sf cocktail week
The world's first cocktail week is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, and as always, there are plenty of educational events, bar crawls, parties, after-parties, and other boozy fun to be had. Since our livers aren't made of titanium, we took it upon ourselves to condense the many awesome options down to six favorites. But if you happen to boast some sort of Six Million Dollar Man-type level of alcohol tolerance, let us direct your attention towards the SFCW Gold Pass, which will get you into almost every event, all week long, for just $700. Be sure to keep some Alka-Seltzer handy.
15 Romolo and Stag Dining Group Dinner
Tomorrow marks the start of San Francisco Cocktail Week, a week-long celebration of all things cocktail (including SF's stellar roster of bartenders). In honor of the week, Liquor.com has rounded up signature drink recipes from some of the city's best, including Duggan McDonnell (Cantina), H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir) and Jeff Hollinger & Jonny Raglin (Comstock Saloon).
Whatever you may think about the mixology movement, it's here to stay, and has blessed our town with some pretty stellar drinks. It's time to celebrate the cocktail with SF Cocktail Week, a seven-day libation bonanza that kicks off next Tuesday with the debut of the Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, an exciting new “beverage lab" (this makes me think about Beaker from the Muppets) and community center for drink circles. Scope the full schedule of SF Cocktail Week events here.
Well, the third annual San Francisco Cocktail Week came to an end on Monday with a closing bash at Jardinere. I, unfortunately, was not there, as I was instead actually bartending at Cantina. I pulled three shifts during the week, so my attendance at events was a bit more limited than I would have wished. Nevertheless, I got some sense of what was going on—what worked and what didn't.
I'm happy to say that overall I think the event was a rousing success. Parties were fun. Classes were largely well-attended and enthusiastic. Interesting people came in from out of town to see what was going on. The mood was great. Congratulations to the local bartenders and bar owners who planned the thing.
San Francisco may have a reputation of not taking fashion too seriously, but the same cannot be said about our cocktails. So much so that we have a whole week dedicated to celebrating them, and this just so happens to be that week. Since many of the recipes being poured are revamped classics (try the Corpse Reviver #2), we can't think of a better excuse to get dolled up in a early '60s-inspired ensemble and hit the town.
My # 1 event for this week's festivities is this Friday's grand outdoor happy hour that SF Cocktail Week organizers are calling 'Bayou on the Bay.' 'Boozin' by the Bay' sounds better to me, though, and is much more descriptive of what really will be going on.
My number two Cocktail Week event is not necessarily an SFCW exclusive, since the folks at Alembic do this periodically. But seeing as you're in an especially heightened state of cocktail awareness, it's a great time to participate.
The #3 event for Cocktail Week is actually a mulitude of events. It's called Bar School, and the classes of Bar School take place Thursday, May 14 at various locations and times around town. Basically, the city's top cocktail, spirits and bartending experts will be sharing their knowledge with the public. The lineup is incredible, if I do say so myself, especially because I will be teaching one of the classes with Cantina owner Duggan McDonnell. Our class, entitled "Cane, Grape & Cactus: True Lies About Latin American Spirits & Cocktails" is at Cantina from 6:30–8. We'll be talking about agave-based spirits and the drinks of Mexico, as well as the cane spirits of Brazil and the Pisco cultures of Peru and Chile.
Next Monday marks the start of the third annual San Francisco Cocktail Week, and this one is, naturally, going to be the best yet. As I said in a presentation at the CIA last week, the evolution of the cocktail has been the most significant trend in San Francisco gastronomy over the last few years. Our drinks scene here is second to none and right up there with London and New York as the most exciting and innovative in the world. Cocktail week exists not only to celebrate the local scene, but to further its development with classes, discussions, the sharing of ideas and recipes, and of course a few drinks.