5 Reasons to Drink: Tiki Takeover, Grappa Tasting + Punch-to-Go at Novela
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5 Reasons to Drink: Tiki Takeover, Grappa Tasting + Punch-to-Go at Novela


There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren't as good as others. ~ Raymond Chandler

Tiki Takeover at Bergerac

Break out your formal tiki attire for Bergerac's third anniversary luau this Thursday, featuring $3 drink specials, $33 punch bowls, and DJ-induced dancing. Drop by between 6pm and 10pm for $3 Fernet, Old Forester and Red Stripe. Punch options include the Singani Sidekick (featuring Singani 63 and lavender) and the Red Dahlia (made with tequila, cranberry shrub, and agave). Pair your punch with Banh mi sliders or Korean barbecue tacos, and satisfy your sweet tooth with boozy ice cream treats. No cover charge. // 316 11th St. (SoMa), bergeracsf.com

Gospel Choir Joins Jewish Harvest Festival

Celebrate Sukkot this Saturday with a gospel choir, etrog cocktails and sukkah tours at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. For the gentiles among us, Sukkot is a harvest festival, etrog is a lemon-like fruit also known as citron, and sukkah means "booth" or "impermanent structure." Starting at 3pm, participants can join JCC's garden specialist for tours of sukkahs erected on-site, sip on citrus cocktails, make their own stuffed grape leaves, and entertain the kids with story time and playground activities. Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will perform at 4:30. Free and open to the public. // 3200 California St. (Presidio Heights), jccsf.org

Get Your Grappa On

This Thursday at 7pm, Bar 888 at the InterContinental San Francisco will host SIBONA distillery owner Luigi Barbero for an informal tasting of five different grappas from his extensive collection. Selections include La Grappa di Barbera, Grappa Riserva Botti da Tennessee Whiskey, and Grappa XO, served alongside charcuterie and a sampling of cheese. Tickets are available online for $35/person. // 888 Howard St., lobby level (SoMa), grappabar888.com

Punch on Tap, Punch-to-Go at Novela

Known for their craft cocktails and a whimsical design, SoMa literary bar Novela is sitting on a potential best-seller: house-made punch on tap. Drink it in house, or get it to-go for $20 a bottle. Novela's Punch to Go is a freshly bottled mix of fruit, spices and acid that you can combine with water, ice, and your favorite spirit to make 12 glasses. Bring it to a party, give it as a gift, or serve it at your next holiday feast. Each bottle comes with instructions and spirit suggestions. Order 48 hours in advance by calling (415) 896-6500 or emailing punch@novelasf.com, then pick up your punch after 4pm. // 662 Mission St. (SoMa), novelasf.com

Basque Hotel Dinner with Wine Pairings

Bask in Basque hospitality this Thursday at Piperade's Basque hotel dinner with wine pairings, starting at 6:45pm. According to chef-proprieter Gerald Hirigoyen, who will oversee the evening, "Basque hotels have long been social centers that helped locals and boarders preserve their culture when in a foreign country. A meal of familiar dishes and a good bottle of wine was another way to stay connected." The $125 ticket includes a four-course, Burgundy-focused dinner paired with wines from Domaine Vincent Girardin. Make reservations by calling (415) 391-2555 or emailing events@piperade.com. // 1015 Battery St. (Embarcadero), piperade.com

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