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

Each week, former sf.myopenbar.com editor Allie Pape brings you her picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF. This week: Drinks without bottoms, Motley Crue at rock bottom, and a primer on Grand Marnier. Have an event coming up? Want to share a tip? E-mail her.
1. Fish and Farm Industry Nights: We're not sure what kind of proof you have to present as to your employ in hospitality/service, but if you're already a wage slave or willing to take a risk, Fish and Farm is offering some unbelievable deals at atypical hours.

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Absinthe's Soul

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

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Lots More Beer, Now at Anchor & Hope

Anchor & Hope might look the same, but the restaurant has recently upped the pleasure of drinking there completely by instituting a happy hour, which focuses on a greatly upgraded beer selection (from just a handful of beers on tap to, now, 16). To top this off, the current bottle list features over 65 choices. And all these beers make the delicious happy hour noshes go down easily.

The Wexler's Motto: Smoke 'Em If You've Got 'Em

Midway through my meal at Wexler's, I joked with the server that I wanted to start a new drinking game: every time he said the words "smoke, smoky or smoked" I was going to drink. Had I done so, however, my one touch-too-sweet but ice-cold mint julep would hardly have been enough to sustain me through the course of the meal. Because this restaurant so staunchly resists categorization, I'm going to go ahead and call it a smoke restaurant, with elements of Southern and Texas-style barbecue, along with a hefty dash of—you won't believe it, I know—farm-fresh California.

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Serpentine and The Importance Of Pickles

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

Today's Hot Links: Appleman In Big Apple, Michael Bauer On Twitter

Appleman is in the Big Apple—with a one way ticket.

Watch out, Delfina: Bauer gives Flour + Water three stars. He's also now on Twitter.

The Green Fairy Goes White: Germain-Robin Absinthe is a Knockout

Last year's absinthe boom yielded some beauts (St. George) and some duds (Pernod). But while the St. George Absinthe was, by a long shot, for me the best of the lot, as Eric Asimov  noted in the Times, it's not for everyone.

Summer is Here: Orange Rosés For Sunny Days

I love the fact that Alder Yarrow over at Vinography is so unabashedly exuberant about "orange wines." Some of his quotes from the last year: "Regular readers know that every once in a while I wax poetic about an orange wine here on Vinography"; "Orange wine is nearly always a good sign!"; "Orange wines aren't easy to come by, but to my mind they represent some of the most exciting wines being made on the planet."

The 2009 Burger Bonanza: Nopa Raises the Bar

Welcome to the 2009 Burger Bonanza wherein two girls eat 20 of the city's best burgers, on the path to burger enlightenment. The 10 best will then be chosen to be featured—in ranking order—in 7x7's September magazine issue. Burgers must fit our "fancy burger" parameter: made with beef and available as part of the regular dinner menu at upscale restaurants in SF. Beyond that, we're open to suggestions, which we hope you will leave in the comment box below!

The Eater Wrap: Nate-O-Matic and the New Home of Frances

Welcome back to the Eater Wrap, the weekly report from Eater SF on all the restaurant news that's fit to print, including dive bars, unfortunate celebrity chefs hairdos and a little thing called the Nate-O-Matic.

1) With the help of Citysearch's Patrick Heig, Eater SF rolled out a new feature called A Beer At, in which the city's many anonymous, forgotten watering holes are examined, one by one. For the maiden voyage, Mr. Heig soaked in everything Chelsea Place had to offer. And more.

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