Drink Here Now: Tequila, Pisco, and Burlesque

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"Here's to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life." - F. Scott Fitzgerald


Celebrate National Tequila Day at Copita

Tequila legend Don Pilar is making a guest appearance behind the bar at Copita Tequileria y Comida in Sausalito this Friday, July 24, unveiling two new tequila cocktails for National Tequila Day. From 5:30 to 8:30pm, Don and his son, Juan, will be serving Don's Dream and Raspberry Slush cocktails, while the modern Mexican restaurant will feature a special Don Pilar flight, made with hand-crafted 100% blue agave, estate-grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. // 739 Bridgeway, Sausalito, copitarestaurant.com

Mochica Hosts Piscofest on Peruvian Independence Day

You'll want to pace yourself on Friday so you can also celebrate Peruvian Independence at Mochica Peruvian Kitchen & Bar, which is hosting Piscofest, a five-day stretch of pisco-inspired experiences and specials. The series starts on Saturday, July 25 with Opening Night on the Hill, featuring a local house DJ, and continues on Sunday with Peruvian brunch specials and pisco cocktails. Monday and Tuesday bring pisco-cocktail paired appetizers, and Piscofest concludes on Wednesday, July 29 with Pisco Night on the Hill, with a special talk by pisco connoisseur Miguel Solari. The evening's offerings includes a pisco tasting flight, three pisco cocktails, and three appetizer bites for $35. / / 1469 18th Street, mochicasf.com

The Sea Star's Got a New Captain

A trio of local bar stars has taken over operations of The Sea Star in the Dogpatch. Alicia Walton (Bloodhound, Brass Tacks, Comstock, and Elixir Saloons), Ryan Gilbert (Bloodhound and House of Shields Saloon) and Tommy Shaw (Martuni's) are now at the helm, steering the bar toward a casual neighborhood vibe with some light remodeling and community-centric events. The Sea Star is open every day from 4pm to 2am, featuring 12 taps with rotating craft beers and ciders alongside a curated boilermaker menu and a playful cocktail program. You'll find happy hour specials during the week from 4 to 7pm. The Sea Star is also dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry first mate. // 2289 3rd Street, facebook.com/theseastarsf

Beatbox Brings More Burlesque

Because one night of naughty per week isn't nearly enough, Beatbox nightclub has doubled down on the shimmy. Red Hots Burlesque is now bringing the babes every Wednesday and Friday at 7pm. Tickets are available online for $10 (general admission) to $20 (VIP cabaret seating) per person, and entry includes all the cabaret, drag, and burlesque you can handle. For another $8, the bartender will mix up a Lemonade Zinger, made with Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, and Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters. // Get tickets here. 314 11th Street, beatboxsf.com

Aperitif Cocktail Competition at Burritt Room + Tavern

Top bartenders from Alchemist, Benjamin Cooper, PABU, Devil's Acre and Suerte Tequila will compete in a friendly face-off with Carpano Vermouths this Sunday, July 26, at the Burritt Room + Tavern. As part of their quarterly "Flights + Bites" series, the downtown tavern will host an Aperitif Cocktail Competition from 5 to 8 pm. Purchase a $35 ticket online, and you'll be treated to a selection of bites to savor while you taste the cocktail flights as they're made, and vote on your favorites for the "People's Choice" Award. // Get tickets here. 417 Stockton Street

Send drinking suggestions to renee@grassrootspr.com.

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