S.F., City of Throwdowns

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Distillery 209's arsenal of botanicals.
Monday, Tuesday, Happy Days

San Francisco finds itself the home of some mighty challenges over the next few days. Besides the emotionally charged series against the Dodgers starting this evening, a couple of cocktail challenges ensure that this city will bristle with foam fingers, high-fives, and booze.

No. 209 Gin UK Cocktail Duel
Where: 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo (at Broadway), 398-1359
When: Tonight, April 11, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $6 No. 209 gin cocktails, free passed appetizers (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
The rundown:
The British are coming! San Francisco's own Distillery 209 is hosting a duel between two of London's finest bartenders, Ian Goodman (Oxo Tower) and Alessandro Paludet (22 Below), who've been challenged to create London- and S.F.-themed cocktails. Sample tastes of the drinks, and keep your eyes open for audience prizes.

DonQ Puerto Rican Rum Cocktail Competition
Where: Burritt Room, 417 Stockton (at Sutter), inside the Crescent Hotel
When: Tue., Apr. 12, 7-10:30 p.m.
The rundown: Watch eight of S.F.'s top bartenders battle it out in two different challenges to produce the best fruit-forward tall rum drink or cocktail, incorporating a signature homemade ingredient. Enjoy live Puerto Rican salsa music, food from SOL Food (Warning: the site has music you can't turn off), and drink specials all night. The lineup includes Josh Harris (the Hideout); Brandon Josie (15 Romolo); Summer-Jane Bell (Hotsy Totsy); Shaher Misif (Cantina); Victoria Damato-Moran (Wexler's); Morgan Schick (Nopa); Joel Teitelbaum (Zero Zero); Chase Williamson (Prospect)

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