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Michael Mina’s Clock Bar Opens at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square

On Tuesday, July 15, Clock Bar opened its doors in Union Square’s Westin St. Francis hotel. Celebrating the classic American bar and the art of drink making, chef Michael Mina’s first lounge offers specialty cocktails with small plate food pairings highlighting seasonal ingredients and trends. Guests sampled Sidecars and Americanos poured by Marco Dionysos (formerly of Tres Agaves) while nibbling on mussels and truffle popcorn. The sleek bar was designed by the renowned Rockwell Group, and the décor comes complete with ticker clocks displaying the time in New York, Rome, Tokyo, San Francisco, Paris and Chicago.

SF’s Best Bar Chefs Competition

On Tuesday, July 1, a select group of SF’s best bartenders battled it out in an Iron Chef-style competition to win the title of Best Bar Chef. The lively event, which took place at the Americano located in the Hotel Vitale, featured fierce competition from formidable bar chefs Ronaldo Colli from Americano, Josh Harris from Five Star Cocktails, and Cody Robertson from Oola and guest judges like of David Nepove, Vice-President of the United States Bartender’s Guild, Steven Oliver, GM of Le Colonial. Guests sipped on cocktails courtesy of Lotus Vodka as they applauded winner Ronaldo Colli. 

TeamPlay Foundation Benefit

On Wednesday, May 28 the TeamPlay Foundation—an organization managed by Baron Davis, Gunnar Counselman, Anne Gaylord and Cash Warren—hosted a cocktail party and benefit, along with LA real estate developer Ross Walker and event planner Gianna Cardinale, at Apartment 24.


Liz Armistead, Daniela Tempesta


Michael Bismuth, John Eide

Grand Opening Party for Press Club

Press Club, an urban tasting room located on the up-and-coming Yerba Buena Lane, held an elegant opening bash on Wednesday, April 23. The unique wine bar only features a selection of eight notable boutique California-based wineries such as Chateau Montelena, Fritz and Hanna Winery and Vineyards among others—each with their own tasting bar. 
 

 Jeff Jeffries, Andrew Chun, Jan Wiginton

“From Tiki to Toe Shoes” at the Tongo Room

On Wednesday, April 16 the Tongo Room at the Fairmont Hotel celebrated its newly renovated space with the spectacular “From Tiki to Toe Shoes” party honoring the 15th anniversary of San Francisco Ballet ENCORE!. Guests were treated to a lavish luau feast and lively Polynesian dancers.


Gregg Mattner, Paula Elmore


Sheri Relerford , Cristina Robinson

Junior League of San Francisco’s Fashion Show

On Saturday, April 5 the Junior League of San Francisco held their 82nd Annual Fashion Show Gala at the Fairmont Hotel. The fundraising event, which was co-sponsored by Macy’s, featured two different parties, a champagne luncheon and a black-tie dinner gala, both with a silent and live auction and a breathtaking fashion  show.


Courtney Bocci, Wendy Simon Armstrong, Annette Giambroni

330 Ritch Re-Launch Party

On Friday, April 4 legendary SF nightclub 330 Ritch held a party to celebrate the club’s newly renovated interior and updated mission statement to help diversify the SF community through music. The event featured a frenzied set by DJ Scene, drinks and dancing in the re-vamped industrial space. In addition to aesthetic changes, 330 Ritch is now the official SF venue of Spin Magazine, who will help co-host must-see shows through the year.





John Antonini, Justin Roja

The Ambassador's One Year Anniversary Party

photography by Drew Altizer

Vintage 415 celebrated the one year anniversary of their Rat Pack-inspired lounge the Ambassador with a party featuring eats, free-flowing cocktails and dancing, thanks to local DJs Vin Sol and D Tek.

 

Epic Roasthouse and Waterbar Opening Party

Epic Roasthouse and Waterbar restaurants celebrated their opening with a joint party overflowing with food, drink and merry-makers. Designed by Pat Kuleto (who is also a co-owner of both restaurants), these two massive restaurants sitting on The Embarcadero boast killer views of the bay.

Erin Chun_Jan Wiginton Marybeth LaMotte_Rich LaMotte Angie Silvy_Yvette Beebe

Lotus Vodka Party at W Hotel

Lotus Vodka and Virgin America Airlines hosted a night of high-flying art and cocktails at the W Hotel on on November 15.  The flying themed event featured art from former Jefferson Airplane frontwoman Grace Slick and Blue Lotus caffeinated vodka cocktails.


Kendra Basner, Joanna Braynin, Maya Aramendia       Alesandria Fonseca, Jessica Cushman
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