Saturday night was all about the Bon Vivants' Grand Gala with plenty of punch, including Martin Cate's custom flaming volcano bowl. There were old-time costumes, performers, and a roving brass band. Sunday's Cocktail Cookout at St. George Spirits in Alameda pulled out the Fatted Calf pulled pork sandwiches, kiddie pools to cool off in, and cocktails from some of the East Bay's best (Hotsy Totsy, Radio Bar, Adesso). The ferry ride in, with a landing amid the old battleships, was great, though the sunset over the fog-free city on the trip home was a beautiful end to the weekend.The drink-a-thon known as SF Cocktail Week wraps up tonight with the unlikely pairing that has fast become the preferred pastime of San Francisco bartenders: Chartreuse cocktails and karaoke (yes, at the same time). What might be more surprising than that combination is the amount of untapped vocal talent lurking behind the city's bars.
Mon., Sept. 27:
When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m..
Where: The Ambassador, 673 Geary (at Leavenworth)
How much: $10; no-host bar
The skinny: All Chartreuse cocktails are $6 for the night, to go along with the karaoke contest. Pick your song and battle it out against your favorite bartenders.