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Our Top Picks for SF Cocktail Week

The world's first cocktail week is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, and as always, there are plenty of educational events, bar crawls, parties, after-parties, and other boozy fun to be had. Since our livers aren't made of titanium, we took it upon ourselves to condense the many awesome options down to six favorites. But if you happen to boast some sort of Six Million Dollar Man-type level of alcohol tolerance, let us direct your attention towards the SFCW Gold Pass, which will get you into almost every event, all week long, for just $700. Be sure to keep some Alka-Seltzer handy.

15 Romolo and Stag Dining Group Dinner

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.

The True Stories Lounge

Friday, September 9th, 7 pm, at the Make-Out Room (3225 22nd St.)

This new monthly reading by nonfiction authors at the Make-Out Room is a spiritual companion to the more fiction-oriented Writers with Drinks, and its organizers have been able to secure a lineup to rival WWD's for their initial outing. Readers include essayist Joyce Maynard (To Die For), novelist Alicia Erian (Towelhead), historian Adam Hochschild (King Leopold's Ghost), and Salon co-founder Gary Kamiya (Cool, Grey City of Love). Admission is $10 at the door, and as always, drinks will be available.

Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee)

Friday, September 9th, 7:30 pm, at the SF Zen Center (300 Page St.)

Paul Madonna's weekly cartoon All Over Coffee appears in the Chronicle and on the Rumpus, has been spun off into two books, and boasts near-iconic status among the artsy set in SF. Combining drawings of beautiful spots around the city (and occasionally around other cities) with philosophical musings, Madonna's art often feels like the work of chance, but hides a meticulous backbone. At this Zen Center lecture, he'll discuss his creative process and show examples of his work.

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. Giftly Launch Party: Giftly is a new startup that aims to change the way people give and receive gift cards, and they're celebrating by giving the greatest gift of all: free cocktails. Sip on a "new-fashioned" or white wine spritzer, grab a carnitas taco from the El Tonayense truck, and you'll be feeling generous in no time-- which is why they're also offering 7x7 readers $5 off their first purchase at this link. This party is RSVP-only, so go here to sign up. (Thursday, September 8th, 8-10 pm, at Mr. Smith's, 34 7th St., SOMA.)

2. Chinatown Bar Crawl: Chinatown isn't all stir-fry slingers and produce markets; it also conceals a vast, relatively untapped network of good old-fashioned booze. You can finally explore this uncharted territory on this Saturday's Chinatown Bar Crawl; the $10 admission gets you access to such delights as $1 Jello shots, $4 well cocktails, and a $5 giant shot of tequila that includes a free shot glass. Once the crawl is over, they'll take everyone dancing. For more details on the specials, or to buy a ticket, go here. (Saturday, September 10th, 2-6 pm, at Mr. Bing's, 201 Columbus Ave., Chinatown.)

There Will Be Bloodys: New Takes on a Cocktail Classic

San Francisco is a brunch-lover's paradise (with the long lines to prove it), so it's no surprise that many of us enjoy kicking off a Sunday-morning repast with the tomatoey hangover helper known as the Bloody Mary. There are plenty of classic spots to snag one of these tasty treats in the city, from Zeitgeist to Zuni Cafe. (The Bold Italic even created a full rundown of the city's most beloved bloodies, along with diagrams of what's in 'em.) But given SF's concentration of mixology masters, the Bloody Mary recipe has remained somewhat sacrosanct: tomato juice, lemon, Worcestershire, horseradish. Experimentation? We'll save it for dinnertime, thanks.

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. Happy Hour at Bluestem Brasserie: Bluestem, the new spot on Yerba Buena Lane, is offering a new happy-hour option for Union Square and FiDi-area office folks. Every weekday, they're offering $3 bottled and draft beers, $5 well drinks, $5 glasses of One Hope wine, and a special $7 cocktail, the Bluestem Smash. Drinking here also supports good causes: $1 of every Bluestem Smash sold goes to UCSF cancer research, and 50% of One Hope's profits are donated to autism and breast-cancer research. (Monday-Friday, 4-6:30 pm, at Bluestem Brasserie, 1 Yerba Buena Lane, 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.

David Lebovitz (The Sweet Life in Paris)

Tuesday, August 30th, 6-7 pm, at Omnivore Books on Food (3885a Cesar Chavez St.)

Lowering the Bar: 7 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. 7x7's Nightlife Guide Launch Party:  Come celebrate the launch of 7x7's Nightlife Guide at Osha Thai Restaurant & Lounge with $5 Pisco Porton cocktails and $4 Sapporos at 7:30 next Wednesday. (Wednesday, August 31, 7:30 pm at Osha Thai, 4 Embarcadero Ctr, FiDi)

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.

826 Valencia Write-a-Thon

Friday, August 26th, 12-8:26 pm, at 826 Valencia (826 Valencia 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.

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.

Barry Estabrook (Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit)

Tuesday, August 16th, 6-7 pm, at Omnivore Books (3885a Cesar Chavez St.)

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