Part happy hour, part educational workshop, Cocktail Ambassadors' "edutainment" mixology classes certainly take their booze seriously, which isn't to say there's not a fair amount of actual drinking involved. Nonetheless, you'll probably leave not only copping a pleasant buzz, but knowing how to mix a better drink next time you're entertaining, and how to buy a better bottle next time you're perusing the liquor store, another step on the road to becoming a full-fledged bon vivant. It won't come as a surprise then to find out that the man behind Cocktail Ambassadors is Elixir owner H. Joseph Ehrmann. The next, and last class scheduled until mid-September, is called Farmers Market Summer Cocktails, and it's happening this Thursday, July 31, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the San Francisco Bay Club (150 Greenwich); $85 for non-members; $75 for members. Buy tickets in advance.
-- Brian Bernbaum