Drink Here Now: Game Day Specials, New Cocktails and Jazz + Poetry


From game day specials in SoMa to usher in the 2015 baseball season to Cockscomb's double happy hour, here's where you should throw back a few this week. 

Top of the Mark Celebrates Jazz and Poetry in April
April is national Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, and Top of the Mark is celebrating by teaming up with the Beat Museum to continue the weekly Poetry & Jazz series through April 28. Every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, guests will be serenaded with music and spoken word from legendary poets and local jazz musicians. On April 7, Michelle Tea presents RADAR: An Evening of Edgy Literary Performance from San Francisco's Underground. A pair of custom-created $13 cocktails will accompany each performance. The Beatini mixes George Dickel 9-year sour mash whiskey with lime and sweet and sour. The Lost for Words Martini is made with Grey Goose, cranberry, cherry and orange juice. There is no cover charge and no reservations required for the Poetry and Jazz series; seating is available on a first come first-served basis. One Nob Hill, in the InterContinental Mark Hopkins

Cockscomb Debuts Double Happy Hour
One happy hour simply isn't enough for Cockscomb in SoMa, so this week they're launching two: one from 5 to 6 pm and another from 10 to 11 pm, every Monday through Thursday.  Stop by for $1 oysters from Cockscomb's signature raw bar, as well as $5 draft beverages, including beer, wine and Negronis. All are best enjoyed from the hanging mezzanine, and if that's full, the first floor bar is another perfectly viable option. 564 Fourth Street

Game Day Specials at Twenty Five Lusk
Looking for a luxurious place to drink to the Giants? Twenty Five Lusk just announced new Happy Hour specials that they're offering on Giants home evening game dates from 5 to 7 pm, beginning this week. In addition to complimentary pretzels with aged cheddar fondue at the bar, Happy Hour includes an $8 specialty cocktail, $6 well drinks, $4 beers and $5 wines by the glass. If it's dinner you're craving, try the $45 three-course prix fixe menu with a one-hour service guarantee. 25 Lusk Street

New Cocktail Menu at Perbacco
Been waiting for another good reason to visit Perbacco? Bartenders Zachary Gray and Jenny Thoumvong have teamed up to give you half a dozen, in the form of six new $11 cocktails. The Bianco, Bianco, Bianco! features Jacopo Poli Sarpa Grappa, High West Western Oat Silver Whiskey, Carpano Bianco and Clear Creek Pear Brandy, while the Hemmingway-ish! brings together Zaya Gran Reserva 12-year Rum and Smith Cross Rum, mixed with Cocchi Americano Luxardo Maraschino and grapefruit bitters. Other options include the tequila and blood orange-based La Bella Vita, the bourbon-based Mi Piace!, the gin-based London, and Amore in Coppa, made with Prosecco, Carpano Bianco, Il Tramonto Limoncello and blood orange. 230 California

New Happy Hour, Flat Screen TV at El Capitan
Now that El Capitan chef Mark Furr and owner John Whitehead have a few weeks under their belts in the newly-opened restaurant serving drink-friendly Latin and Caribbean-inspired fare, they're belting out a new Happy Hour, running from 5 to 7 pm every Tuesday through Saturday. Drink specials include $4 draft beers and specials on sangria and wine by the glass and carafe. For snacks, try the $1 oysters, $2 plantain chips and chicharron, $2 off coconut, mango and house ceviche, and three fry-bread tacos for $10, filled with pork cheek, oxtail, grilled rock cod, and nopales and mushrooms. Now that they've installed a flat-screen TV above the bar, it's a low-key spot to take in a few NCAA tournament games before everyone else discovers it. 1123 Folsom

Send drinking suggestions to renee@grassrootspr.com.


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