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Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. The Rock Bar Opens: Fans of the Front Porch should be excited to learn that they have a new place to wait for their table (or order takeout): the Porch's owners have purchased the former International Club across the street, transforming it into the Rock Bar. Drinks include classics like the Sazerac, Vieux Carre, and Corpse Reviver #2, alongside a few originals like the Basil Mudstone (bourbon, Pineau, basil, lemon, and white tea). While the name derives from the rock-covered exterior wall of the building, the theme extends to the indoors, as both owners originally come from mining families. Don't miss the gold, spray-painted former phone booth out front. (Daily, 5 pm-2 am; 80 29th St., Bernal Heights/La Lengua.)

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.

Maxine Hong Kingston (I Love a Broad Margin to My Life)

Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 pm, at SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St.)

Our 2012 SF Beer Week Preview

Our 2012 SF Beer Week Preview

Happy Beer Week! SF's craft beer community has had a big year, with the recent launch of Southern Pacific Brewing (the city's first new brewery in over a decade), and huge community support for up-and-coming suds superstars like Almanac, Local Brewing Co., and Pacific Brewing Laboratory. As usual, the SF Brewers' Guild and their counterparts around the Bay have put together a dizzying lineup of 300-plus events at over 140 venues that are sure to please the palates of both seasoned drinkers and beer neophytes. With ten days of wall-to-wall good drinking, it was hard to choose just a few events to highlight, but these six seemed particularly appealing.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. O3 Bistro & Lounge Launches Cocktail Menu: The Ozone Thai empire has added a third, more upscale restaurant to its lineup, appropriately named O3. The focus here is more Asian-fusion than Thai, with bar bites like braised oxtail tacos and a miso Caesar salad, and drinks like a wasabi Bloody Mary or the Far East Capirinha ($12), a mixture of rum, sake, lychee puree, chili, and lemongrass, topped with vanilla, lemon juice, and champagne. The upscale atmosphere makes it a nice stop before or after a show in the Civic Center area. (Monday-Wednesday, 11 am-11 pm, Thursday-Saturday, 11 am-2 am, 524 Van Ness Ave., Civic Center.)

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.

Love Hurts: A Litquake Event

Monday, February 13, 7 pm, at the Make-Out Room (3225 22nd St.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Southern Pacific Brewing Opens: The Mission has received its very first brewpub (and SF, its first new brewery in a decade) in the form of Southern Pacific Brewing, which is headed by Speakeasy alums Chris Lawrence and Andy French. To start, they'll have five beers on offer: a wit, a golden ale, a pale ale, an IPA, and a porter ($3-5 each). Chef Tyler Moorish (Osteria Coppa) is heading up the menu, with bar snacks like crab fritters and charcuterie and big plates like wild mushroom lasagna and a pork banh mi. (Sunday-Wednesday 11 am-12 am, Thursday-Saturday 11 am-2 am; 620 Treat Ave., Mission.)

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.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Quince Unveils New Lounge: If you can afford the indulgence, Quince has recently opened an ultra-luxe new lounge area, specializing in seafood and upscale bar bites. Royal Osetra caviar goes for $25 per 5-gram spoon, alongside oysters, a trio of crudos, a proscuitto platter, and other gourmet delights. Pair your snack with a glass of wine from their deep library, or a martini from the fully-stocked bar. (Monday-Saturday, 5:30-10 pm, at Quince, 470 Pacific Ave., Financial District.)

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.

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Comstock Saloon Launches Honky-Tonk Sundays: If you're in search of a dose of Southern comfort, the Barbary Coast vibe at Comstock is going redneck on Sunday nights, with old-school country LPs and hearty blue-plate fare. In addition to the regular menu, sous chef and chili champion Abe Sanchez will serve up his famed bowl of red, fried chicken, and BBQ. Best of all, the fun coincides with Comstock's regular happy hour, featuring $6 beer-and-shot combos like Anchor Steam and bourbon, $6 Derby cocktails, and two-for-one snacks. (Sundays, 4 pm-2 am; happy hour daily, 4-7 pm, at Comstock Saloon, 155 Columbus Ave., North Beach.)

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