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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SF Cocktail Week, Day 2: Farmers' Markets, Mixfits, and Bar Lit

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Last night: Under construction at the Boothby Center. - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • Last night: Under construction at the Boothby Center.
Last night's kickoff party at the Boothby Center (still very much under construction) was a total blast. Cocktail Week organizer the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail seized on the construction theme, with yellow hard hats and tornado lights. Steven Liles, Erick Castro, Kelli Bratvold, and Roberto Gonzales produced five different cocktails for the occasion.

Tonight's big event is the CUESA Farmer's Market Happy Hour. Always a great mix of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, it's an especially appropriate way to celebrate both the start of autumn as well as tonight's harvest moon. To commemorate its 150th birthday, Campari is rolling out its fire-engine-red Negroni cart to the happy hour tonight ― we can only dream of an Off the Grid where we could legally run a pop-up bar we'd call The Drunk Truck.

Weds., Sept. 22:

Strange Bed-Fellows: an Exploration in Ham, Oysters, and Malt

When: 1-2:30 p.m.

Where: Hog and Rocks, 3431 19th St. (at San Carlos)

How much: $30

The skinny: One of the most intriguing events of the week pairs oysters, ham, and cheese with Japanese and Scotch malt whiskies. Chef Ray England collaborates with whisky duo Robin Coupar and Neyah White.

Farmers' Market Happy Hour

When: 6-8 p.m.

Where: CUESA Kitchen at the Ferry Building Marketplace

How much: $40

The skinny: Always a great collection of food and innovative drinks. This time the theme is grape-based spirits. A word of warning: This event always sells out.

Guest Bartender Series: Alex Day at Beretta

When: 6 p.m.-1 a.m.

Where: Beretta, 1199 Valencia (23rd St.)

How much: Free admission; no-host bar

The skinny: New York bartender Alex Day (Death & Co.) does a one-night stand behind the bar with Beretta bar manager Ryan Fitzgerald ― a must for the serious cocktail fan. Day's known for his creativity, technique, and thoughtful service; delicious drinks will abound.

"Rose City" After Party

When: 9 p.m.-midnight

Where: Cantina Bar, 580 Sutter (at Mason)

How much: Free admission; no-host bar

The skinny: Dave Shenaut and Ricky Gomez (Portland's Teardrop Cocktail Lounge) are in residence for one night only with the cocktail-making magic and precision that's made the Teardrop Lounge famous.

Elixir Presents The Mixfits Bartender Relief Fundraiser

When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Elixir, 3200 16th St. (at Guerrero)

How much: Free admission; no-host bar

The skinny: Tony Devencenzi (Bourbon and Branch), Dominic Venegas (Smuggler's Cove), and Sean Kenyon (Steuben's in Denver) join Elixir's H. Joseph Ehrmann and Ben Cavara behind the bar for a cocktail night benefiting the Bartender Relief Fund.

Literature and Libations

When: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Downstairs Lounge at Cantina Bar, 580 Sutter St. (at Mason)

How much: Free admission; no-host bar

The skinny: Photographer Liza Gershman (A Taste for Absinthe) and authors Jason Wilson (Boozehound), Michael Lazar (Left Coast Libations), and Jeane McKirchy-Spencer (Cocktail Town) represent their respective liquor-soaked tomes.

Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow us at @sfoodie.

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