Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week


1. Southern Pacific Brewing Opens: The Mission has received its very first brewpub (and SF, its first new brewery in a decade) in the form of Southern Pacific Brewing, which is headed by Speakeasy alums Chris Lawrence and Andy French. To start, they'll have five beers on offer: a wit, a golden ale, a pale ale, an IPA, and a porter ($3-5 each). Chef Tyler Moorish (Osteria Coppa) is heading up the menu, with bar snacks like crab fritters and charcuterie and big plates like wild mushroom lasagna and a pork banh mi. (Sunday-Wednesday 11 am-12 am, Thursday-Saturday 11 am-2 am; 620 Treat Ave., Mission.)

2. AQ Launches Its Cocktail Program: Up-and-coming fine-dining spot AQ (pictured above) has been garnering stellar reviews for its cuisine, and they're now getting their cocktail menu off the ground. With alumni of Bourbon & Branch, Alembic, and 15 Romolo behind the stick, the menu is full of interesting touches, from a seasonal Manhattan with pumpkin-seed-infused bourbon and cinnamon bitters to a tequila-lime-huckleberry cocktail topped with a torched bay leaf (all cocktails $10). Fans of bourbon and rye will also find much to love, with an extensive selection of both spirits. (Tuesday-Sunday, 5:30-11 pm and Sunday, 11 am-2 pm; 1085 Mission St., SOMA.)

3. Super Bowl Specials at Jasper's: Jasper's Corner Tap has been working hard to make itself a football destination, and they're offering up more specials to lure in any stragglers who haven't already committed to a Super Bowl party. For the big game, the bar will have two sours: rye for New York and gin for New England. They'll also have $6 wings and $4 pork sliders to fuel your cheering. (Sunday, February 5, 3:30 pm, at Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen, 401 Taylor St., Union Square.)

4. $5 Champagne For District's Fifth: Popular SOMA wine bar District is turning five years old this month, and they're offering a very special deal all February long to clientele new and old: a $5 glass of Nicholas Feuillatte Blue Label champagne, which typically goes for about $20 a glass. Don't get greedy, though: there's a limit of one glass per person per visit. (Through the end of February, at District, 216 Townsend St., SOMA.)

5. Half-Price Bottles at Cafe des Amis: If District's Champagne piques your interest in a bottle of expensive wine, continue on to Cafe des Amis on Tuesdays, where any bottle on their list is 50% off. They've got over 300 French wines in their cellar, alongside a sizable collection of California wines, meaning the perfect pairing for your French onion soup is definitely out there. (Tuesdays, 5-11 pm, at Cafe des Amis, 2000 Union St., Cow Hollow.)


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