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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Celebrate Comstock Saloon's Fifth Hootenanny Tomorrow

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM


Everybody loves a hootenanny. Especially compared to most fifth birthday parties, which tend to involve a lot of tantrums, clowns, and bumper bowl. Comstock Saloon, the magnificent abode of trusty barkeeps and North Beach residents with a sobriety allergy, turns five on Wednesday and wants to celebrate with a special menu as well as the return of some former staffers.

From a fried oyster slider with chips ($5) to a hangtown toast with pickled eggs and oyster dressing ($12) to a jalapeño cheddar sausage that served with pickled stone fruit and mustard ($13) to a half-dozen Marin Miyagi oysters with Bols Genever mignonette and cocktail sauce ($16.50), this crowd will not be reduced to loitering around a vending machine hoping for sustenance. There’s even a bourbon pudding for dessert!

The party starts at noon and rampages forth for another 14 hours, with live entertainment picking up at 4 p.m. Beyond the classic Comstock cocktails like the Moonraker (made with Cognac, absinthe, and peach, along with that beguiling South American apéritif, quinquina), we are promised cold beer to toast to the good health of all, including the people who drove right into the saloon in September.

Classy but not fussy — this is a place where you can order a Scotch egg and a $15 bucket of shrimp with your Sazerac, after all — Comstock sits in a corner spot that’s been a bar for over a century, and may or may not be filled with the grizzled ghosts of prospectors and the drunken whores who loved them. So help them blow out that tricky sixth candle for good luck and many more years!

Comstock Saloon’s Fifth Anniversary Hootenanny, Wednesday, May 20, noon - 2 a.m., 155 Columbus Ave., 415-617-0071.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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