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Dining, SFoodie Fairmont Hotel Takes Modern Approach to Classic Cocktails

Fairmont Hotel Takes Modern Approach to Classic Cocktails

There's a reason why the classics become classics. They're timeless, and they're damn good. In the realm of cocktails, familiar names like Martini, Old Fashioned, Boulevardier, Manhattan, immediately come to mind. If you're going to tinker with drinks like…
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Dining, Eat

The Tonga Room: The More It Changes, The More It Stays the Same

Before you read this, ask yourself, "How much do I want the Tonga Room to change?" If the answer is "A lot," you're going to be disappointed. You're also a joyless buzzkill. The tiki palace that looks like David Lynch's…
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Dining, SFoodie Trends in Beer: The House Brew Comes to Bar Tartine, Public House, and More

Trends in Beer: The House Brew Comes to Bar Tartine, Public House, and More

Magnolia/Namu Gaji Toasted Rice Beer Last year, Magnolia collaborated with Public House to create Billy Sunday's Best Bitter. The traditional cask-served English bitter has become a staple for beer geeks out for a day at the ballpark. With Magnolia's…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Goes Apiary at the Fairmont

Bouncer Goes Apiary at the Fairmont

You may not know this, but there is a bar besides the Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel. It sits at the back of the Laurel Court restaurant, which is off the main lobby. I stumbled into it after hiking…
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Dining, SFoodie Taste Honey Harvested from the Fairmont

Taste Honey Harvested from the Fairmont

What delivers the highest buzz in San Francisco? Rooftop beehives. The Chronicle and Bi-Rite have their own colonies, but the bees with the best zip code in town are at the Fairmont Hotel: Nob Hill views, access to the penthouse…
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Dining, SFoodie Dominic Venegas Aces <em>SF Weekly</em> Cocktail Competition

Dominic Venegas Aces SF Weekly Cocktail Competition

Hundreds of the thirsty showed up at the Fairmont Saturday for SF Weekly's first-ever Drink, a tipplers' tour through dozens of spirits, beer, wine, and cocktails. The night's centerpiece was a bartender throwdown, featuring four faces from behind the stick…
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Dining, SFoodie Saturday: Cocktail Gladiators Do Battle at Drink

Saturday: Cocktail Gladiators Do Battle at Drink

Tomorrow night at SF Weekly's Drink party at the Fairmont, there'll be an epic battle between bartenders, live on stage, with Combier liqueur as the main ingredient. Tastes of the competitors' cocktails will be provided to attendees, along with all…
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Dining, SFoodie Drank, Drunk: Drink

Drank, Drunk: Drink

DRINK: SF Weekly's Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Tasting Where: Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason (at California), 772-5000 When: Sat., Mar. 12, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $50 general admission, $75 VIP early admission; see below for a $20 SFoodie discount The rundown: We're…
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Dining, SFoodie Tonga Room Happy Hour: All-You-Can-Eat Tiki Kitsch

Tonga Room Happy Hour: All-You-Can-Eat Tiki Kitsch

The place: Tonga Room, 950 Mason (at California, in the Fairmont Hotel), 772-5278 The hours: Wed.-Fri., 5-7 p.m. The deals: All-you-can-eat $10 buffet of quasi-Island specialties The digs: Exuberant, time-honored tiki bar extraordinaire with lots of over-the-top Jungle Cruise ambience:…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Movie House

Balboa Theater 3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8184, www.balboamovies.com This classic theater, designed by architects James and Merritt Reid (who also did the Fairmont Hotel and the original Cliff House), has been a San Francisco favorite since it opened…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Five Best Ways to Impress Your Date

You've met the biped of your dreams at the corner laundromat and, wonder of wonders, she's agreed to go out with you this Saturday. Don't blow it! Follow the instructions below and even if you impress your date so much…
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News, Night Crawler Laugh Tracks

Laugh Tracks

Even a quick visit to the bathrooms inside the Fairmont Hotel can be a disarming, potentially infinite journey for a Mission lowlander like myself. It's a pageant of sensory opulence -- the rich carpeting running beneath ornate makeup tables, the…
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Dining, Eat

Dish

In the Pink Is the day at hand when American restaurants can stop cooking pork until it's dry and lifeless -- not to mention less tasty than it could be? Not quite, but "we're working in that direction," says Herve…
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