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Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Amber Dhara's Ayurvedic Cocktails: Amber Dhara, the sister spot to Amber India on Valencia Street, just opened the doors to its enormous space (6,000 square feet!) a couple of days ago, serving the upscale takes on Indian fare that the mothership is known for. A new addition, however, is Nirupana Srivastava's lineup of $11 Ayurvedic cocktails, made according to the principles of Indian medicine (though we doubt they'd recommend the booze). The intriguing entries include the Belly Dancer (mezcal, Rhum Clement creole shrub, housemade aphrodisiac nectar, citrus, Madras spice rim) and the Blessed Monk (Hangar One Buddha's Hand vodka, goji liqueur, lemon basil, lemongrass, black pepper, coconut water).

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

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.

San Francisco International Poetry Festival

Thursday, July 26-Sunday, July 29, various locations

Organized by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, this biennial celebration of poetry will take place all weekend long, with events like a Kerouac Alley kick-off party featuring readings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Hirschman and a jazz concert starring Jonathan Richman. All weekend long, poets like Amiri Baraka (left) will read in Civic Center Plaza, capping off the event with a Sunday poetry crawl through North Beach galleries. Check their website for the full schedule.

SF Chefs Dinner Party Project #6: Family Night: Going Basque

7x7 is proud to sponsor SF Chefs, the annual, hotly-anticipated food/wine/spirits bonanza that is the quintessential San Francisco culinary experience. The event occurs July 30th through August 5th, and offers guests exclusive access to the city's most innovative and lauded industry professionals and personalities.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Dixie Introduces Happy Hour: With summer Fridays in full effect, consider making a trip up to the Presidio for some quiet, greenery, and happy hour at newish Southern spot Dixie, whose food and cocktails were praised by our own Carolyn Alburger earlier this month. The restaurant's "Cocktail Hour" includes rotating $5 menu items (this week's has been fried chicken), as well as a $5 wine, cocktail, and beer, with offerings like the Georgia Lemonade (Buffalo Trace bourbon, peach liqueur, lemon, soda) and a bourbon-barrel-aged Widmer Brothers ale. (Daily, 4-6 pm, at Dixie, 1 Letterman Drive, Presidio.)

At Wine & Wall, It's OK to Judge a Bottle By Its Label

At Wine & Wall, It's OK to Judge a Bottle By Its Label

Despite the timeworn warnings about books and covers, research has shown that plenty of wine drinkers make their purchases based on the label of the bottle, not its contents. But while many of those who take their wine seriously may decry ignorant consumers who choose a chardonnay with a cute dancing kangaroo over a pristine French vintage with no graphic-design chops, the managers of the Lark Creek restaurant group (a Bay Area restaurant company whose SF spots include One Market, Cupola Pizzeria, and LarkCreekSteak) were confident that they could find wines with cool labels that also tasted great.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

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.

Chris Cleave (Gold)

Wednesday, July 18, 12 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Wednesday, July 18, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Opera Plaza (601 Van Ness Ave.)

Just in time for the Olympics, the newest novel from Cleave (Little Bee) focuses on Kate and Zoe, friends and track cyclists who, after training together for 15 years, compete in their final race at a fictionalized version of the 2012 London games. Though Kate is the more naturally gifted cyclist, a recurrence of her eight-year-old daughter's leukemia threatens to undermine her years of training and sacrifice. With cutthroat Zoe willing to do anything to win, Kate has to decide how far she'll go to take home the gold medal. 

A Tasting of Russian River Single-Vineyard Wines

Sample Single-Vineyard Pinot, Chardonnay, and More at Fort Mason

While even the snobbiest wine connoisseur won't turn down a good blend, single-origin wines, grown in just one vineyard and bottled without blending, are typically among a winery's most desirable (and most expensive) offerings.

This Thursday, the Uncorked Events team is offering a unique opportunity to taste only single-vineyard wines, all of which will be sourced from the Russian River Valley.

SF Chefs Dinner Party Project #5: Modern American Picnic

7x7 is proud to sponsor SF Chefs, the annual, hotly-anticipated food/wine/spirits bonanza that is the quintessential San Francisco culinary experience. The event occurs July 30th through August 5th, and offers guests exclusive access to the city's most innovative and lauded industry professionals and personalities.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Bastille Day at RN74: In a town that adores all things Gallic, the French national holiday gets a lot of love, with events all over town (we're listing three of our favorites below). RN74 is celebrating Bastille Day with a party featuring acrobats, contortionists, and an accordion player, as well as a menu of $1 cocktails, oysters, French pastries, and truffle popcorn. Come dressed in your best Parisian ensemble to get a free drink ticket for a special Bastille Day cocktail, and you'll also be entered to win dinner for two at RN74 or a bottle of wine. (Friday, July 13, 3-10 pm, at RN74, 301 Mission St., SOMA.)

Tradition: Nine Bars in One, in the Tenderloin

This has been a busy year for the team behind Bourbon & BranchSwigRickhouse, and Cask, otherwise known as Future Bars.

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