5 Reasons to Drink: Spanish Wine Dinner, Bowie + Elvis Birthday Bash, and a Gospel Brunch
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5 Reasons to Drink: Spanish Wine Dinner, Bowie + Elvis Birthday Bash, and a Gospel Brunch


Carrots may be good for your eyes, but alcohol will double your vision. —Earl Dibbles, Jr.

Gospel Brunch at 1300 on Fillmore

Worship the gods of brunch this Sunday, January 8th at 1300 on Fillmore. The restaurant's semi-regular Gospel Brunch, with seatings at 11am and 1pm, features a Southern-inspired menu with high-on-the-hog versions of low-country favorites such as cinnamon dusted beignets, BBQ shrimp n' creamy grits, and biscuits & gravy. Wet your whistle with a bottomless Bellini or a Cajun Bloody Mary and enjoy the live gospel music for only a $6 surcharge—just think of it as a tithe. // 1300 Fillmore St. (Fillmore), 1300fillmore.com

Spanish Wine Dinner at Telefèric Barcelona

How far would you travel to get a taste of Spain? On Monday, January 9th, Telefèric Barcelona in Walnut Creek will host a wine tasting dinner featuring five Ferrer Family Wines, paired with a six-course meal prepared by chefs Oscar Cabezas and Rodrigo Rubio. The Ferrer family has been making wine at their family ranch in the Penedés region of Spain for 18 generations, offering a broad selection of wine styles from across the Spanish countryside, each crafted in house by winemakers with deep roots in their respective region. Purchase tickets online for $71 each. // 1500 Mount Diablo Blvd. (Walnut Creek), telefericbarcelona.com

"How To" Nightlife Party at Academy of Sciences

Learn to tie survival knots and navigate by the stars this week at the How-To Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences. Starting at 6pm on Thursday, January 5th attendees can explore DIY demos and workshops to learn how to fashion a bow-tie, pick locks, master a few magic tricks, and even make bread and butter—all while sipping on seasonal cocktails from Cal Academy's resident mixologist, Shane McKnight. Tickets are available online for $12 (members) or $15 (non-members). // 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org/nightlife

East Brother's Brewmaster Wants to Chat

Richmond's newest taproom hasn't yet gone viral, which means now is the perfect time to belly up to the bar at East Brother Beer and chat with brewmaster Peter Landman, formerly of Deschutes Brewery and Fifty-Fifty Brewing. Owners Chris Coomber and Rob Lightner are also around and eager to meet their soon-to-be regulars before they get discovered by the masses. Open Wednesday through Sunday, the local watering hole brings in a food truck or two on weekends to supplement their easy-drinking, classic style beers. // 1001 Canal Blvd. (Richmond), eastbrotherbeer.com

Bowie + Elvis Birthday Bash

We don't know what kind of drinks Edinburgh Castle is serving this Saturday night at the 7th Annual Bowie & Elvis Birthday Bash, and quite frankly, we don't care. We just want to celebrate the fact that these two music legends share a birthday as well as a music label. Guests can expect multiple DJs and a surprise live performance for the $5 cover charge, and prizes will be awarded for best dressed male and female. Jumpsuits and spacesuits are equally encouraged, as are blue suede shoes and red shoes that dance the blues. There will also be some drink specials during the evening, along with birthday cake. The party starts at 9pm. // 950 Geary St. (Tenderloin), thecastlesf.com

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