Drink Here Now
Drink and Be Neighborly in the Mission
Following the recent devastating fire at Mavericks restaurant on 17th Street in the Mission, Hi Lo and Hog & Rocks are pitching in to raise money for their neighbors displaced by the fire.
September is California Wine Month, and there is no better way to celebrate than with a wine tasting event celebrating our award winning wines. Wineries from all around the state come to San Francisco to give you a sample of what the various appellations have to offer.
1) Noise Pop 2013 Festival Freebies
Billed as San Francisco’s favorite indie music, art, and film fest, the Noise Pop 2013 Festival runs from February 26 to March 3, with at least a dozen events in various venues around the City. Free events include nightly Noise Pop Happy Hours at Bender’s Bar & Grill (806 South Van Ness @ 19th) from 5 to 8pm.
1) Blue Corn Whisky Dinner
Whisky lovers might just drool over the menu this Thursday at Dixie Restaurant (1 Letterman Drive). Award-winning craft distiller Chip Tate from Balcones Distillery in Texas will be presenting four blue corn whiskies plus a single malt, paired with a five course tasting menu.
1. The Napper Tandy Reopens The Napper Tandy (24th and Van Ness) in the Mission has always been a friendly Irish Pub, if a bit cramped. A recent remodel opened up the space, making Wednesday night trivia (8:30 pm) more comfortable for patrons and servers alike. An upgraded sound system allows irreverently named teams to spread into the back room, while staying within earshot of the charming hostess’s lilting accent.
1. Caskhouse Opens: Noe Valley beer fans now have a bar of their very own; Caskhouse (which was supposed to be called Crafthouse, but got a name change after Tom Colicchio of Craft sent a cease-and-desist letter) is now open, with six California draft beers ($7 a pint) like CaliCraft Cali Kolsch, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, and Drake's Robusto Porter, as well as several wines by the glass ($10-12) and a handful of bottled and canned brews. Hearty food offerings include housemade salt and pepper chips ($4) and porter-braised beef short ribs ($8). (Tuesday-Friday, 4 pm-12 am and Saturday-Sunday, 2 pm-12 am; 3853 24th St., Noe Valley.)
1. Wine Kitchen Opens: The Divisadero corridor has a new place to sip a glass of vino; Wine Kitchen, which opened last week, has an enormous selection of wines from around the globe, including four local draft wines ($9-12), two draft beers ($5-6), and more than 40 bottles (ranging from $30 for an Italian Prosecco to $110 for Billecart-Salmon champagne). The "kitchen" part of the equation is also very much in play; the owners have worked at Commonwealth, Bar Tartine, and Spruce, and their menu includes gourmet offerings like crispy sweetbreads, tuna crudo, and mushroom tempura. (Bar: Monday-Saturday, 4:30-11 pm; kitchen: 5:30-10 pm; 560 Divisadero St., Western Addition/NOPA.)