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. SF Weekly's DRINK Party: This city loves its booze, and SF Weekly is celebrating that fact with its first-ever drinking bash, benefiting the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail and the United States Bartender's Guild. Magnolia, St. George Spirits, Cask, 21st Amendment, Toronado, The Wine Club, and Distillery No. 209 are among the 30+ participants-- and it's an open bar. But wait, there's more! LTB readers get a $20 discount on admission, bringing the cost of a regular ticket to $30 and a VIP pass to $55. Just use the code 7x7 at the event website. (Saturday, March 12, 6-9 pm VIP, 7-9 pm general admission, at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., Nob Hill.)

2. Johnnie Walker Tasting: Like Scotch? You'll want to get in on Johnnie Walker's series of private tastings, which they're offering gratis multiple times over the course of the weekend. Sign up on their website to get in on the action, but be sure to show up early-- an RSVP doesn't guarantee entry, and spots are limited. (Wednesday, March 9- Saturday, March 12, various times, at Fort Mason Center, Landmark Building A.)

3. Good Vibrations Birthday Bash: The Bay Area's favorite sex-toy purveyor is 34 years old this March, and to celebrate, all four locations are giving away free birthday cake and champagne, not to mention discounts on a few alternative goodies. If you miss the party, don't worry-- the merchandise-related deals will last for the rest of the month. (Thursday, March 10, 6-9 pm, at Good Vibrations locations in the Mission, Downtown, Polk Gulch, and Berkeley.)

4. Irish History Night: If you're interested in boning up on parts of Irish culture that don't involve green beer, consider attending this pre-St. Pat's event at the California Historical Society, featuring all sorts of Irish ephemera from 1850 to the present day. The $4 admission includes beer, wine, and Emerald Isle-themed snacks. RSVP here. (Wednesday, March 16, 5:30-7:30 pm, at California Historical Society Museum, 678 Mission St., SOMA.)

5. Cafe Prague Monday Happy Hour: This FiDi Czech spot has recently introduced a happy hour on Mondays, with buy-one-get-one-free glasses of wine and buy-one-get-one-half-off beers. If you get too tipsy, some goulash will set you straight. (Mondays, 4-7 pm, at Cafe Prague, 424 Merchant St., Financial District.)

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