Omakase Cocktails, Brazilian Booze, and Zodiac Vodka
Enjoy a Black Sand Beach cocktail at Rose Pistola for $10. (Rose Pistola)

Omakase Cocktails, Brazilian Booze, and Zodiac Vodka


Drinking rum before 10 a.m. makes you a pirate, not an alcoholic. –Earl Dibbles Jr.

The Spice Is Right Cocktail Class

Anchor Distilling and Company and Rittenhouse Rye are hosting a whiskey-centric cocktail class at DOSA on Fillmore this Saturday, July 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Spice Is Right cocktail class will include hands-on instruction from DOSA's lead bartender, Anchor's head distiller, and Rittenhouse Rye's West Coast ambassador. It also includes the making and tasting of various whiskey cocktails, as well as an assortment of South Indian small plates. Tickets are available online for $65 per person. // 1700 Fillmore St. (Japantown),

Omakase Cocktail Experience

Sushi connoisseurs already know that "omakase" means "I'll leave it up to you." This month, Roka Akor is taking omakase a step further. Starting Thursday, July 7th at 7:30 p.m. the three-year-old restaurant is launching a limited-seating "cocktail omakase" in the downstairs lounge. The 90-minute experience begins with a bartender explaining the tradition of omakase as well as the theme of the evening. Each $55 session features five to seven alcoholic drinks served in specialty glassware, with some cocktails tailored specifically to guest preferences. Make reservations online in advance, as only five reservations are accepted per night. Reservation are available Thursday through Saturday, throughout the month of July. // 801 Montgomery (North Beach),

Sunday Supper with Half-Price Wine

Take the evening off this Sunday, and let a Michelin-star chef do the cooking. Along with a three-course menu that changes every week, guests of Luce's Sunday Supper ($55/person) can choose from a special menu of sommelier-selected half-price bottles of wine to pair with the meal. Expect courses such as marinated heirloom tomatoes with lemon cucumber and toasted pistachio, slow-cooked chicken breast with sweet corn and summer squash, and dark chocolate tart with chamomile cream. Sunday Supper is available every Sunday in July and August, starting at 5:30 p.m. Call 415-616-6566 to make reservations. // 888 Howard Street (SoMa),

Party Like a Brazilian

No time for a trip to South America this summer? Get a taste of Brazil this weekend at the Jewish Community Center. On Saturday, Brazilian Carnaval dance and percussion company Fogo Na Roupa will bring the Afro-Brazilian beats, and the Jewish Community Center will serve Caipirinha cocktails for adults and brigadeiros for all. The free party starts at 3 p.m., and everyone is welcome. // 3200 California St. (Presidio Heights),

Zodiac Vodka Cocktail Specials at Rose Pistola

Sometimes a vodka cocktail is just what the doctor ordered. This month at Rose Pistola, vodka-deficient patrons can fill their "prescriptions" for $10 each. Choose from three different cocktails made with Zodiac Vodka: a cucumber basil gimlet, a cherry vodka Martinez, and a Black Sand Beach. Zodiac Vodka is made from Idaho russet potatoes and water from the Snake River Aquifer, distilled with a patented four column process, and filtered with hand-cut Canadian Bird Charcoal. Your physician would definitely approve. // 532 Columbus Ave. (North Beach),

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