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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. Get Frenched: Pride Happier Hour: No plans tonight? Kick off your Pride weekend in style at 7x7's own pre-party extravaganza, held at the heat-wave-friendly Lookout. We'll have $5 Distillery No. 209 gin cocktails and $2.50 Bud Light for quaffing, and the soul stylings of Hard French to get you dancing. The Lookout will also be offering bites from their new lounge menu. (Wednesday, June 22nd, 6-8:30 pm, at the Lookout, 3600 16th St., Castro.)

Chrome Couture: Design Your Own Hand-Sewn Messenger Bag

The messenger bag may have been invented for busy professional cyclists, but its reach has expanded far beyond the bicycle courier. Messengers can now be seen adorning the shoulders of a wide swath of San Franciscans, from busy commuters transporting their laptops to art-school students lugging supplies. How does a devoted messenger-bag user stand out in a sea of similarity?

SF-based Chrome is offering a unique solution: Go custom. While most of the company's bags are manufactured at its main factory in Chico, the SOMA flagship store is offering an enticing new opportunity: Hand-sewn bags, pieced together in the colors of your choice by a full-time professional working right in Chrome's front window.

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. Marriage Equality Wine Tasting at Orson: The right wing may have stopped you from attending any gay weddings in California, but that doesn't mean that you can't drink like you're at one. Tonight's wine tasting at Orson celebrates vintages from countries that support gay marriage, including Argentina, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain, with selections by Skrewcap founder Pamela S. Busch. The cost to taste 40+ wines? An ultra-reasonable $15 ($20 at the door), and Orson chef Elizabeth Falkner will provide free bites as well. Tickets are here. (Wednesday, June 15th, 6-8 pm, at Orson, 508 4th St., SOMA.)

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. Wire at Public Works: A combination of fashion show, hair-modeling event, and rock concert, Wire will feature dresses constructed of recycled telephone wire, coordinating hair and makeup by Elevation Salon, a performance by the Australian band The Black Ryder, and of course, cheap booze. Tickets are $10 in advance, but the drink specials are cheap: $3 Staropramen beer and $5 Karlsson's Vodka cocktails. 7x7 is one of this party's sponsors, so come out and support us! Tickets are here. (Sunday, June 12, 7 pm-2 am, at Public Works SF, 161 Erie St., Mission.)

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. Burritt Room First Anniversary: The Burritt Room, a former speakeasy and current craft cocktail purveyor located inside the Crescent Hotel, is turning one year old this week. Celebrate by joining them for a full-scale party, complete with live music and birthday cake. They'll also be distributing free Bols Genever punch from 7-9 pm, so no there's no need to spike the bowl. (Saturday, June 4, 7 pm-12 am, at the Burritt Room, Crescent Hotel, 417 Stockton St., Union Square.)

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. Anchor Brewery Tour with SFMade: Touring the Anchor brewery (with free samples!) is a lot of fun, but if you've ever tried to pop by, reality sets in-- the tours require a reservation and book up months in advance. There's a chance to beat the line this week, though: Anchor will be offering a tour as part of the SFMade event, which celebrates local artisan manufacturers. Space is limited, and you'll have to get a Friday morning off, but it's one hell of a way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend. RSVP here. (Friday, May 27th, 10-11 am, at Anchor Brewing Co., 1705 Mariposa St., Potrero Hill.)

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.)

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