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'Tini time at SF Cocktail Week



May 11-18: SF Cocktail Week
SF Cocktail Week is here... In honor of SF's truly vibrant cocktail culture and supporting the fab Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans (if you're there, go!), the mission is "to preserve the Cultural Heritage of saloons and their cocktails in San Francisco, while also celebrating California’s Culinary Philosophy and Tradition". Sounds like a great mission to me. The third year in, this just keeps getting bigger. It's no Tales of the Cocktail but it's certainly a stellar line-up of parties, classes, competitions and events, taught and presented by a long list of the many of SF's bartending greats.

A few highlights include opening (at Le Colonial) and closing (at Jardinere) parties, the US Bartenders' Guild National Competition (all day Tuesday: 11am for SF competitors; 5pm for national finalists), CUESA's Cane Spirits & Farmer's Market Cocktails event is Wednesday night (their Winter Cocktails event was a blast - excellent cocktails at every turn!), there's a historical cocktail and bar crawl with Tablehopper herself on Saturday, a Saturday class with artisanal cocktail genius,Scott Beattie, and monthly Savoy night at the one-and-only Alembic on Sunday. Thursday is Bar School, a day of classes around town, ranging from $25-45, the line-up includes Distillation 101 from Hangar One's Lance Winters, Erik Atkins' walk through the Gentleman's Companion, Jeff Hollinger (Absinthe) and Neyah White (NOPA) teach you how to make your own cocktail ingredients from syrups to bitters, plus more worthy classes for the budding mixologist to take it to the next level.
All around SF; events free to $45

May 12-16: The Big 4's Wild Game Week returns
The Big 4 Restaurant (PSF) in Nob Hill's Huntington Hotel has been around for decades and is just the kind of atmosphere I want when craving old world elegance and cocktails by the fireplace. On the food tip, its bi-annual Wild Game Week offers a menu so unique, it's one of the only times you'll see dishes like Himalayan yak or Rocky Mountain wapiti (elk chop, to you). This year a first is added: Brazilian piranha "ribs" with a creamy mustard dressing ($18). That's right, piranha.

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