SF Cocktail Week, May 11-18
Starting Monday, the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail presents its third annual celebration of boozy elixirs at various spots around town. All events are 21 and over (natch).
- 6:00-9:00 p.m., Le Colonial (20 Cosmo Place near Taylor): kickoff party, $25 admission includes two drink tickets and light food, additional drink tickets $5 each. The after-party happens at 15 Romolo (15 Romolo near Broadway).
- Harry Denton's Starlight Room (21st Floor, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell near Sutter): United States Bartenders Guild competitions, SF local at 11:00 a.m., national at 5:00 p.m., free (firstname.lastname@example.org has more info).
- 9:00 p.m., Cantina (580 Sutter near Mason): Industry Appreciation Night featuring Barbary Coast cocktails.
- 5:30-8:30 p.m., CUESA Kitchen (Ferry Building): cocktails featuring cane-based spirits and market ingredients, $30 ticket includes two full cocktails, tastes of all demonstrated cocktails, and passed appetizers. After-party at Elixir (3200 16th St. at Guererro) to benefit The Museum of the American Cocktail.
- Various times and venues: "Bar School" serves up classes on various cocktail-related subjects; go here for the nitty gritty.
- 5:00-9:00 p.m., Epic Roasthouse (369 Embarcadero near Harrison): "Bayou on the Bay" benefit for New Orleans' Museum of the American Cocktail with guest bartenders. The $30 admission includes two drinks and apps; additional drink tickets $7 advance or $9 at the event.
- 2:00-4:00 p.m., CUESA Kitchen (Ferry Building): cocktail-making class with Lou Bustamante of St. George Spirits and Hangar One Vodka; $40 ticket includes two cocktails and signed copies of Bustamante's book, Artisanal Cocktails: Drinks Inspired by the Seasons from the Bar at Cyrus.
- 2:30-7:00 p.m., Vesuvio's: North Beach Historical Cocktail and Bar Crawl hosted by Marcia Gagliardi (aka Tablehopper), free (cocktails are extra); email email@example.com with Tablehopper Cocktail Crawl in the subject line.
- 6:00 p.m. The Alembic (1725 Haight near Cole): cocktails from The Savoy Cocktail Book written by Harry Craddock in 1930; free, but you'll have to pay for drinks.
- 6:00-9:00 p.m. Jardinière (300 Grove at Franklin): closing gala, $45 ticket includes appetizers, drinks, and goodie bag.