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May 2010

A Peek at the New Clock Bar Menu

Clock Bar in San Francisco will be launching a new seasonal menu soon (probably Monday), with some great looking drinks on it. Here's a look at what to look forward to. (Subject to change.) I already tried the Carl and it was delicious. I bolded my favorite parts. BERRY SEASON / MAY-SEPTEMBER SOFIA’S KISS ............................................................... 12 lavender-infused vodka, yellow chartreuse, st. germain elderflower liqueur, fresh blueberries, peychaud’s bitters, fresh lemon served up with lavender SHORTEST STRAW....................................................... 12 bulleit bourbon, orange shrub, rose-geranium sugar, fresh strawberries served short over ice TENNESSEE SOUR SMASH......................................... 14 george dickel sour mash whiskey, fresh blackberries,... Read more →

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The Comstock Saloon is Looking Good

Scheduled to open on May 20th in San Francisco is the Comstock Saloon, the restaurant and bar by Jonny Raglin and Jeff Hollinger of Absinthe. The website is looking good and now has a sample menu (PDF) available for viewing. (I've also pasted it below the jump.) The physical space is looking great too, although it's hard to photograph to show the layout. (The bar, stocked with vintage glassware for people seated at the bar on the right, and regular glassware on the left. ) (Side view of the bar. Vintage mechanical ceiling fans above. Booths are across from the... Read more →

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Sneak Peek of the Burritt Room in the Crescent Hotel in San Francisco

Scheduled to open on May 27th in the Crescent Hotel in San Francisco is the new bar Burritt Room. I had a peek at the very-much-still-under-construction space. The hotel is located a couple doors down from the Stockton Tunnel, but was built before the tunnel in 1910. It was recently renovated into a boutique hotel with rooms going for as little as $89/night- quite a bargain for something so close to Union Square. The bar is on the second floor but was originally the hotel lobby. In the process of preparing the room they had to pull off four layers... Read more →

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Show your Shaker Face at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Have you seen the Shaker Faces website? It's where bartenders show off their shakes. No, not "the shakes," but their cocktail shaking technique. It's a good time. So far the majority of featured bartenders featured on the site are from San Francisco, but if you're a bartender who'll be in New York for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic you'll have the chance to even out the geography. As you can see in the image above, the studio is open 12PM - 2PM Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday during the Manhattan Cocktail Classic at the Chinatown Brasserie at 380 Lafayette Street. As to... Read more →

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Cocktails to Pair with your Steak Sauce

I receive zillions of lousy recipes from PR companies (three four paired to the new Sex and the City movie today alone) and I don't post most of them. But every so often one actually has interesting ingredients or makes me laugh. Chopin vodka has a new "steak and potatoes" recipe campaign, but instead of pairing cocktails to steak they pair them to steak sauce. I suppose as a vegetarian I should be thrilled, as I can just dump the steak sauce on tofu and whip up the same drinks. The recipes are below the jump. CHOPIN VODKA INTRODUCES “STEAK... Read more →

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Come See Me at the MCC (Or on your computer)

I'll be speaking on a panel about social media at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic early next week in New York. Bartenders, Bloggers, and Brands Event Date: 5/18/2010, 12:15 pm - 1:45 PM The Study at Astor Center, 399 Lafayette at East 4th Street with Lindsey Johnson, Jason Littrell, Camper English, and TBD Blogger This panel will explore how social media can best benefit everyone in the liquor industry. Lindsey, the CEO of Lush Life Productions- the leader in digital media creation in the liquor industry- will explain the best practices for brands as they take their first steps in this... Read more →

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