Boozy Weekend: Big Hats, Tequila, and Fast Horses

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Celebrate or the chip gets it!
What happens when Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby fall on the same weekend? A lot of trouble wearing big hats, awash in tequila and bourbon. Here's our handy guide to help you stay well refreshed all weekend.

Cuatro De Mayo Fiesta Con Queso
Where: Doc's Clock, 2575 Mission (at 21st St.), 824-3627
When: Fri., May. 4th, 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.

The rundown: Doc's Clock is hosting a customer appreciation day with $1 PBRs, $3 Anchor Steam beers, $3 Fernet shots, and cheese and cheesy snacks, plus free swag, because why not?

Cuatro De Mayo Celebration
Where: Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden (at W. Embarcadero) Oakland, (510) 812-1264
When: Fri., May. 4th, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.

The rundown: Get an early jump on Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Linden Street Brewery with some great beer, La Borinqueña tamales, and live music.

Cinco de Mayo Launch Party
Where: Tres, 130 Townsend (at Second St.), 227-0500
When: Fri., May. 4th, 10 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Cost: $40 advance purchase of bracelet/$50 at door, call to reserve

The rundown: Late night Lucha Libre, all-you-can-eat apps, bottomless margaritas, and music kicks off a full weekend of partying at Tres. Saturday will feature spit roasted Marin Sun Farms meat tacos, shot-and-beer and margarita specials, with Sunday brunch menudo and bottomless margaritas easing the pain.

A drawing of what the Jupiter Olympus folks are building for Sunday's event.

Cinco De Derby - Seersuckers y Sombreros
Where: Elixir Saloon, 3200 16th St. (at Guerrero), 552-1633
When: Sat., May 5, 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.

The rundown: For the efficient party-goer, Elixr is celebrating both Derby and Cinco at the same time with free shots of bourbon or tequila for sporting big hats or sombreros, $8 juleps, $8 margaritas, and $10 BBQ plates.

138th Derby Day
Where: Harry Denton's Starlight Room, 450 Powell (at Sutter),395-8595
When: Sat., May 5, 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Cost: $45, please call to reserve: (415) 395-8595

The rundown: Make run for the roses and mint juleps at this event that encourages you to bring your big hat and seersucker suit, hopefully at the same time. Entry includes a Kentucky style buffet, juleps, live bluegrass music, and prizes for most creative hat.

Hecho en San Francisco
Where: CUESA Kitchen at the Ferry Building (north end, near Gott's formerly Taylor's Refresher)
When: Sat., May 5, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Cost: $55 online

The rundown: The event we're most excited about is the return of the most delicious and thirst quenching collection of Mexican food and drinks, Hecho en San Francisco, all benefiting CUESA and La Cocina. Fresh tortillas heaped high with Tacolicious fillings, beer, tons of sides and bites, along with tequila cocktails make it the fiesta not to miss.

Bartender Relief Fund Cocktail Competition
Where: 200 California Avenue, Treasure Island
When: Sun., May. 6th, 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Cost: $10 at door, $5 drinks and hot dogs

The rundown: Bartenders from the East Bay and SF meet in neutral ground on Treasure Island for bragging rights and to raise money for the Bartenders Relief Fund.

The Touring Pop-up Sideshow Saloon
Where: General Beverage Co., 2413 Harrison (at 20th)
When: Sun., May. 6th, 8 p.m.- 12 a.m.
Cost: Cash bar. No cover, but you must RSVP:

The rundown: The Jupiter Olympus crew turn back the clock for what sounds like an evening of Victorian era drinking and entertainment. With 1850's style sideshow attractions like mermaids, aerial performers, and a hand-cranked automated drink shaker run by Eric Quilty and Morgan Schick. Look for drinks like the The Prince of Humbugs (Hirsch Selection Bourbon, Luxardo Bitter, Blue Bottle Coffee, Luxardo Anisette, Peychaud's Bitters, soda water).

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Location Info



Doc's Clock

2575 Mission, San Francisco, CA

Category: Music

Linden Street Brewery

95 Linden, Oakland, CA

Category: General


130 Townsend, San Francisco, CA

Category: Restaurant

Elixir Saloon

3200 16th St., San Francisco, CA

Category: Music

Harry Denton's Starlight Room

450 Powell, San Francisco, CA

Category: Music

Ferry Building Marketplace

Pier 1 1/2, San Francisco, CA

Category: General

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