5 Reasons to Drink: Pappy Hour, Mazel Tov Cocktails + Toys for Tots
Try a Manischewitz Negroni at the Hanukkah Pop-Up holiday bazaar. (Matthew Wyne)

5 Reasons to Drink: Pappy Hour, Mazel Tov Cocktails + Toys for Tots


It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friends, one's present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason. ~Latin proverb

Shakewell Hosts Happy Hour Fundraiser for Ghost Ship Fire Victims

Support victims of the tragic Ghost Ship fire in Oakland by popping into Shakewell on Wednesday for a Love Conquers All cocktail, or anything else you care to drink. One hundred percent of proceeds from happy hour (4-6pm) will be donated to the Ghost Ship fire relief fund. // 3407 Lakeshore Avenue (Oakland), shakewelloakland.com

Thirsty Thursday Toys for Tots Drive at Sea Star

Spread even more holiday generosity at Sea Star on Thursday with a Toys for Tots drive, from 6pm to 9pm. The Thirsty Thursday event features eggnog, Sherries Jubilee, Fireside Punch, and vodka martinis made with Black Cow Vodka, the world's only 100% pure milk vodka. Show up with a new toy for the toy drive and get $2 off any draft beer, wine, or cocktail. // 2289 3rd St. (Dogpatch), seastar-sf.com

Mazel Tov Cocktails at the Hanukkah Pop-Up Shop

Whether or not your holiday shopping list includes Hanukkah gifts, you'll want to visit the Reboot Shop Hanukkah pop-up at Partners in Crime, a creative syndicate and retail gallery. The holiday bazaar offers Jewish-themed gifts, collectibles, activities, and performances every day from December 15-18. Thursday's opening night party (6pm to 10pm) features dreidel gambling and a pair of Mazel Tov cocktails: the Manischewitz Negroni and The Slivovitz Sour. // 1749 Union St. (Marina), bit.ly/hanukkahpopup

Drink Beer and Make Stuff at Anchor Brewing

Make your own hand-crafted gifts (or buy them) this Thursday at Anchor Brewing and Workshop SF's Handmade & Handpours event, from 6pm to 9pm. Eighteen vendors will be showcasing the best of local handmade goods, arts, and food, ranging from McVickers Pickles to poster art by Alan Forbes. Drink as much beer as you want, take a tour of the brewery, and create your own low-cost wood crafts, plant projects, and leather work at the live DIY stations. Tickets are available online for $24. // 1705 Mariposa St. (Potrero Hill), anchorbrewing.com; workshopsf.org

Tell Pappy What You Want for Christmas

If you're traveling to San Jose for the holidays, you won't want to miss LB Steak's daily "Pappy Hour," running December 20 through 24. The Santana Row restaurant has one bottle of 15-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon, and four lucky guests each night will have the chance to purchase a one-ounce taste of it for $30 at 5:30pm. If you want to get on the list, stop by the restaurant earlier in the day and ask for Mrs. Claus. f you're not one of the chosen few, you can still enter the "Tell Pappy What You Want for Christmas" drawing for a chance to win Chef's Dinner prizes, which make great gifts for the in-laws. // 334 Santana Row (San Jose), lbsteak.com

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