The Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail, proud presenter of San Francisco Cocktail Week, was founded in order to preserve the Cultural Heritage of saloons and their cocktails in San Francisco, while also celebrating California’s Culinary Philosophy and Tradition via Special Events, Publications, and Educational Seminars.
San Francisco Cocktail Week is an annual celebration of the Bay Area’s cocktail culture and history featuring bartenders, mixologists, chefs, authors and cocktail experts as presenters and special guests throughout the week. In addition, scores of the Bay Area’s top bars, restaurants and bartenders will welcome guests from near and far to belly up to their bars, enjoy well-crafted cocktails and bend their bartender’s ear about the fine art of mixology in San Francisco.
The third annual San Francisco Cocktail Week celebrates San Francisco’s dynamic cocktail community and welcomes all who enjoy the Bay Area’s dedication to the classics, the creative and the yet-to-be-seen. As a leading region in what many are calling a “cocktail renaissance” our local bars and bartenders look forward to widespread participation in celebrating all things cocktail.
Attendees of all events listed below must be 21 years of age or older.
Monday May 11, 2009
Kick off Party hosted at Le Colonial, 20 Cosmo Place 6:00-9:00 p.m.
$25 tickets via www.snagtickets.com; includes light food and two signature cocktails.
All attendees must be 21 & over, please.
Tuesday May 12, 2009
United States Bartenders Guild National Competition presented by Tres Generaciones at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room
The San Francisco Local Competition starts at 11 am, winner competes in a National Competition, which begins at 5 pm.
For more information about the competition, or for invitations to the event, please contact [email protected]
Confirmed judges include:
- Tony Abou-Ganim, aka The Modern Mixologist and creator of The Cable Car Cocktail
- Livio Lauro, President of the USBG National Guild
- Liam Mayclem, Host of EYE ON THE BAY
- Master of Ceremony Bobbie “G” Gleason of Beam Global.
Industry Appreciation Night featuring Barbary Coast Cocktails Cantina, 580 Sutter Street 9:00 p.m. Attendees of all events must be 21 years of age, or older.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009—World Cocktail Day
Cane Based Spirits and Farmer’s Market Cocktails to Benefit the non-profit operator of the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)
Cocktail demos showcasing some of San Francisco’s most creative bartenders
CUESA Kitchen at the San Francisco Ferry Building 5:30-8:30 p.m., $30.00 via Brown Paper Tickets includes two full cocktails, tastes of all demonstrated cocktails, and passed appetizers prepared by local Bay Area Chefs.
After party to benefit The Museum of the American Cocktail: Elixir Charity Guest Bartending with Special Visiting Guest Bartenders TBA, Elixir, corner of 16th and Guerrero 9:00 p.m
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Bar School—A Day of Education: This isn’t your typical classroom; forget reading, writing, and arithmetic…instead, think ounces, herbs, garnishes, and tinctures. Imbibe Magazine is partnering with San Francisco Cocktail Week in order to coordinate a collection of cocktail, spirits, and bartending focused classes, taught by some of the Bay Area’s leading mixologists and spirits authorities. Classes will be held throughout the City and East Bay. Class topics will range from how to create your own house-made ingredients (taught by Jeff Hollinger of Absinthe Brasserie & Bar and Neyah White of NOPA); batching cocktails for your next cocktail party (taught by H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir); understanding Latin American spirits (taught by Duggan McDonnell of Cantina and local spirits writer Jordan Mackay); learning about the nuances of today’s gin (taught by Jon Santer of Martin Miller’s Gin); distillation 101 (taught on location at Hangar 1 Distillery by Master Distiller, Lance Winters); Charles H. Baker’s contributions to the cocktail world (taught by Erik Atkins of Heaven’s Dog and Slanted Door); and the history of Barbary Coast Cocktails (taught by Carlos Yturria of Rye and Conduit).Various classes, times and locations, please refer to website for details on schedule, tickets, and costs.
Friday, May 15, 2009
World Cocktail Week Happy Hour : Bayou on the Bay Epic Roasthouse and Waterbar, 369 Embarcedero $30.00 via www.snagtickets.com includes featured cocktails and appetizers 5:00-9: 00 p.m. Join us for Friday afternoon cocktails and celebrate Bayou on the Bay as we share a toast to World Cocktail Week and enjoy San Francisco’s best ambiance, swilling at the best cocktails shaken up by some of San Francisco’s world-renowned bartenders. Legendary local mixologists, such as Duggan McDonnell, Jon Santer, Dominic Venegas, H. Joseph Ehrmann, Jeff Hollinger, and Epic Roasthouse’s own Camber Lay will be mixing one-of-a-kind cocktail creations, which they will individually develop for this event. Proceeds from Bayou on the Bay will benefit San Francisco Cocktail Week partners and supporters, the Museum of the American Cocktail, and Tales of the Cocktail, two Big Easy institutions that have helped.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
North Beach Historical Cocktail and Bar Crawl hosted by The Tablehopper, Marcia Gagliardi, Time and starting point TBA; please check back for more information. Admission is free, but there will be a charge for cocktails. To RSVP for this event, please email [email protected], and make sure to include Tablehopper Cocktail Crawl in the subject line or body of the email 2:00-6:00 p.m.
Also on Saturday: Learn to make two spring drinks with acclaimed bartender and author Scott Beattie and hear about small batch distilling from Lou Bustamante of St. George Spirits and Hangar One Vodka. Each guest will have extensive hands-on time with Scott, and instruction includes side recipes, garnish how-to, foams, and rim sugars and salts. Drinks will feature Hangar One Vodka and fresh, seasonal fruit from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Guests will enjoy the drinks they have learned to make–“Rhubarbarella” and “Beau Regards”– and signed copied of Beattie’s book, “Artisanal Cocktails: Drinks Inspired by the Seasons from the Bar at Cyrus” will be for sale. Class is $40 per person, with proceeds benefiting CUESA. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Please party responsibly at Bay to Breakers Sunday Evening: Join Erik Ellestad and Daniel Hyatt as they host “Stomping Through the Savoy” at The Alembic on Haight Street. The Alembic will do away with their regular cocktail menu and replace it with The Savoy Cocktail Book, written by Harry Craddock, 1930. Always wanted to try the original recipe of the Damn-The-Weather Cocktail? Or how about a properly made Apparent Cocktail? Well, here is your chance. Alembic, 1725 Haight Street 6:00 p.m. Admission into The Alembic is free, although guests will be charged for cocktails consumed
Monday, May 18, 2009
Closing Gala Jardinière, 300 Grove Street 6:00-9:00 p.m. $45 via www.snagtickets.com includes appetizers, drinks and a gift bag.
Official Cocktail of San Francisco Cocktail Week: Barbary Flip
1 oz. Sagatiba Velha
¾ oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple
½ oz. Benedictine
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 egg white
Shake all, strain into a champagne coupe, and garnish with three thin-sliced Driscoll Farm Strawberries doused in Angostura Bitters, and Serve.
Guests coming into town can book at Kimpton’s SF hotels (Hotel Palomar, Hotel Monaco, Prescott Hotel, Triton Hotel, Sir Francis Drake, Serrano Hotel, Harbor Court Hotel and Argonaut!) and receive a 20% discount off the best available rate from May 11th through the 19th. Rooms can be booked online, or by calling 1-800-KIMPTON. Booking code: CWK.
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