1. 7x7's Nightlife Guide Launch at The Brixton: Come join the 7x7 crew to celebrate the launch of our new Nightlife Guide at the Brixton (left). We'll have free copies on hand for everyone to peruse, and plenty of $3 Stella Artois and $5 Four Roses bourbon cocktails to wet your whistle. Feel like dancing? DJ CAMS will be spinning all evening long. (Thursday, March 8, 8-10 pm, at The Brixton, 2140 Union St., Cow Hollow.)
1. Lot 7 Opens in the Mission: The new Valencia St. seafood spot Lot 7 is filling a maritime niche in the neighborhood, starting with a happy hour that features $1 oysters, $4 glasses of wine, and $3 beers (with Belgian offerings from Hopf Dunkelweisse to Duvel). Once happy hour comes to a close, stick around for some grilled ahi tuna or dungeness crab mac and cheese from the regular menu. (Happy hour: Tuesday-Friday, 4-6 pm, at Lot 7, 974 Valencia St., Mission.)
1. Yelp Drinks Week: Just when your liver thought the Beer Week coast was clear, Yelp has launched another salvo with their annual week of 50% off cocktails, starring the "greatest hits" of some of SF's best bars. With 30 watering holes participating, choices abound, but a few of the drinks that caught our eye include the $5 Mikael's Moondance at 15 Romolo (white whiskey, apple-honey shrub, angostura bitters); the $5 Wry Rajah at Dosa on Fillmore (rye, vermouth, cherry liqueur, mango, chili); the $6.50 sage Sazerac at Fifth Floor; and $2.50 pints of Fat Tire at Hobson's Choice. The full list has even more great options. (Monday, February 27 - Sunday, March 4, various bars.)
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.)
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Maxine Hong Kingston (I Love a Broad Margin to My Life)
Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 pm, at SOMArts Cultural Center (934 Brannan St.)
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.
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.)
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