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    Dining, Eat Oaxaca-torium: Oakland's Agave Uptown

    Oaxaca-torium: Oakland's Agave Uptown

    When you're approaching a Mexican cantina, you know what you're in for the second you open the door: a great big fiesta involving sombreros pinned to the wall, mariachi music blasting from the sound system, hitting your head on a…
    Dining, Eat Bar: Drink Your Heroin at The Barbary Coast

    Bar: Drink Your Heroin at The Barbary Coast

    If you set out on a quest to find San Francisco's Barbary Coast, the chances that you'll end up sipping a barrel-aged cocktail beneath a fig tree in North Beach are good, but not great. You're just as likely to…
    Dining, Eat Bar: Fear Not the 'Improper Pairing'

    Bar: Fear Not the 'Improper Pairing'

    Among samples of small bites served with tweezers and golf courses with greens fees steeper than a year's worth of student loan payments, one of the most surprisingly useful bits of food advice I got at Pebble Beach Food and…
    Dining, Eat

    Mezcal: The New Champagne?

    Fourteen years ago, Texas native William Scanlan was sitting at the bar of a favorite Mexican joint, sipping on tequila and daydreaming about a vacation when the manager pulled him aside to discuss a new kind of agave. "Come on…
    Dining, Eat Drink: Six S.F. Holiday Cocktails

    Drink: Six S.F. Holiday Cocktails

    Ebenezer Scrooge isn't the only one of us to come in contact with some seriously distressing spirits around the holiday season. Don't let the Ghost of Poorly Constructed Cocktails Past taint your palate for seasonal sipping. If there's still hope…
    Dining, Eat A Vin de Primeur Primer: Beaujolais Nouveau

    A Vin de Primeur Primer: Beaujolais Nouveau

    The holidays are upon us and with them come the great anticipation and heightened anxiety of celebratory gatherings. Although sheer celebration isn't the only reason for the spike in wine sales around the holidays — how else are you supposed…
    Dining, Eat Still Life: Woman of Whiskey

    Still Life: Woman of Whiskey

    Allisa Henley is just getting off the phone when I meet her at a coffee shop in San Francisco's Financial District. It's the Thursday before Halloween, and Henley's 9-year-old son has just returned from a class party. Henley apologizes as…
    Dining, Eat Bar: Dust Off Those Spats

    Bar: Dust Off Those Spats

    I pass through the door of Spats Restaurant and Saloon and take a seat at the long wooden bar. Classic rock pours from the speakers. The World Series plays above the bar. Snatches of conversation fill the rest of the…
    Dining, Eat

    Obscure Liqueurs: In Search of Calvados

    Earlier this fall, Anchor Distilling Company hosted Hervé Pellerin of Christian Drouin Calvados as he led a tasting and reception at The Forgery, a new bar in SoMa. It was an intimate afternoon of delicate daytime drinking, with the sun…
    Dining, Eat The Myth of Mezcal

    The Myth of Mezcal

    "The dark eras are for transforming, no?" Santiago Suarez says. We're in a third-floor room of Anchor Brewing, comparing San Francisco's boom with Mexico City's struggles. Suarez is the founder and CEO of the six-year-old Mezcal Amores — Mezcal Amarás…
    Dining, Eat Bar: Bulleit Proof

    Bar: Bulleit Proof

    "I love this city," says whiskey king Tom Bulleit, gazing out the window of a Market Street café. His bright brown eyes track pedestrians and take in traffic before resting on a steaming cup of black coffee — the sixth…

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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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