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Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Image of Noir Lounge, via Stuart Locklear.

1) Osso Steakhouse Opens in Nob Hill

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Monroe

1) Weekly Wednesday DJ Party
If you’re planning to party at the swanky, Hollywood-esque Monroe (473 Broadway @ Kearny) on Wednesday nights, it pays to arrive early. Not only are the drinks cheaper; the music is probably better. The Battle of the Decades DJ party starts at 8 pm with music from the 80s, plus $1 cocktails and premium beers. At 9 pm, the 90s music kicks in, and drink prices double to $2. Music from the 00s starts at 10 pm, with $3 drinks. From 11pm - 2am, drinks cost $4, and the music hails from the current decade. Red Pepper food truck serves $1.50 tacos all night on the heated, outdoor patio.

2) Jamaican Rum Tasting @ Elixir’s Cocktail Club

Indie Film Picks & Drinks from Blackbird Bar

Blackbird Bar

Searching for a hearth, any hearth, in front of which to warm my toes on this cold, cold night, I  headed to Blackbird Bar, a lower Castro haunt that I find myself at more often than not when I'm in the area, for this week's picks and drinks. In a city rumored to tip the scales at more than 800 bars, opportunities to be pretentious about your cocktail selection lurk, suspender clad, around every corner, and I've always noticed Blackbird to be refreshingly casual and comfortable considering the breadth of their selection.

12 Holiday Gifts for The Epicure

What’s better than the gift of choice? Enter San Francisco startup Wantful, which allows shoppers to create custom books filled with 12 gift options. Here, 7x7 editors do the legwork for you. We’ve selected 12 great gifts for the epicure—from artisan chocolate and spices to handy kitchen tools—all priced at just $50. Click to pay, send a book, and let your loved one decide. Holiday shopping? Done.

Click to buy 7x7's $50 gift book for epicures!

Our Top Picks For SF Cocktail Week

Indian summer is in full swing, which means it's time for another edition of SF Cocktail Week, which runs from next Monday, September 17, through Sunday, September 23. Our Cocktail Week was the nation's first, and though other cities have since jumped on the fun-having/liver-punishing bandwagon, the folks at the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail have continued to innovate, introducing lots of cool new events to complement some of their stalwart offerings. Here are five of our favorite events, all of which showcase the amazing bars, bartenders, and spirits that the Bay Area has to offer. 

Italian Cocktail Hour

Photos: 7x7, W San Francisco and Russian Standard Vodka Toast Winner Erik Tennyson

On August 9th, the W San Francisco and 7x7 celebrated the winner of Russian Standard Vodka's weeks-long "Toast to Ambition" mixology contest—Erik Tennyson of Upstairs at W San Francisco!

This Election Season, We're Joining the Cocktail Party! Are You In?

Hey, all you feuding Obama lovers and Romney-ites. We know Election Day is speeding towards us, and it's already next to impossible to go a day without hearing someone ramble about Obamacare or debate over who Romney will pick as a running mate. Sometimes, it can all be a big buzzkill. But not any longer! We're cutting loose and joining the Maker's Mark Cocktail Party–and (of course) celebrating by throwing a series of awesome events going down at six of our favorite bars around town: 111 Minna, Osha Thai Embarcadero, Reed & Greenough, Wreck Room, Pete's Tavern, and Pier 23.

Hayes Valley's Two Sisters—More Than A Bar With Books

Hayes Valley's Two Sisters—More Than A Bar With Books

Although the name of Hayes Valley's new Two Sisters Bar and Books sounds like a place for solo drinkers to dig into a Hemmingway novel and a stiff martini, it's actually a spot you should go to for an impromptu bite with a few friends.

Get Your Drink on at Exploratorium's Science of Cocktails Event

The Exploratorium knows how to throw a party, and for the third year, they've turned their annual fundraising event (100% of proceeds from the event go to the museum's programming) into a grand 'ole time.

Thanks to the continued popularity of the now widespread mixology movement, everyone's getting behind the science of the drink. Learn the physics, chemistry, and biology about everything from alcohol's components and cocktail creation to inebriation and the dreaded hangover—all while sipping a martini, of course. SF's best mixers—Bloodhound's Brandon Josie, Ricky Paiva and Russell Davis of Rickhouse, former Rye bartender Doug Williams, and more—will be on hand to concoct a killer combo.

Secret Recipe: The Kerouac from Burritt Room

Once upon a time, spirits steeped with herbs (like Aperol, an Italian bitter liqueur) were considered restoratives to treat mind, body, and even hangovers. Throw together a curative for whatever may be ailing you New Year's Day with The Kerouac from Burritt Room bartender Kevin Diedrich.

7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you want to make at home, send us an email. Your wish may just end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

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