On Sunday, 20 of the San Francisco Bay Area's best barbacks take center stage at Mezzanine in a series of challenges designed to replicate being deep in the weeds at the bar: bottle relay, ice bucket race, beer restocking race, and keg-changing. Sponsored, appropriately enough, by Fernet-Branca ― the bar and restaurant industry's drink of choice ― you can count on at least a few of the contestants running the course super-charged on shots of the black magic liqueur.
So far on the list of participating bars are representatives from 500 Club, 15 Romolo, Amante, Benders, Blur, Buckshot, Bullit, John Collins, Columbus Cafe, Eve, Hemlock, Hi-Fi Lounge, KozyKar, Mezzanine, The Parlor, RBar, Showdown, Smuggler's Cove, Som, Mr. Smith's, Temple, Tonic, Triple Crown, Hotel Utah, and Vertigo. We'll see if past winners Kevin Demattia (Zeigeist/Benders) and Christopher Pinedo (Mist) will make appearances to defend their titles.
Shirt-making, live music, dancers, and Fernet freebies sweeten this free event. Full drink specials menu as follows:
The Industry, $1
A shot of Fernet-Branca and gingerale back
The Italian Job, $5
Shot of Fernet-Branca and a Peroni beer
Fernet-Branca with cola or pineapple juice on the rocks with a squeeze of lime
The Barback Margarita, $5
Tequila Corralejo Reposado and Tres Agaves margarita mix
The Organic Margarita, $6
Casa Noble 100% Organic Crystal Tequila and Tres Agaves margarita mix
Cuba Libre, $5
Zaya Gran Reserva rum and cola with a lime
California Tea, $5
Seagram's Sweet Tea vodka, fresh lemon juice, and soda
The Head Nod, $7
Crystal Head vodka with tonic or soda
2010 BarBack Olympics
When: Sun., Nov. 14, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: Mezzanine, 444 Jessie (at Mint)
Cost: Free, but you have to RSVP online