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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. Beast and the Hare Happy Hour: In keeping with its focus on whole-animal cookery and sustainably-raised meats, Beast and the Hare offers a unique take on happy hour: each week, they buy a whole animal, cook it up in a variety of ways, and serve the results at a reasonable price ($3-5). This week's animal is a Martin Emigh lamb, and you can wash it down with a $4 draft, $3 can of beer, or a $5 glass or $15 bottle of wine. They always offer pickles (regular and fried) and Cholula-spiced wings, too. (Wednesday-Friday, 6-7:30 pm, at Beast and the Hare, 1001 Guerrero St., Mission.)

Free He'Brew Beer Tastings at 'Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah' Readings This Week

From latkes and hamentaschen to bagels and gefilte fish, Jewish food has become an iconic part of American culture. Jewish booze, on the other hand, has mostly been relegated to punchlines about syrupy Manischewitz. Jeremy Cowan has helped to change all that. His Shmaltz Brewing Company, founded in SF in 1996, started with only 100 cases of hand-labeled He'Brew Beer. Fifteen years later, Shmaltz sells over 100,000 cases of its kosher craft beers per year, and has supplemented He'Brew with a second line of beers, Coney Island Craft Lagers.

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. James Brown Dance Party: There's never a bad time to get down to the stylings of the Godfather of Soul, and the best time is probably after a few drinks. In an act of beneficence, Noble SF is throwing a pre-party for funk-jazz trio Soulive's performance at the Fillmore, complete with a DJ spinning James Brown tunes and a hosted bar. All you have to do is sign up for the guest list. There aren't +1s for this event, so be sure to have your friends sign up too. (Thursday, May 12, 8 pm-12 am, at Noble SF, 600 Polk St., Tenderloin.)

Lowering the Bar: Cinco de Mayo Edition

Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF. This week, we devote the entire column to Thursday's Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

1. Andalu: The Mission tapas palace will be offering deals on both food and drinks for the holiday, with your choice of the house margarita or a Midori margarita for $5. Midori ambassadors will also be pouring free shots of Midori Super Sour from 6:30 to 8:30. If the booze is making you peckish, $10 buys four of the restaurant's famed ahi-tuna tacos. (5:30-10 pm, at Andalu, 3198 16th St., Mission.)

Author Sloane Crosley Talks Trash, TV, and Tartine

Sloane Crosley may hail from New York, but any young urbanite can empathize with her exploits. Whether she's embarking on a disastrous trip to Portugal in an attempt to be more spontaneous, trying to find the perfect apartment, or riding in a really smelly cab, Crosley projects an air of good-natured haplessness that appeals to the klutz inside all of us. Her first book of essays, I Was Told There'd Be Cake, was a New York Times bestseller and was optioned by HBO; the sequel, How Did You Get This Number, has just been released in paperback.

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. Free Mimosa at La Mediterranee: To promote their weekend offerings, the Noe Valley branch La Mediterranee is giving away a free mimosa with any brunch entree purchase (up to two per table). Sign up for the coupon at Daily Dishout, and embrace the healing powers of brunch. (Saturdays and Sundays through May 30, 11 am-3 pm, at La Mediterranee, 288 Noe St., Noe Valley.)

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. Trumer Earth Day Celebration: Want to make a difference this Earth Day? Head out to the Trumer brewery to participate in a neighborhood clean-up, and you'll be rewarded with free beer, a VIP tour of the facilities, a T-shirt, and snacks from Seoul on Wheels. Volunteering: it's the gift that keeps on giving. Check out their Facebook event page for more details. (Saturday, April 23rd, clean-up 12-2 pm, party 2-5 pm, at Trumer Brauerei, 1404 4th St., Berkeley.)

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. Divisadero Art Walk: The galleries and shops of Divis are presenting new work from local artists on Thursday night, and since they know you'll get thirsty, local bars and restaurants are offering cheap drinks along the way. Grab $3 pints and tacos at the Little Chihuahua (5-11 pm), enjoy an extended happy hour at Candybar (6-10 pm), or sip $2 sangria at BlueJay Cafe (5:30-10 pm). Tsunami and Madrone Art Bar will also have drink specials, and happy hour at the Page will go until 10. (Thursday, April 14, 5-11 pm, Divisadero St. between Haight and Turk.)

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. DonQ Rum Cocktail Competition: The U.S. Bartender's Guild is hosting a cocktail competition at the Burritt Room, with Puerto Rican rum DonQ as the featured spirit. Attendees can sample rum cocktails made by eight competitors from the city's best bars, nosh on Sol's Puerto Rican food, and enjoy live salsa music by Hot Pocket. Admission is free if you RSVP here. (Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm, at the Burritt Room, 417 Stockton St., Union Square.)

2. HowAboutWe at Smuggler's Cove: The dating site HowAboutWe is hoping to make a few matches over a free scorpion bowl at Smuggler's Cove. Their event, designed for singles, encourages you to match up with someone; bartenders will only dispense a scorpion bowl if you order with a buddy, and there's a limit, meaning you should find Mr. or Ms. Right Now if you want a gratis drink. Space is limited; RSVP here. (Monday, April 11, 6:30-8:30 pm, at Smuggler's Cove, 650 Gough St., Hayes Valley.)

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. MoMo's Martini Hour: Our baseball champions start a new season this week, and their newly lofty status has been reflected in high ticket prices and sellout crowds. If you want to be part of the action, but can't get into the stadium, consider hitting up their bar's Martini Hour, which offers $4 classic or creative martinis and draft beer, plus $4 bar bites. (Monday-Friday, 4-7 pm, at MoMo's, 760 2nd St., SOMA.)

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