Bar Crawler 2011

Sing out, sister

BAR CRAWLER: Dashing through choice karaoke dens

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culture@sfbg.com

BAR CRAWLER Until last week, I'd never set foot in a karaoke lounge. It wasn't exactly on purpose; it was just something — like using dryer sheets and eating those little lathed carrots prepackaged with swimming pools of ranch dressing — that never occurred to me.Read more »

Make a splash

BAR CRAWLER: Rediscovering North Beach's plethora of charm at a dozen bars

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Alameda all at once

BAR CRAWLER: Raising hell on wheels in the Island City

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Tour de tasting room

BARCRAWLER: Three personal pours in wine country

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virginia@sfbg.com

For establishing intimacy and focus, there's nothing like sitting down to a meal and tasting with a vintner when you want to catch a glimpse of the vision and inspiration behind their wines. I recently had the chance to do just that with several local winemakers in Napa and Sonoma — and don't worry, I took good notes.Read more »