1. The Tenderloin Cocktail Crawl: No plans tonight? Consider heading over to Nirvino's crawl through four bars on the Union Square/Tenderloin border: Jasper's, Rye, The Mortimer, and Grand Cafe. Each bar will make a drink with Akvinta vodka, St. Germain, Don Julio tequila, or Pisco Porton, and drinkers will be able to sample all four for just $10 ($20 at the door), with all proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Grab your ticket here. (Wednesday, September 26, 5:30 pm, at Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen, 401 Taylor St., Union Square.)
1. The Rite Spot Reopens: After some health-code troubles last year, 60-year-old Mission bar/performance space the Rite Spot is open under new management, and they're back to hosting live music most nights, starting at 9 pm. (Admission is free, but they require a $6 per person food and drink minimum.) They've also launched a happy hour from 4-7 Monday-Thursday and 2-7 on Friday, with $2.50 pints and $3 well drinks and house wine. And the full food menu is back in play, with comfort food like chicken parmesan, pastas, and a burger. Their hours are still TBD, but they plan to be open seven nights a week. (2099 Folsom St., Mission.)
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
1. Dobbs Bar Opens in Hayes Valley: Hayes Valley is pretty short on watering holes, which is why the folks behind nine-month-old restaurant Dobbs Ferry decided to transform what was originally planned as a private event space into a cozy neighborhood sports bar. Featuring six TVs, draft beers, and a menu of creative shots, the new spot is ideal for catching a fall football game. If you're feeling peckish, they also offer bar bites from the kitchen like chicken nuggets and burgers. (Monday-Thursday, 6 p.m-1:45 am, Friday, 4 pm-1:45 am, Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-1:45 am, 409 Gough St., Hayes Valley.)
1. Family Winemakers of California Festival: Small, family-owned California wineries are the stars of this sprawling tasting event, which features more than 750 different wines sourced from over 20 appellations within the state. For the first time, many wineries will also be selling wine on-site, allowing drinkers to take home their favorite bottles after tasting. There's also a special new iSip lounge, with a paired wine and food tasting led by sommelier Courtney Cochran. Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door. (Sunday, September 9, 3-6 pm, at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, Marina.)
Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.
Michael Chabon (Telegraph Avenue)
Tuesday, September 11, 7:30 pm, at City Arts & Lectures, Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave.)
Wednesday, September 12, 7 pm, at Diesel Bookstore (5433 College Ave., Oakland).
Berkeley-based Chabon, who last plumbed Alaska in The Yiddish Policemen's Union, goes more local in his latest novel, the story of a pair of Oakland couples (one black, one white). The women run a successful midwifery business, while their husbands co-own a used vinyl emporium, but when a wealthy former NFL player attempts to open his own record shop on their block and an illegitimate son emerges (and becomes the object of affection for the other couple's son), their world will be turned upside down. Tickets for Chabon's appearance at City Arts and Lectures are $22-27; his Diesel appearance is free, and he'll also be appearing later in the fall at Book Passage in Corte Madera and Kepler's Books in Menlo Park.
1. The Corner Store Opens: Located in one of the city's more unusual spots (the former Hukilau space at the corner of Geary and Masonic), this new restaurant offers classed-up comfort food like burgers and wedge salad, as well as an extensive cocktail program (all $9) with lots of housemade syrups and sodas. The Strawberry Blonde (gin, cilantro, strawberry syrup, Drake's hefeweizen) caught our eye, as did the Pickled Paloma (tequila, pickle juice, lime, salt, house grapefruit soda). They also offer traditional fountain treats like a black cow or a strawberry soda float, and grown-up desserts like the 50/50 (spiced rum, orange marmalade, vanilla ice cream). Seven draft beers and six draft wines round out the selection.
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