Eat + Drink
Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Free Firestone Walker at The Republic: Paso Robles-based brewery Firestone Walker is looking to build interest in its wares by offering a free tasting at Marina beer destination The Republic. They'll be providing at least five beers for sampling, along with commentary on what makes each variety special. (Friday, August 6, 6-8 pm, at The Republic, 3213 Scott St., Marina.)
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It’s not every day you find the business end of a pants-less cherub hovering over your gin and tonic. But if this is an experience you simply must add to your bar repertoire (really, you must), head to Gold Dust Lounge. Founded in 1933, this San Francisco institution seems to have handily avoided changing anything since. It still boasts the decor of a gold rush-era bordello, complete with worn red velvet, chipped gilt, and cheap booze.
It is a rare thing that I dine at a new restaurant with absolutely no preconceptions about it. Between Eater and Inside Scoop covering the smallest details of every restaurant opening and my own personal connections to the restaurant world in SF, I've almost always tracked the chef or restaurant owner's career to some extent.
Of all of my skills, skepticism is chief among them. So well-developed is my skeptical nature that I have the lines on my brow to prove it. So when I got a press release about yet another email newsletter touting "restaurant deals" I nearly deleted it. (OK. I did delete it. Thankfully my trash file never gets emptied. My apologies to our one-man IT department, always keeping me a step away from disaster.)
It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our new "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series. Check back on Fridays for Q&A's with the couples who run some of our favorite local businesses.