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July 30, 2019
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The bar at Little Creatures. Photo: Grace Sager.

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Part of the dining area. Photo: Grace Sager.

Now open in Mission Bay is a microbrewery and restaurant from Australian craft brewery ~LITTLE CREATURES~. There are 36 taps (24 behind the bar, 6 in the Brew Lab, and 6 in the To-Go Café for crowler takeaway), featuring beers brewed exclusively on-site by head brewer Dennis Stewart, and beers imported from Australia, plus an all-day menu from chef Ian De Leoz and weekend brunch. It’s in the middle of all the action, adjacent to Oracle Park and near the Golden State Warriors Sports and Entertainment Center.

They’re opening with their flagship range (pale ale, session ale, original pils), and XPA, Rogers, Bright Ale, and the James Squire Orchard Crush Cider, and will soon be adding a number of rotating offerings, guest taps, and collaborative brews. There are also wines on tap (from American, Australian and New Zealand producers).   De Leoz’s menu includes Aussie wedges (seasoned and battered russet potatoes) served with sour cream and sweet chile sauce; Turkish bread with dukkah, hummus, and olive oil; lamb ribs with gochujang, scallion, and sesame; plus a fried chicken sandwich; beer- steamed Salt Springs mussels with Little Creatures pale ale and chorizo; and pizzas, like a Margherita, forest mushroom, or merguez with lamb sausage, ricotta, mozzarella, red onion, and arugula. Open Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun brunch 9am-2:30pm and open all day until 11pm. One Mission Bay, 1000A 3rd St. at Channel, 415-870-9082.

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Spring CUESA cocktails. Photo: Amanda Lynn Photography.

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The chic and clean design of DecantSF. Photo: Joseph Weaver.

A quick round of shots: Ripe: Summer Cocktails of the Farmers Market is on Wednesday August 7th to benefit CUESA. Plan for a night of peak-season drinks from 13 of the Bay Area’s most talented bartenders in the iconic Ferry Building’s Grand Hall (plus some market-fresh bites). There will be peaches!

Save on tickets when you bring your friends! Tickets: $60. With the Party Pack ticket option, you’ll unlock a $5 discount per ticket when you purchase 4 or more tickets.

Want to learn more about wine? Check out the lineup of events happening at the new ~DECANTSF~ in SoMa, from a Back to Basics class to SOMMSundays with guest sommeliers for weekly, winemaker-led seminars featuring wine flights and bottle specials.

Co-founders and sommeliers Cara Patricia and Simi Grewal are also partnering with executive chef Jessie Lugo of nearby ALX for the first event of their Female Chef Food and Wine series on Friday August 9th, 6:30pm-8pm. Live cooking demo (of a vegetarian dish), bites, conversation, and pairings; $34.

July 16, 2019
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You can now get a cocktail to go with your video game at The Detour. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Over in the Castro, Brewcade has finished its expansion into the former Botellón space, and has revealed its new name, ~THE DETOUR~ (yes, it’s in homage to the amazing gay bar that used to be up the street, which would surround you in loud house music, with a chain link fence in the middle that I recall climbing at some point, circa 1999). Owner Shawn Vergara remembers The Detour fondly (don’t we all!), and wanted to revive the name; his co-owner is his sister Tiffny Vergara Chung, and they are behind Blackbird as well.

The new location is now twice the size, with twice the number of video games, plus a full bar and kitchen. Brewcade was just focused on beers, but now you’ll find a range of cocktails, from the refreshing to more spiritous, with some batched cocktails to make things move quickly at the bar, and a cocktail cart roving around the room, so you don’t have to leave your game.

The menu includes snacky bites like wings and fries ($6-$12), and a couple hearty salads, but the unexpected winner is a juicy lemongrass beef sandwich ($17) with slaw and spicy mayo (it comes with their tasty fries). You’ll also find a couple other sandwiches and a trio of pizzas ($13-$17).

This week is the soft opening. Open Mon-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 12pm-12am. 2200 Market St. B at Sanchez.

Over in North Beach, ~THE SHOWDOWN~ has opened in the former Tamarind Hall from The Pour Guys (Tempest, Louie’s, and Connecticut Yankee). It has a classic saloon atmosphere, with a pool table added, and there’s a kitchen serving dishes that go beyond the usual bar food, like duck fat popcorn, Tempest potato skins, a variety of seasonal fruit dishes (like summer melon with Espelette, sea salt, and olive oil), salads, and larger dishes, including a burger, Thai chicken banh mi, and drunken noodles. Open daily 12pm-2am; kitchen Mon-Tue 3pm-1am, Wed-Sun 12pm-1am. 1268 Grant Ave. at Vallejo.

July 2, 2019
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A beet Moscow Mule at Piccino. Instagram photo via @piccinosf.

Congrats to Eric Ochoa, Alvaro Rojas, and Jay De Natale on getting their beautiful ~ELDA~ open in the former Bar San Pancho in the Mission. It’s a tropical oasis (designed by ROY), with pan-Latin and Caribbean cocktails and food (from sikil pak with vegetables to carnitas tacos), plus natural wines and local beers. I was hoping to swing by before this week’s issue to check it out and give you some firsthand details, but someone was buried with too many deadlines last week (halp!). Take a peek at the Eater post for some pretty pics. Open daily 4pm-2am. 3198 16th St. at Guerrero.

~PICCINO~’s full liquor license is in full swing, with a list of cocktails, a selection of amari, and a short list of whiskey, Cognac, and other spirits. You can enjoy their Bloody Mary at brunch, with San Marzano tomatoes, Espelette pepper, and a skewer of garden pickles from Piccino Fields. They’re going to be building out a full bar in the building next door as part of a new casual eatery exclusively focused on pizza and drinks, slated to open before the end of this year! I’ll have more on that soon.

July is here, which means it’s a great time to book a table for lunch or dinner at ~ONE MARKET~ to celebrate Women in Wine! All month long (July 1st-31st), One Market will feature over 100 wines by female winemakers, growers, and owners for 50 percent off, curated by sommelier and wine director Tonya Pitts. I recommend coming in on a Friday or Saturday for their excellent prime rib, prix-fixe dinner, with a Pt. Reyes blue cheese wedge salad, and their Market Street ($47.95) or bone-in cut ($55.95) of rotisserie, wood-fired prime rib (served with creamed spinach, horseradish cream, and a popover). Add one of their Singular Sensation desserts for just $4.95 more (Bradley’s butterscotch pudding, duh).

They are also collaborating with La Cocina vendor Aedan Fermented Foods on a four-course menu available à la carte for lunch and dinner, with 10 percent of prix-fixe proceeds donated to La Cocina.

Bourbon fans, you can kick off the holiday weekend at this bourbon and beer tasting happening on the rooftop of the Hotel VIA on Wednesday July 3rd. There will be barbecue available as well, and bluegrass. Tickets and more details here. 5:30pm-8pm. 138 King St. at 2nd St.