Drink Here Now: Fat Cats, Burlesque Brunch, and Beer-Inspired Cocktails

Drink Here Now: Fat Cats, Burlesque Brunch, and Beer-Inspired Cocktails


Hand me the booze and watch me get fabulous.

Collaborative Italian Craft Beer Dinner

Oakland neighbors A16 Rockridge and Trappist Provisions are teaming up to host an Italian Craft Beer Dinner this Thursday. Chef Rocky Masselli of A16 has crafted an al la carte tasting menu to complement several of Trappist's most sought-after brews. Think oysters, horseradish, shallots, and vinegar paired with Borgo 'Perle e Porci' Oyster Stout or blood sausage and smoked pork belly paired with Ducato 'Beersel Mattina,' a bottle-aged Saison/Lambic. Make reservations online. // 5356 College Ave. (Oakland); a16rockridge.com

Super Bowl-Inspired Cocktails

Super Bowl traffic and road closures got you down? Bluestem Brasserie wants to lift your spirits with a couple of cocktails inspired by the teams playing in Super Bowl 50. Representing the Carolina Panthers, the Rye Tar Heel features Rittenhouse Rye, sherry, Sweet Vermouth, saffron-infused simple syrup and Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate, shaken and served in a martini glass and garnished with a flamed orange peel. Denver Broncos are represented by Pike's Gold, made with cranberry-infused gin, Pedro Ximinez sherry, and fresh orange juice, shaken and served martini-style, with a sprig of rosemary. // 1 Yerba Buena Lane (SoMa); bluestembrasserie.com

Fat Cat Thursdays at the Dorian

Looking for live jazz with no cover charge? The Dorian's got you covered, every Thursday. Stop in for happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30pm for $1 oysters and half-off bottles of rosé and champagne, then stick around for the live jazz music from 7 to 9pm. This upscale Marina dining destination also features a mix of classic, contemporary, and original cocktails including hand-crafted martinis, an extensive array of whiskeys, and locally-sourced craft beers. The dinner menu features classic dishes designed to share, such as hand-cut steak tartare, free-range roast chicken, aristocrat's ribeye, and a market shellfish tower. // 2001 Chestnut St (Marina); doriansf.com

Beer-Inspired Cocktails from Belga

It's still Beer Week in the Bay Area, and Belga is serving five beer-inspired cocktails to make sure you don't forget. Crafted by Nora Furst, in collaboration with Belga's certified Cicerone, Ryan Murphy, these cocktails are fun, flavorful, and full-strength. I Only Have Pine for You is made in the style of a Pacific Northwest IPA, while Duck, Duck, Gose mimics the style of Geuze. Beware: the Jagged Little Pils is much more addictive than the Belgian Pilsner it imitates. // 2000 Union St (Cow Hollow); belgasf.com

Burlesque Brunch at PianoFight

It's hard to believe it took this long for someone to combine burlesque and brunch, but Red Hots Burlesque has finally made it happen. This Sunday at PianoFight, San Francisco's longest-running burlesque show takes up residence for a weekly Sunday brunch featuring bottomless (and topless) mimosas served alongside an obscenely delicious menu of comfort food. Dine on the PianoFight Benedict or apple French toast while watching a unique line-up of drag, comedy, striptease, sideshow, and circus folks of every gender, size, race, performance style, and nationality. Doors open at 11am, and you must arrive by noon to be seated. Brunch tickets are $45 - $50, and show-only tickets range from $15 - $50. Tickets available online. // 144 Taylor St (Tenderloin); pianofight.com

Send drinking suggestions to renee@grassrootspr.com.

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