Drink Here Now: Help Fire Victims, Celebrity Pool Toss & Rum Cocktails for Two


Show me how you drink and I will tell you who you are. ~Emile Peynaud

Dress Up, Drink Up for the Red Cross

There are so many things to love about Thursday night's combination fashion show, fundraiser, cocktail and dance party. For starters, it's held in the fancy new Bespoke Event Center on the 4th Floor of the Westfield Mall, in a somewhat hidden location that only locals know about. JAKE clothing company is hosting the party, which starts at 7pm and features food, drink, and the launch of their original fashion film and Fall/Winter clothing collection. Guests are encouraged to dress "fashionably formal and beyond," with red attire encouraged. Tickets are available online for $55 to $70. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross, which has provided support to more than 1900 victims of the Lake County Fires in the past two weeks. // 856 Market Street, 4th Floor, jake.clothing

Drink Beer, Help Fire Victims

Looking for an easy opportunity to help victims of the Butte Fire and Valley Fire? Stop by ThirstyBear Organic Brewery and order a Wet Hop Harvest Ale (or four). The downtown pub knows that even pint-size donations add up, so for every pint you purchase, ThirstyBear will contribute 50 cents to Lake County Local Assistance Center. // 661 Howard Street, thirstybear.com

Chef Manny Brings the Booze

Chef Manny Torres Gimenez is best known for his delicious Venezuelan fare, but the culinary genius behind Mr. Pollo and The Palace on Mission has some booze cred as well. His latest venture, Coco Frio, is his first restaurant to feature a full bar and liquor license, and the first to focus completely on his native cuisine. So it's no surprise he would bring in Santa Teresa Rum, the Caribbean's oldest rum producer, which has been in service for 200 years. Gimenez uses the rum to make his signature Coco Frio cocktail, served in a coconut built for two. You'll also taste it in the Hipster Colada, made with rum, creme de cacao, pineapple juice, coconut cream and mango fruit puree. // 2937 Mission Street, cocofriosf.com

Two Wine Dinners at The Barrel Room

The Barrel Room is hosting a pair of wine dinners this week, and we can't decide which one we like best. On Friday, October 2nd, they're hosting Winemaker Elodie Marion for a $100, five-course prix fixe menu paired with Marion-Bosser sparkling wines. On Monday, October 5th, the special guest is Louis-Antoine Luyt, a Burgundy-born winemaker creating independent, terroir-driven wines in Chile. The evening's five course, prix-fixe meal will set you back $85. Both dinners offer seating between 6pm and 9pm, and include a flight of wines by the glass to be served with the meal. Make reservations via Open Table or by calling (415) 956-6900. // 415 Sansome Street, barrelroomsf.com

Toss a Celebrity in the Pool

Once a year, you can pay for the privilege of tossing a San Francisco celebrity into a swimming pool. This year's opportunity is slated for next Wednesday, October 7th, at the 23rd Annual Celebrity Pool Toss, benefitting Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. Guests will bid on the volunteer celebrities they want to toss into the pool at the Phoenix Hotel, including the Executive Director of the Hotel Council of San Francisco and the Executive Vice President of PNC Bank. Tickets are available online for $125 each and include food and beverages, such as the "Airtini," the 2015 Celebrity Signature Cocktail named after the top 2014 Tossee, Brian Chesky, CEO of AirBnB. // 601 Eddy Street, tndc.org

Send drinking suggestions to renee@grassrootspr.com.


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