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Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Mission Bowling Club Opens: The blogosphere has been abuzz with the news that the long-awaited Mission Bowling Club has finally opened its doors. But while most reports have focused on the six lanes and the innovative food program by Mission Street Food's Anthony Myint, the MBC is also a drinking destination of note, with a full bar and cocktails developed by the team behind Minibar. (They've got plenty of space for non-bowlers, too, so reserving a lane isn't an issue if you just want to sample the fare.) Signature drinks ($10) include the MBC Cooler (rye, grapefruit, Dolin blanc, allspice, and soda) and the TBD (a combination of mezcal, jalapeno jam, and that will be named after the first bowler to score a perfect 300).

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Free Bushmill's Tastings at Top of the Mark: In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Bushmill's will offer three nights of complimentary Irish whiskey flights at Top of the Mark (starting tonight!), with Senior Master of Whiskey Steve Beal appearing on the 21st and 28th to answer questions. If you enjoy the initial four-variety flight, they're also offering chicken wings braised in Black Bush and served with a chive and sour cream dip ($14), and donating $1 from every Bushmill's cocktail sold to the Raphael House, which supports at-risk children. (Wednesday, March 14, 21, and 28, 5-6:30 pm, at Top of the Mark, InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, One Nob Hill, Nob Hill.)

Five Places to Sip This Week

1. 7x7's Nightlife Guide Launch at The Brixton: Come join the 7x7 crew to celebrate the launch of our new Nightlife Guide at the Brixton (left). We'll have free copies on hand for everyone to peruse, and plenty of $3 Stella Artois and $5 Four Roses bourbon cocktails to wet your whistle. Feel like dancing? DJ CAMS will be spinning all evening long. (Thursday, March 8, 8-10 pm, at The Brixton, 2140 Union St., Cow Hollow.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Lot 7 Opens in the Mission: The new Valencia St. seafood spot Lot 7 is filling a maritime niche in the neighborhood, starting with a happy hour that features $1 oysters, $4 glasses of wine, and $3 beers (with Belgian offerings from Hopf Dunkelweisse to Duvel). Once happy hour comes to a close, stick around for some grilled ahi tuna or dungeness crab mac and cheese from the regular menu. (Happy hour: Tuesday-Friday, 4-6 pm, at Lot 7, 974 Valencia St., Mission.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Yelp Drinks Week: Just when your liver thought the Beer Week coast was clear, Yelp has launched another salvo with their annual week of 50% off cocktails, starring the "greatest hits" of some of SF's best bars. With 30 watering holes participating, choices abound, but a few of the drinks that caught our eye include the $5 Mikael's Moondance at 15 Romolo (white whiskey, apple-honey shrub, angostura bitters); the $5 Wry Rajah at Dosa on Fillmore (rye, vermouth, cherry liqueur, mango, chili); the $6.50 sage Sazerac at Fifth Floor; and $2.50 pints of Fat Tire at Hobson's Choice. The full list has even more great options. (Monday, February 27 - Sunday, March 4, various bars.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. The Rock Bar Opens: Fans of the Front Porch should be excited to learn that they have a new place to wait for their table (or order takeout): the Porch's owners have purchased the former International Club across the street, transforming it into the Rock Bar. Drinks include classics like the Sazerac, Vieux Carre, and Corpse Reviver #2, alongside a few originals like the Basil Mudstone (bourbon, Pineau, basil, lemon, and white tea). While the name derives from the rock-covered exterior wall of the building, the theme extends to the indoors, as both owners originally come from mining families. Don't miss the gold, spray-painted former phone booth out front. (Daily, 5 pm-2 am; 80 29th St., Bernal Heights/La Lengua.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. O3 Bistro & Lounge Launches Cocktail Menu: The Ozone Thai empire has added a third, more upscale restaurant to its lineup, appropriately named O3. The focus here is more Asian-fusion than Thai, with bar bites like braised oxtail tacos and a miso Caesar salad, and drinks like a wasabi Bloody Mary or the Far East Capirinha ($12), a mixture of rum, sake, lychee puree, chili, and lemongrass, topped with vanilla, lemon juice, and champagne. The upscale atmosphere makes it a nice stop before or after a show in the Civic Center area. (Monday-Wednesday, 11 am-11 pm, Thursday-Saturday, 11 am-2 am, 524 Van Ness Ave., Civic Center.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Southern Pacific Brewing Opens: The Mission has received its very first brewpub (and SF, its first new brewery in a decade) in the form of Southern Pacific Brewing, which is headed by Speakeasy alums Chris Lawrence and Andy French. To start, they'll have five beers on offer: a wit, a golden ale, a pale ale, an IPA, and a porter ($3-5 each). Chef Tyler Moorish (Osteria Coppa) is heading up the menu, with bar snacks like crab fritters and charcuterie and big plates like wild mushroom lasagna and a pork banh mi. (Sunday-Wednesday 11 am-12 am, Thursday-Saturday 11 am-2 am; 620 Treat Ave., Mission.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Quince Unveils New Lounge: If you can afford the indulgence, Quince has recently opened an ultra-luxe new lounge area, specializing in seafood and upscale bar bites. Royal Osetra caviar goes for $25 per 5-gram spoon, alongside oysters, a trio of crudos, a proscuitto platter, and other gourmet delights. Pair your snack with a glass of wine from their deep library, or a martini from the fully-stocked bar. (Monday-Saturday, 5:30-10 pm, at Quince, 470 Pacific Ave., Financial District.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Comstock Saloon Launches Honky-Tonk Sundays: If you're in search of a dose of Southern comfort, the Barbary Coast vibe at Comstock is going redneck on Sunday nights, with old-school country LPs and hearty blue-plate fare. In addition to the regular menu, sous chef and chili champion Abe Sanchez will serve up his famed bowl of red, fried chicken, and BBQ. Best of all, the fun coincides with Comstock's regular happy hour, featuring $6 beer-and-shot combos like Anchor Steam and bourbon, $6 Derby cocktails, and two-for-one snacks. (Sundays, 4 pm-2 am; happy hour daily, 4-7 pm, at Comstock Saloon, 155 Columbus Ave., North Beach.)

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