Cocktail Week Events for Wednesday, Sept. 21, and Near-Sellouts

Liza Gershman
Local spirits at the Bay Area Distillers Panel
​If you didn't manage to make it out to the cocktail pairing dinners last night, there are more coming up this Cocktail Week, along with a whole day's worth of drinking today. Lydia Reissmueller was killing it last night at Beretta with her Deep Roots cocktail (tequila, lemon, carrot syrup, cumin oil). She'll be at Delarosa tonight for a last chance to enjoy this drink.

Today we're not only going to list the events of the day, but give you a heads-up on upcoming Cocktail Week events that are about to sell out. Grab those last tickets!


Shaker & Flask
Where: Big Daddy's Antiques, 1550 17th. (at Wisconsin)
When: 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost: $65 regular; $75 at the door

The rundown: The Cocktail Lab- produced event explores what happens when you apply modernist culinary techniques to cocktails. It also comes with a geeky chaser: an understanding of the chemistry and physics of making great cocktails. The hypotheses of the event: You + {Cocktails} = Fun. Proceeds benefit the Exploratorium.

Seminars and Other Events

Liza Gershman
A Negroni cocktail waiting to be enjoyed
Rum is Always Fun
Where: The Boothby Center, 1161 Mission (at 8th)
When: 3 - 5 p.m.
Cost: $25 in advance; $35 at the door

The rundown: A non-geeky seminar all about making fun, Latin American-themed rum drinks with Duggan McDonnell of Cantina using Brugal Rum, recently introduced to the US from the Dominican Republic.

Hands On with Scott Beattie: Artisanal Gin Cocktails
Where: The Boothby Center, 1161 Mission (at 8th)
When: 6 - 8 p.m.
Cost: $25 in advance; $35 at the door

The rundown: Scott Beattie explains the basics of gin (history, production, and styles), then lets you get your hands dirty making four cocktails: two classics and two modern gin drinks using local No. 209 Gin. A fantastic value for both drinks and education.

Intoxicating Ladies: the Women Behind the Stick
Where: Rye, 688 Geary (at Leavenworth)
When: 8 p.m. - midnight

The rundown: An event showcasing talented Bay Area female bartenders shaking up drinks using spirits and mixers from women-owned brands and companies. The lineup of bartenders is impressive, plus there's no cover charge and the proceeds benefit CUESA.

Special Elixir Charity Guest Bartending Night
Where: Elixir, 3200 16th (at Guerrero)
When: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

The rundown: Guest bartenders Stuart McCluskey (The Bon Vivant, Scotland), Martin Daraz (Highland Park and The Macallan), and Dylan Regan (Aspen, CO) will feature scotch drink specials benefiting the Bartender Relief Fund.

Almost Sold Out

Our list of upcoming events that are close to selling out, and worth grabbing a ticket for--or suffer reading about all the fun we had later.

East Bay Showdown
Where: Tessera Gallery, 1225-A 7th St. (at Union), Oakland
When: Thursday, Sept. 22, 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost: $55 regular; $65 at the door

The rundown: Enjoy the best the East Bay cocktail scene has to offer with some seriously talented bartenders from Acme Bar, Adesso, Chop Bar, Dogwood, Flora, Hotsy Totsy, Hudson, and more. Bites provided by Flora and Little Star Pizza.

Best of the West
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission (at Third St.)
When: Thursday, Sept. 22, 6 - 9 p.m.
Cost: $55 regular; $65 at the door

The rundown: A night of drinking and gambling with bartenders from San Diego to Vancouver mixing up a city themed cocktail, while you play blackjack and roulette for prizes.

St. George Spirits Bathtub Gin Party
Where: St. George Spirits, 2601 Monarch (at Midway) Alameda
When: Sunday, Sept. 25, 4 - 7 p.m.
Cost: $35 regular; $45 at the door

The rundown: End the week with a gin party at St. George Distillery with a mini food truck rally with Tacolicious, Fivetenburger, Porky (Plum's porchetta cart), Hella Lumpia, Fist of Flour, Breads of India, and the Cookie Department. The ticket doesn't include food, but does include nine cocktails!

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