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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thursday Five: PlumpJack's New Club Opens, Novela Teaches You the Art of Punch

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click to enlarge Novela's Halloween Punch - AMANDA LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Novela's Halloween Punch

Plus, Hakkasan debuts some smashing fall cocktails, "Sinner's Hour" at the Vestry, and the real reason the dude in your office who drinks all that black coffee may in fact be a psychopath.

Verso Opens Tomorrow
The 14,000-square-foot club (a project from the PlumpJack Group, of which Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is a principal) opens in what used to be a printing press tomorrow, Oct. 16, right next door to PlumpJack’s Forgery. With a 20-foot long Carrera marble bar and all the amenities that people who like bottle service prefer, it’s definitely going to be a major venue. Audiophiles take note: Verso will have 14 speakers and six subwoofers made by Alcons Audio, and the grand opening features Hook N Sling, JJ Flores, and Gent & Jawns.
Verso, 1525 Mission St.

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  • Verso
Hakkasan Releases a Fall Cocktail Menu
Hakkasan, the hyper-stylish Cantonese restaurant at 1 Kearny Street, has released six autumnal cocktails, which include simple fall ingredients like apple juice nad cinnamon right up to Tio Pepe Fino Sherry. Try a Bitter Fortune (Tanqueray No. 10 gin, Aperol, grapefruit juice, lime juice, $14), a Rhubarb Remedy (Art in the Age Rhubarb Tea Liqueur, raspberries, chamomile, honey, lemon, Fever-Tree ginger beer), or a Niitaka Orchard (Pear infused Absolut Elyx, Velvet Falernum, lemon juice, $15).
Hakkasan, 1 Kearny, 415-829-8148.

Punch Like an Adult
Dillon Lockwood, Novela's "punchmeister" (as well as 209 Gin's Assistant Distiller) is hosting classes on how to make a proper punch, each thematically tied to the major holidays of the next three months. Halloween's iteration (next Wednesday, Oct. 21) includes a bunch of fall flavors (nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, rum) and a lot of paired snacks. The $55 ticket gets you a 90 minutes of instruction, recipes and a bottle of punch to take home. 
Novela Halloween Punch Class, Wednesday, Oct. 21; 6:30 p.m., 662 Mission. $55: 1.5 hour class, punch, snacks, takeaway bottle, and recipe.

Sinner's Hour at The Vestry
Starting Friday, Oct. 23, The Vestry at The Chapel will launch Sinner's Hour, turning the evil vibes in what was once a mortuary into cocktail ingredients far more potent than any earthly liqueur. Drinks are are normally $12 will be $9 Tuesdays through Fridays, 5-7 p.m., and there will be a "Good and Evil" food menu. For the free launch party, expect live music from Americano Social Club, and burlesque performances by Hunny Bunny and her Hot Toddies
Friday, Oct. 23, 5-7:30 p.m., at The Vestry, 777 Valencia, 415-551-7306.

Preferring Black Coffee Could Mean You're Evil
UK's Independent caught a survey of 500 coffee drinkers which noted that taste preferences strongly correlate with personality types. Agreeable people like sweet things, and "General bitter taste preferences emerged as a robust predictor for Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism, and everyday sadism." Me, I like my coffee as black as the void. But I'm an ENFP on the Myers-Briggs, too, I swear!

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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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