25 Fun Things: A Christmas-y Cocktail Bar, Pink Martini at the SF Symphony + More Bay Area Events
'Tis the season to drink cocktails out of Christmas ornaments. (Courtesy of Deck the Halls)

25 Fun Things: A Christmas-y Cocktail Bar, Pink Martini at the SF Symphony + More Bay Area Events


We hope you've recovered from Thanksgiving because you have egg nog to drink.

This week, look for the return of your favorite holiday pop-up bar, the new Night Bloom at Conservatory of Flowers, a whale of an After Hours at Exploratorium, DoxieCon SF, the Castro's holiday tree lighting, and more fun ways to procrastinate on work. Have a good one!

Monday, November 26th

(Courtesy of Castro Merchants)

Cyber Monday Escape

When: All day, starting at midnight

Where: Timber Cove Resort, 21780 North Coast Hwy 1 (Jenner), timbercoveresort.com

Let's be real, today we're all stalking the internet for the best deals and goods, but do you really need more stuff? We suggest snagging an experience instead with 40 percent off mid-week and select weekend stays at Timber Cove Resort, overlooking the gorgeous Sonoma coast, in 2019. // Book your getaway with the promo code CYBER at synxis.com.

Truffles at La Toque

When: 6:30 to 10pm

Where: La Toque, 1314 McKinstry St (Napa), latoque.com

There's no weekly round-up without truffles this time of year. Legendary Wine Country restaurant La Toque is hosting chef Carlo Zarri from Cortemilla, Italy's truffle capital, to tag-team an epic five-course tasting menu with white magnatum and black uncinatum truffles from chef Zarri's hometown. // Tickets ($150/person, optional $70 wine pairings) are available by calling the restaurant at 707.257.5157.

Castro Holiday Tree Lighting

When: 6pm

Where: The Castro

Be merry and gay tonight as Donna Sachet and the Castro Merchants Association host the neighborhood's annual tree lighting. // facebook.com

Pineapples With Drinks!

When: 6 to 9pm

Where: Last Rites, 718 14th St. (Duboce Triangle), lastritesbar.com

Boo Loo Mondays are now a thing at Last Rites, where they'll be mixing up the traditional tiki cocktail—a rum and pineapple situation—and serving them in actual pineapples. Because why not?

​Tuesday, November 27th

Pink Martini plays with the San Francisco Symphony Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

An Indian Tasting Menu

When: Dinner

Where: Indian Paradox, 258 Divisadero St. (Lower Haight), indianparadoxsf.com

Pop into Indian Paradox to check out the wine bar's fresh look and new menu compliments of Loló co-owner and interior designer Lorena Zertuche. There are new murals with Indian themes, wine racks made from bright milk crates, and a giant sculpture of a turban. The new four-course tasting menu, meanwhile, includes such dishes as dahi sev puri (semolina puffs filled with jaggery and mint chutney, topped with yogurt) and kheema pav (lamb with house-made garam masala and toasted pav). // The tasting menu is $35/person, or $75/person with wine pairings.

Candlelight Walk for Harvey Milk

When: 7 to 10pm

Where: Harvey Milk Plaza, 2401 Market St. (Castro)

It's been 40 Novembers since LGBT rights icon Harvey Milk and George Moscone were murdered at San Francisco City Hall, but their work and their memory have not been forgotten. Head to the gayborhood tonight for a moment of remembrance with the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club followed by a candlelight walk to City Hall and performances by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and members of the San Francisco Opera Company. // For more info, go to facebook.com.

Pink Martini With the San Francisco Symphony

When: 7:30pm, Tuesday and Wednesday nights

Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave (Civic Center)

We love Pink Martini. And, of course, we love the SF Symphony. Tonight and tomorrow, the two are mixing up a playful cocktail of cabaret, samba, retro pop, and jazz. Grab a drink and don't miss it. // Tickets ($65 and up) are available at sfsymphony.org.

Giving Brewsday

When: 6 to 9pm

Where: Anchor Brewing Co., 1705 Mariposa St. (Potrero Hill)

Do good this Giving Tuesday by doing exactly what you like: drinking beer and scoring cool swag. Tonight at Anchor, the price of admission gets you unlimited tastings, snacks, a brewery tour, a chance to win raffle prizes (hello, Warriors tickets), a limited-edition gift, and membership to California State Parks Foundation. Proceeds will benefit our state parks. // Tickets ($55) are available at eventbrite.com.

​Wednesday, November 28th

The Glide Ensemble and Change Band will play at Glide's Annual Holiday Jam tonight.

Holiday Artisan Market

When: 9am to 8pm

Where: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. (Civic Center), asianart.org

Shop one-of-a-kind handmade merch—think jewelry, holiday ornaments, artisanal food stuff, and more—by local makers while sipping tea, beer, wine, and specialty boba cocktails at the Asian. // For more info, go to facebook.com; for more holiday markets in the Bay Area, check out our roundup here.

Movember Celebration

When: 5 to 7pm

Where: Hotel Zeppelin, 545 Post St. (Union Square), viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Calling all gentlemen! You're invited to a wellness party for dudes. Enjoy a Four Roses bourbon tasting and specialty Mustache-ology cocktails from The Rambler, and get a slick new shave, haircut, or mustache trim by local stylists. Your cannabis needs will also be covered thanks to SF dispensary Urban Pharm. // Bourbon tasting is free for the first hour, $10 after 6pm; all barber services are complimentary, and cocktails are $14 each with a 10 percent discount for guests with mustaches (real or fake).

Love Prevails: Glide Annual Holiday Jam

When: 5:30pm

Where: The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill)

Always an uplifting love fest, Glide's annual holiday gala returns with live performances by Grammy Award winner Lisa Fischer, the Glide Ensemble featuring Vernon Bush, and The Change Band. Hosted by Renel Brooks-Moon, the fete promises lots of surprises and plenty of food from Bay Area restaurants, all to raise funds for Glide's daily free meals program and other services. // Tickets ($50) and info at facebook.com.

Thursday, November 29th

(Sho Hatakeyama on Unsplash)

Junior League SF's Holiday Faire

When: 5 to 9pm

Where: San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton St. (North Beach)

Bring cash for the bar and nosh complimentary hors d'oeuvres while shopping holiday gifts from more than 30 local makers and artists to support the JLSF—15 percent of proceeds will be donated to help support at-risk youth and elderly people in the Bay Area. // Tickets ($25-$50) are available at jlsf.org/holiday-faire.

After Dark: Whales!

When: 6 to 10pm

Where: Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero)

Learn all about the massive marine mammals while sipping cocktails, listening to music, and wandering the hundreds of immersive exhibits at the Exploratorium. // For more info and tickets ($20), go to exploratorium.edu.

​Friday, November 30th

Party tonight at the Guardsmen Christmas tree lot!

A Big Top Circus

When: Various showtimes through January 6th

Where: Mersea Meadow, 699 Avenue of the Palms (Treasure Island)

It's showtime over on Treasure Island with tonight's opening of Kaleidoscope, a special circus packed with performers, a six-piece band, and carnival-themed treats from local restaurant Mersea. // Shows are offered Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, and Sundays at 1:30pm and 6:30pm. Tickets ($39-150) are available at circusbella.org.

Winter Park

When: Noon to 10pm daily, through January 6th

Where: Civic Center, 355 McAllister St.

Check out a brand-new winter wonderland with a festive 100-by-60 foot ice rink and adventure park enclosed in a lighted tree forest. Pop by for special weekly events including a themed dance party on Wednesdays, or Learn to Curl sessions on Sundays in December. Catch the opening ceremonies tonight. // Tickets ($20/adults) include skate rentals and are available at winterparkicerinksf.com.

Craft Beer Night

When: 6 to 10pm

Where: The Guardsmen Christmas tree lot at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion (Marina)

TGIF, time for a beer! Andddd maybe a Christmas tree 'cause tomorrow is officially December, y'all. Peruse the trees at the Guardsmen Christmas tree lot while chowing bratwursts, pretzels, and beer tastings from several Bay Area breweries. All proceeds benefit at-risk Bay Area youth. // Tickets ($25-40) are available on eventbrite.com.

Wine Party in Mill Valley

When: 4 to 11pm

Where: West Coast Wine and Cheese, 31 Sunnyside Ave (Mill Valley), westcoastsf.com

Why: Cow Hollow's beloved neighborhood wine bar, West Coast Wine & Cheese, is making moves north with a second outpost in Mill Valley. Stop by for their grand opening party and snag 20 percent off wine bottles from 4 to 6pm while enjoying wine pours and special surprises throughout the evening.

​Saturday, December 1st

The Hello Kitty Cafe truck rolls up to Stonestown Galleria today. (Courtesy of Sanrio)

Deck the bars, er, halls!

When: Open daily till December 25th

Where: Rusted Mule, 1217 Sutter St. (Tendernob), rustedmule.com

Deck the Halls pop-up bar is back at a new location for another festive round of merrymaking. Sip yuletide cocktails in Christmas ornaments and feast your eyes on life-size candy canes, ice caves, cozy mock living rooms to cuddle in, and walls made of gift bows and tree baubles. The bar will also be donating funds to Year Up Bay Area—that's the holiday spirit. // For more info, visit deckthehallsbar.com.

Hi, Hello Kitty!

When: 10am to 8pm

Where: Stonestown Galleria, 3251 20th Ave (Lakeshore)

The cult-favorite feline is back with her roving cafe truck and has new goodies to share. Stop by to pick up kitschy foodie items like a giant Hello Kitty cookies, lunchboxes packed with confetti popcorn, macarons, and plush toys. // Free to attend, find more info on sanrio.com.

Cocktail Time at Squaw

When: 4 to 5pm, Saturdays through December

Where: The Resort at Squaw Creek, 400 Squaw Creek Road (Olympic Valley), destinationhotels.com

Happy December, time to hit the slopes! If you're heading up to the Resort at Squaw Creek this winter, have a bit of festive fun at a holiday cocktail class where you can learn from a master mixologist how to craft three different drinks using fresh, seasonal ingredients while noshing on light bites. // Reservations ($60/person) can be made by calling the resort at 530.581.6610.

​Sunday, December 2nd

Holiday Party and Art Sale

When: 11am to 5pm

Where: Hunters Point Shipyard, Artists Studios, Bldg. 101

More than 60 artists will open their studios for a festive holiday art sale. Consider this perfect time to grab a great gift or perhaps just spruce up your walls prior to holiday merrymaking. // For info on participating artists and more, go to facebook.com.

All You Can Eat Crab Fest

When: Noon to 3pm

Where: Spark Social SF, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. N. (Mission Bay)

Dudes, it's Dungeness crab season! Eat all the legs you can handle, along with garlic noodles, salad, and iced tea, at Spark's third annual Crab Feed benefitting Urban Sprouts. // Tickets ($25-$56) are available at crabfeast.eventbrite.com.

DoxieCon SF

When: 1 to 3pm

Where: Corona Heights Dog Run (Corona Heights Park)

If long little doggies make you absolutely gaga, bring your wiener or borrow a friend's for this semi-annual dachshund play fest. // For more info, go to facebook.com.

Night Bloom

When: 5 to 11pm, select evenings through January 6th

Where: Conservatory of Flowers, 100 JFK Drive (Golden Gate Park), conservatoryofflowers.org

Cap the week in the enchanting gardens of the Conservatory of Flowers for their new after-hours event, Night Bloom. Discover flowers that blossom in the moonlight and walk among the glow of fireflies through five immersive galleries featuring different abstract light and sounds displays for a magically good time. // Tickets ($27-39) are available at conservatoryofflowers.org.

Toys for Tots

When: 4 to 7pm

Where: The Fairmont, 950 Mason St. (Nob Hill)

Don your holiday finery and bring at least three unwrapped new toys to be donated to kids this holiday season. Last year's event brought more than 900 people with more than 2,500 toys! // For more info, go to facebook.com.

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