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The strongest female touches in the Bay's bars

From Albany dives to the top of the SF food chain, female bartenders are serving up the crème de la cocktail.

With free shuffleboard, free Wi-Fi, and a free 45-rpm jukebox filled with donated records spanning 1952 to the late '70s, there's no better place to enjoy artisanal fire water and eye-opening transgressive cinema streaming from a high def Magnavox. Bartender Keli Rivers oversees HTC's cocktail program, and if you find a better mescal creation than Totsy owner Jessica Maria's Mexican Velvet, a blend of Cazadores reposado, Chichicapa mescal, pineapple gum, and fresh lime in a velvet falernum-rinsed glass, I'd love to hear about it.

Save yourself the trouble of looking and dabble in Keli and Maria's handiwork with a street taco from nearby Tacos al Autlense in one hand and your lap dog in the other (it's a canine-friendly joint). If that ride isn't forthcoming, catch Keli mixing it up tonight (Wednesday, May 25) at CUESA's farmers market cocktail event at the Ferry Building.

601 San Pablo, Albany. (510) 526-5986, www.hotsytotsyclub.com 

The raffish Ruggy Joesten is senior community manager at Yelp.com.


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