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June 18, 2019

The classic Negroni. Photo by Wes Rowe.

Negroni Week returns June 24th-30th, and it’s also the 100-year anniversary of the Negroni! 103 bars and restaurants have already signed up in San Francisco and pledged to donate a portion of proceeds for every Negroni, specialty Campari cocktail, or Negroni-inspired item to charity. While my inbox is inundated with info, here are a few unique items that caught my eye—check the website for all the listings of participating bars and restaurants.

Locanda is hosting a party on Monday June 24th with guest bartenders and unlimited snacks! VIP 6pm $60, GA 7pm $45. All proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry.

Elixir is serving a Negroni Fog: salted sweet vermouth whipped cream over a stirred gin and Campari base. Karl the Fog should approve.

—Let them eat cake! Bluestem Brasserie will be offering a Negroni cake ($10 per slice), an orange chiffon cake soaked with Negroni syrup, Negroni sabayon filling, and blood orange Campari buttercream created by consulting pastry chef Lori Baker. Proceeds from the Negroni cake will be donated to Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation.

Perbacco is bringing back their famed Negroni popcorn, and they will also be featuring an olive oil semifreddo with blood orange, Campari granita, compressed fennel, and Castelvetrano shortbread. So clever! Proceeds will benefit Muttville.

On Sunday June 30th, there is a fundraiser event for one of our most beloved people in the cocktail community, Aurora Siegel, who is currently battling breast cancer (FUCK CANCER!). There are amazing auction items, raffle prizes and 100 percent of all drink sales will go directly to Aurora. Please come with a generous wallet and a bunch of friends to support this amazing woman who has given so much to our community. Thanks for spreading the word.

If you can’t make it (it’s Pride Sunday, so that’s gonna be tough for some), you can still support by donating to her GoFundMe page, thank you! Aurora is such a magnificent woman with the biggest heart, let’s match her bright, loving light. 4pm-8pm. Hotsy Totsy Club, 601 San Pablo Ave, Albany.

May 21, 2019

The new Wilkommen indoor beer garden from Black Hammer. Instagram photo by @whatchiueating via Facebook.


A happy crowd at Here’s How. Photo via Facebook.

Now open in the Castro is ~WILKOMMEN~, an indoor beer garden from SoMa’s Black Hammer Brewing, serving 10 of their beers, plus local ciders, hard kombucha, and a full food menu (including sausage from Rosamunde, fries, potato salad, pretzels, and a daily roast salad, sandwich, or plate). There are high ceilings, plenty of plants, and picnic tables (outdoor seating is coming as well). Come by for lunch or dinner and a pint. Read more on Hoodline. Open 11:30am-11pm, and until 12am Fri-Sat. 2198 Market St. at Sanchez.

Congrats to Jennifer Colliau, the talented bartender (she opened several bars in the Bay Area, including The Interval, Hard Water, and The Perennial, and was part of the Slanted Door Group for nearly a decade) and creator behind Small Hands Foods—she has now opened her first bar called ~HERE’S HOW~ in Uptown Oakland. Expect modern techniques but no pretension—she’s made sure guests can see what goes into making craft cocktails, from watching ice being cut in the open prep room to cocktails being carbonated and canned. The cocktails are sophisticated yet fun, and yay, affordable too, check the menu. Look for beer, wine, and intensely cold and bubbly sodas too.

There’s also a global menu of elevated snacks, from popcorn shrimp popcorn to Peruvian ceviche to a crunchy fried chicken sandwich—and the kitchen is open until 11:30pm Sun-Thu and until 12:30am Fri-Sat! The bar is open Sun-Thu 4pm-12am and Fri-Sat until 1am. 1780 Telegraph Ave. at 18th St., Oakland.

Congrats to Kayoko Akabori and Yoko Kumano of ~UMAMI MART~, who have opened a new location in Temescal for their Japanese bar shop, which finally has a tasting room (a six-seat bar) so you can sample their well-chosen Japanese sakes, beers, and shochus. And then you can peruse their shelves of glassware and decide what you want to use at home as a conduit to drink that bottle you’re getting. Look for future events too! Open Wed-Sun 12pm-7pm; the Umami Mart Bar will be open Fri-Sun. 4027 Broadway at 40th St., Oakland. [Via Eater.]