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January 2010

SF Bar Crawl for Haiti Relief on January 19

What: Cocktail Fundraiser Benefiting the Red Cross and Earthquake Victims in Haiti. Each bar will have special cocktails for the night with all proceeds from those cocktails going to the Red Cross. When: Tuesday January 19, 2010 5 to 7 p.m. at Rickhouse 7 to 9 p.m. at Cantina 9 to closing at Rye Where: Rickhouse (246 Kearney St. at Bush St., 415-398-2827) Cantina (580 Sutter St. at Mason St., 415-398-0195) Rye (688 Geary at Leavenworth, 415-474-4448) Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=253580102871 Read more →

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How to Make Clear Ice, The Hard Way

Darcy over at ArtofDrink.com has taken up pursuit of clear ice. In his first post, he noted something that I did not consider and that could be very helpful. As the ice increases in thickness it begins to corral all of the impurities into the center of the block. Dissolved air and unfiltered water will cause a cloudy core, but impurities are not the main reason why ice cubes are rarely crystal clear. This expansion pressure is what makes ice cloudy in the center, not minerals and other debris. The visual flaws are caused by fractures in the ice when... Read more →

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Up in your Internet

Oh hai. I've been writing a lot of stuff lately on this new fangled thing called the internet. I did a few things for Tasting Table, like this piece on bartenders swapping out whisky in drinks for mezcal and this other one on where to get a good cocktail during the day in San Francisco. For the national edition of Tasting Table I wrote about where you can buy a whole barrel of booze. There are a whole lot more places to buy a whole barrel listed at this Liquor.com article that came out a few days earlier. I didn't... Read more →

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A Two-Bar Opening Weekend in San Francisco, and a Restaurant with Cocktails on Monday

Two bars will open in San Francisco on Saturday January 16th. One is The Residence, on the site of Amber (and Zodiac before that). I don't have too much information about it, but the clues so far are classic drinks and cocktails with tea. The Residence. 718 14th Street at Church. The other is John Collins Lounge, which is closing in its old location and moving to another. I don't have any information about the new space other than its address, which is below. John Collins. 138 Minna Street at New Montgomery. Bonus opening! On Monday January 18th, Credo opens... Read more →

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SF Bar Preview: Bar Agricole

Bar Agricole, the South of Market bar and restaurant by Thad Vogler, looks like it's on track to open in May after many months of delays. Vogler is behind many bar programs and consulting projects including the Slanted Door and Beretta in San Francisco, Bardessono in the wine country, and Camino in Oakland. Vogler and collaborator Eric Johnson (currently bartending at Delarosa) gave me a tour this weekend. Bar agricole will be located at 355 11th Street, right next door to the live music venue Slim's. The building is sheathed in corrugated metal, and designed and updated by Matarozzi/Pelsinger Builders.... Read more →

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