like fried chicken, pulled pork, and ribs. They'll also have a live guitarist. (Friday, October 15, 6-8 pm, at Show Dogs, 1020 Market St., Mid-Market.)

Locked & Loaded: Q&A with Blue Bottle's James Freeman on Pending Dolores Park Location

When San Francisco's Rec & Park approved a Blue Bottle coffee cart (or more properly, a trailer) it set off howls of protest in the Mission district. Opponents have questioned what kind of impact it will have on existing businesses and nearby roasters. There have been angry meetings, and even angrier blog comments. We spoke to Blue Bottle founder and co-owner James Freeman to find out what all the ruckus was about. 

Eat It: Jacques' and Showdogs Celebrate, We Get Wild

Jacques Pepin Turns 75

The inimitable Jacques Pepin, master chef and KQED booster, is turning 75. In honor of the occasion, Waterbar is preparing a special birthday party on October 14, and party-goers can expect baked oysters, truffled grilled cheese sandwiches, foie gras torchon and much more. Should you have a chance face-to-face with the chef, we suggest discussing his hobby, pétanque. Tickets are $125; to purchase, call 415-392-4400 or visit's Favorite Books for Cocktail Lovers

Earlier this year, we did a roundup of the top 5 items for any respectable apartment bar.  Now, the folks  at are adding to that list with a roundup of books by their favorite writers and bartenders. Cocktail lovers, add these to your bookshelves. 

Paul's Picks: 5 Ways to Get the Wine You Want

Paul Einbund is the wine director of the Slanted Door restaurant group. He's also worked as the sommelier at Frances, Coi and more. Look for him here every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @pauleinbund.

While I believe that talking to a sommelier is becoming less intimidating, I still also know that most guests could use a little help getting the most out of their ordering experience. Here are my tips.

Pisco, Pisco and More Pisco for 7x7 Readers at's La Mar 'Spirited Supper''s Spirited Supper series (which saw previous events at Beretta and Jardinière) makes its way to La Mar, the land of pisco, next Tuesday.  It will feature six courses of traditional Peruvian food paired with cocktails crafted by La Mar's talented head bartender, Enrique Sanchez (who was

The 10 Best Lunches Under $10 in Union Square

I've been working in Union Square now going on 10 years which has gained me some keen insight into eating on the cheap around these parts. Not known for its culinary prowess, this part of town still has some good eats—you just have to pick and choose, even within each restaurant.

1. For blustery days, my new favorite go-to soup is the organic chicken pho at Urban Picnic (a spot that I'd written off until I tried the pho). It's not quite Turtle Tower, but the the slices of chicken are tender, the broth is bold. (Not to mention there are plenty of brain-numbing, US Weekly-type magazines to read while you slurp.)

Partner Spotlight: Eat, Drink and be Local—The TRU Story

7x7 Partner Spotlight

When the Trumer Brauerei Berkeley opened its doors in 2004, we worked hard to perfectly preserve the brewing process of our 400-year-old sister brewery in Salzburg, Austria.

We've successfully combined the heritage and tradition of our European roots with the excellence and passion of American craft brewing. So now you can enjoy a TRU European Pilsner imported fresh from Berkeley.

Brewed in your own backyard for your next backyard BBQ.

Well-balanced with a distinct hoppiness and crisp dry finish, Trumer Pils is a perfect pairing for a summer BBQ, dinner party or Sunday afternoon at the park. Pick up a 6-pack today and bring a local home. The Country's Best Spots to Mix Football & Cocktails

Baseball aside, football season is just getting into full swing. For fans, it's important to know where the best bar stools and high-definition TVs are. has highlighted the Mission's very own Elixir as the place to park for those football games you just can't miss, along with a few other spots around the country that serve up football and cocktails in style.

First Bite: A Tale of Three Sandwiches

This week, a good proportion on my meals have been between two slices of bread. The sandwich is a satisfying creation, equally suited to breakfast, lunch and dinner and co-opted by nearly every culture in the world.

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