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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, Feature Bar: Oakland Spirits Company

Bar: Oakland Spirits Company

When Adam Nelson left his modest career as a writer in the early '90s to work on a nebulous concept called the internet, his mother said it was "the worst mistake he'd ever make."Two decades later, she held her tongue…
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 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, Fresh Eats Four Spots for Session Cocktails

Four Spots for Session Cocktails

Liquor ain't cheap, and that's true on both sides of the bar. Getting a full liquor license isn't always feasible, especially if a restaurant is small or just starting out. But how do you appeal to a cocktail crowd, when…
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…
Dining, Fresh Eats All Day Par-tay at Drake’s Dealership

All Day Par-tay at Drake’s Dealership

A new beer and bitesestablishment in Uptown Oakland's mixed-use Hive Drake'sDealership(a former Dodge dealership) now serves as a taproom for San Leandro'sDrake's Brewing Company. It pays homage to its locale on Oakland's Auto Row, fromthe salvaged dealership signage to the…
Dining, SFoodie To VIP, or Not to VIP: That Is the Question

To VIP, or Not to VIP: That Is the Question

What sort of perks does $90 really get you? Going into Friday night’s grand tasting at Fort Mason (the first of three that took place during this weekend’s Eat Drink SF) my biggest question wasn’t which of the 32…
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