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Local Beer and Bands Join Forces at The Bay Brewed Festival

When it comes to microbrew and music, SF has long been a pacesetter for the rest of the nation. Plenty of brewers head to clubs in their off-hours, and everyone knows musicians can't resist a pint (or five), but the two industries haven't joined forces much-- until now. Popular music blog The Bay Bridged is bringing together four local bands and nine NorCal breweries for an all-day extravaganza at the Verdi Club this Saturday, with unlimited sampling and unlimited rocking out.

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. 25% Off at Twenty-Five Lusk: Considering that it draws more celebrity sightings than practically any other restaurant in the city, it's not a surprise that Twenty-Five Lusk isn't really into the whole discounting thing. But they're getting into the spirit on Black Friday, offering a 25% markdown on their entire bar menu-- both food and cocktails. It's still not cheap ($5.25 for a soft pretzel, $8.25 for a grapefruit gimlet), but if Clive Owen and Gerard Butler can swing it, you probably can too. (Friday, November 23, 5-7 pm, at Twenty-Five Lusk, 25 Lusk St., SOMA.)

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.

Brad Thomas Parsons (Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All)

Tuesday, November 29, 6-7 pm, at Omnivore Books on Food (3885a Cesar Chavez St.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Herb Caen Martini Competition: In honor of the famed Chronicle writer and gadabout, Bottle Cap (the new restaurant in the historic Washington Square Bar & Grill space, Caen's old stomping ground) is hosting a martini competition with Chopin vodka. Four North Beach bartenders, representing Park Tavern, Tony Nik's, Campanula, and Bottle Cap itself, will compete to serve the top martini, with the public serving as the judge. Admission to the martini madness is only $5 ($10 at the door), including small bites, and all proceeds benefit Project Open Hand. Be sure to wear your coolest old-school togs for extra style points. Tickets are available here. (Tuesday, November 22, 5:30-7 pm, at Bottle Cap, 1707 Powell St., North Beach.) 

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.

John Jeremiah Sullivan (Pulphead)

Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Kopstootje Night at Jasper's: Next Monday is the perfect time to head to Jasper's for a headbutt-- and no, we promise we're not sending you to some kind of foodie Fight Club. A Dutch kopstootje (that would be "little headbutt"), known in our parts as "a shot and a beer," consists of a shot of genever (they'll be offering Bols), drunk from a tulip glass while bent at the waist and chased with a cold glass of pilsner (this time around, Trumer). Total cost for this grown-up Happy Meal? $2. We knew you'd come around. (Monday, November 14, 9 pm-12 am, at Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen, 401 Taylor St., Union Square.)

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 Van Allsburg (The Chronicles of Harris Burdick)

Sunday, November 13, 1 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Drink Me Grand Tasting: The Drink Me magazine version of a Mad Hatter's tea party features a lot less tea, a lot more booze, and approximately the same amount of funny hats. For just $20 ($30 at the door), attendees will get a full-sized cocktail and tastings of a wide range of libations, from Knob Creek and Laphroaig to Ninkasi and Blue Moon brews to wines from 53B and Michael David. A DJ will spin, and food will be available for purchase; all you have to do is remember to wear your craziest chapeau. Tickets are available here. (Friday, November 4, 5:30-9:30 pm, at 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., SOMA.)

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.

Alan Kaufman (Drunken Angel)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 7:30 pm, at The Booksmith (1644 Haight St.)

Lowering the Bar: 5 Places to Drink For Cheap (or Free) This Week

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.

1. Flavorpill SF Happy Hour: Amstel Light is teaming up with Flavorpill SF to offer an evening of gratis suds and dancing with DJ Ron Elder at the Elbo Room. The event will also benefit Root Division, which subsidizes artists' studios in exchange for teaching art to children and adults. RSVP here to get in, and be sure to get there early; they've made it very clear that an RSVP doesn't necessarily guarantee admission, and to paraphrase the ads, free beer can be a pretty Dam big draw. (Thursday, October 27, 6-8 pm, at Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., Mission.)

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