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 »
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 »
Let's be frank. Actually, let's be Fran. In this cocktail-centric metropolis, the chances of sipping on a superlative Harvey Wallbanger or a provocative NOLA-inspired Sazerac made from the hands of a fully-tattooed male with an affinity for Rollie Fingers is a fair sight more likely than savoring a boozy palliative shaken by a member of the fairer species.Read more »
In the shifting sea of drink menus around San Francisco, one of the world's leading cocktail cities, excellent cocktails have long been the standard rather than the stand-out. Keeping up on trends can be exhausting — but staying abreast of a great mixology culture can be well worth the hefty bar tabs. This week, we examine two new shakes to the cocktail scene that hail from outside city limits — and have us asking the bartender for another round.
RUGGY'S YELP Lately the weather around San Francisco has been more akin to what you'd expect in a city like San Diego. Or San Antonio (remember Pewee, there's no basement in the Alamo!). Or heck, even San Felipe, Mexico.Read more »
DRINKS Tequila is not tequila unless it's made in the Jalisco region of Mexico. So strictly speaking, you're not going to find a local tequila in the Bay Area. But the case of Don Pilar is about as close as you're going to get — his story is written by lines drawn directly between San Francisco and the Jalisco of his youth.Read more »
DRINKS In the murky depths of our foggy past (the '80s!), the Guardian regularly featured Superlists — as-close-as-it-gets-to-comprehensive guides to a small facet of our beloved city. We were feeling a little dry and reporter-y on a recent Sunday, so we're bringing the tradition back with bottomless mimosas.Read more »