Drink Here Now: Tropical Drinks at Loló, Half-Price Wine & More


Here's to alcohol: the cause of, and answer to, all of life's problems. -Matt Groening

Baker Lane Vineyards Winemaker at Foreign Cinema 
This Thursday, Foreign Cinema hosts Stephen Singer, proprietor of Sebastopol's Baker Lane Vineyards, as guest sommelier. Singer will be on hand for dinner (5:30 to 11 pm) to talk with guests, offer tasting notes and pairing suggestions. A half-dozen Baker Lane wines will be available at special prices by the flight or bottle. You'll find 2007 and 2010 Estate Syrahs, a Reserve Pinot Noir and a Sonoma Coast Cuvée Syrah from 2012, and an Estate Viognier and a Rosé from last year's harvest. // 2534 Mission St., foreigncinema.com

Half Price Wine Happy Hour at Palm House
If you've ever wondered whether the most expensive wine on the menu is worth the splurge, this is your chance to find out. Palm House has launched a half-off wine happy hour weekdays from 3 to 6:30 pm. Pick any bottle of wine from the listthey range from $36 (Hinojosa "H" Malbec from Argentina) to $88 (Shafer Chardonnay from Carneros)—and they'll take 50-percent off. Pair your precious bottle with Puerto Rican Smashed Avocado, Island Fries, or a Cubano sandwich. // 2032 Union St., palmhousesf.com

Loló Launches New Cocktail Menu
Longing for a tropical vacation but not ready to spring for the airfare? Loló's new drink menu will transport you to the ocean. The line-up of mezcal and tequila-centric cocktails, created by Bar Managers David Gallardo and Leon Vasquez, feel right at home beneath the beachy mural above the bar. Highlights include the El Puñal (mezcal, Aperol, poppy liqueur, almond, lime); Ramos Gin Shrub (gin, Campari, watermelon-basil shrub, lime); The Fresh Prince (pisco, passion fruit, egg white, lime, orange blossom water); and their inventive variation on the Mezcal Mary, 2 Birds, 1 Stone (mezcal, fresh carrot juice, parsley, celery bitters, kaffir lime salt rim). // 974 Valencia St., lolosf.com

Half-Priced Second Bottles at Aveline
Looking to impress your better half with a romantic weeknight date that won't break the bank? Make reservations at Aveline on Tuesdays, when the second bottle of wine is half-priced. Start with mushroom fritters or asparagus hummus, and follow up with pappardelle pasta or rainbow trout. Choose a wine pairing from a dozen sparkling wines and Champagnes, 16 white wines, and 36 reds. When the waiter asks, "Shall I bring another bottle?" the answer is always yes. //  490 Geary St., avelinesf.com

DOSA Hosts Guest Bartender Series
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Valencia Street location, Dosa is hosting a weekly series of guest bartenders from La Urbana, Comstock Saloon, Chino (April 21), Cantina, and Trick Dog. Bartender will create featured cocktails and make a guest appearances. Two dollars from each special drink will be donated to Narika, a Bay Area organization serving survivors of domestic violence. // 995 Valencia St., dosasf.com

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