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Dining, SFoodie Monday Eight: Your Bartender Will Be Watching You

Monday Eight: Your Bartender Will Be Watching You

Bartenders Might Compelled to Cut You Off Under Penalty of Law Unless you're at some high-volume club, any bartender with a brain and a conscience knows to do this…
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Dining, SFoodie SF Weekly's 2012 DRINK Pits Bartender Against Bartender, So Everyone Wins

SF Weekly's 2012 DRINK Pits Bartender Against Bartender, So Everyone Wins

DRINK, SF Weekly's annual celebration of all drinks boozy, returns in less than two weeks! On March 10, the paper will be bringing together local bartenders, local drinkers, and dozens of beer, wine, and spirits producers for an afternoon of…
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Dining, SFoodie SF Female Bartenders Breaking the Speed Rack Barrier

SF Female Bartenders Breaking the Speed Rack Barrier

The cocktail boom has introduced more changes behind the bar than fresh juices and homemade bitters; female bartenders, too, are becoming the norm rather than the exception. Showcasing the increasing number of women in the craft cocktail movement is…
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Dining, SFoodie How to Get Your Drink On This Week

How to Get Your Drink On This Week

The festivities of Thanksgiving may be over and December's insanity of Christmas-Chanukah-Kwanza-NYE not quite up to speed, making this weekend your last chance to sip a drink and catch your breath. Here's what's going on: Historic Libations Where: California Historical…
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Dining, SFoodie Etiquette for Today's San Franciscan: Using Groupons and Tipping Mixologists

Etiquette for Today's San Franciscan: Using Groupons and Tipping Mixologists

Today, we're launching SF Etiquette, a weekly column in which I field your questions about dining out in 21st-century Bay Area restaurants. My somewhat specious qualifications: A) I go out to eat, professionally, somewhere between six and 12 meals a…
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Dining, SFoodie This Weekend: Cocktail Robots Invade SOMA

This Weekend: Cocktail Robots Invade SOMA

BarBot 2011 Where: pariSoma, 69 11th St. (at Natoma) When: Fri., Apr. 1 and Sat., Apr 2, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door (21 and over only) The rundown: We might be generations away from…
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Dining, SFoodie Saturday: Cocktail Gladiators Do Battle at Drink

Saturday: Cocktail Gladiators Do Battle at Drink

Tomorrow night at SF Weekly's Drink party at the Fairmont, there'll be an epic battle between bartenders, live on stage, with Combier liqueur as the main ingredient. Tastes of the competitors' cocktails will be provided to attendees, along with all…
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Dining, SFoodie Taste of Brooklyn

Taste of Brooklyn

Damon Boelte at Beretta and Delarosa When: Beretta on Tue., Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Delarosa on Wed., Feb. 23, :30 p.m.-1 a.m. Where: Beretta, 1199 Valencia (at 23rd St.), 695-1199 ; Delarosa, 2175 Chestnut (at Pierce), 673-7100 Cost: All…
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Dining, SFoodie Pizza-Cocktail Synergy Continues with Zero Zero's Joel Teitelbaum

Pizza-Cocktail Synergy Continues with Zero Zero's Joel Teitelbaum

It never ceases to fascinate us that pizzerias have become some of the best places to get a cocktail in the Bay Area. Before Beretta ignited the artisanal cocktail and pizza craze back in 2008, who would have guessed? Since…
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Dining, SFoodie Orson's Ian Adams, S.F.'s Newest Bartender to Watch

Orson's Ian Adams, S.F.'s Newest Bartender to Watch

Orson first drew me through its doors 3 years ago when it opened, back when Jackie Patterson was running the bar show. It was a time when Patterson was honing her personal style and gaining accolades for her original creations.…
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Dining, SFoodie This Is Why Your Bartender Hates You

This Is Why Your Bartender Hates You

Michael Procopio's hotly debated piece on restaurant patrons' "breaches of dining behavior" got us thinking about pet peeves among San Francisco's drink slingers. To find out, I queried some of the city's best bartenders about what drives them crazy, expecting…
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Dining, SFoodie L.A. Bartender Chris Bostick Takes Guest Turn at Beretta

L.A. Bartender Chris Bostick Takes Guest Turn at Beretta

The guest bartender series at Beretta continues Tuesday with Chris Bostick, all the way from The Varnish in Los Angeles, teaming up with bar manager and bar star Ryan Fitzgerald. Hidden within the historic Cole's restaurant downtown, The Varnish is…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Cocktail Lab

S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Cocktail Lab

Where to find them: Various venues (check the Cocktail Lab website) Background: The cocktail lab crew is Timothy…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Lauren Steele

S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Lauren Steele

SFoodie's series focusing on San Francisco's up-and-coming stars behind the stick, the Muppet Babies of the shaker. Who: Lauren Steele Where to find her: Rye, 688 Geary (at Leavenworth), 474-4448 Background: A protégé of Amanda Washington, Steele has spent time…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Jayson Wilde

S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Jayson Wilde

SFoodie's series focusing on San Francisco's up-and-coming stars behind the stick, the Muppet Babies of the shaker. Who: Jayson Wilde Where to find him: Bourbon & Branch, 501 Jones (at O'Farrell), 346-1735 Background: Wilde: "I worked behind a desk at…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Trevor Easter

S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Trevor Easter

SFoodie's series focusing on San Francisco's up-and-coming stars behind the stick, the Muppet Babies of the shaker. Who: Trevor Easter Where to find him: Rickhouse, 246 Kearny (at Bush), 398-2827 Background: Having honed his skills in San Diego, first in…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Kyle and Rachel Ford

S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Kyle and Rachel Ford

SFoodie's series focusing on San Francisco's up-and-coming stars behind the stick, the Muppet Babies of the shaker. Who: Kyle and Rachel Ford Where to find them: Kyle at Rye and 15 Romolo, Rachel at Rickhouse Background: Although a bartending couple…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Brandon Josie

S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Brandon Josie

SFoodie's series focusing on San Francisco's up-and-coming talent behind the stick, the Muppet Babies of the shaker. Who: Brandon Josie Where to find him: 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo (at Broadway), 398-1359 Background: Starting off as a barback at 15 Romolo…
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Dining, SFoodie Are Liquor Companies Stealing S.F.'s Best Bartenders As 'Brand Ambassadors'?

Are Liquor Companies Stealing S.F.'s Best Bartenders As 'Brand Ambassadors'?

As a career, bartending has had its ups and downs. It was a genuine profession in the 19th century, an outlaw one during Prohibition. And up until recently, tending bar was a gig you held down because you either owned…
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Dining, SFoodie The Comp Question: Should Bars Let Industry Colleagues Drink for Free?

The Comp Question: Should Bars Let Industry Colleagues Drink for Free?

One of the notable things about the restaurant business is its camaraderie, even among business in direct competition with each other. It's common for folks in the trade to visit one another's establishments, and also to receive something extra from…
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