Trick Dog declassifies their secret 7th menu

Trick Dog declassifies their secret 7th menu

Just a day after their 3rd anniversary Trick Dog (3010 20th Street, San Francisco) has launched their 7th menu. Each menu release from this award-winning bar team comes with more hype than the last and the latest highly anticipated menu is filled with secrets. Burn after reading. They completely change everything about the menu from concept to design of the actual print-work and a 100% overhaul of every cocktail they serve. Many great bars go with the…

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Culinary Cocktails with Fortify, by Spring 44

Culinary Cocktails with Fortify, by Spring 44

A recent competition was held in San Francisco introducing a brand spanking new product from Spring 44 Distillery (Loveland, Colorado) They’ve released an apéritif called Fortify. A bitter liqueur that has a depth that exceeds many others in the category. This ruby liqueur has tart cherry and bitter citrus on the front palate. Clove, ginger, faint oak and burnt orange zest come out in the middle. The finish is dry with distinct wild flower honey notes. I…

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16 Bartenders Share Their Post Work Cure to a Hard Shift

16 Bartenders Share Their Post Work Cure to a Hard Shift

Hospitality service is an unforgiving sport, an elegant battle. Like any all-encompassing profession we go into big nights of service with the intention to ‘win’. That is, to work together as an efficient team to make guests feel like they got great value for their money spent and a desire to eagerly return. One of the great unseen pressures of the job is feeling responsible for the happiness of an entire room of paying patrons….

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The Golden State of Cocktails, in 3 drinks

The Golden State of Cocktails, in 3 drinks

Matt Grippo is an East Coast transplant. He is a Bartender and the General Manager of Blackbird Bar in San Francisco. A traveller and purveyor of rare products, Matt is on a quest to take the pretension out of cocktails. He just joined the justcocktails cadre! Here he reports back from The Golden State of Cocktails, hosted in San Francisco on September 22/23 2014:  At Blackbird we were lucky enough to host a handful of Golden State competitions…

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Traveling Bartender: BlackBird Bar SF

Traveling Bartender: BlackBird Bar SF

Shawn Vergara’s BlackBird Bar located at 2124 Market Street in San Francisco is worth more than just a visit. *Muni Metro Church Street Station is the nearest train stop and is just feet from the bar. If it’s a lovely day, I recommend walking up Market street from the Civic Center/UN Plaza BART station. BlackBird is one of my favorite bars in San Francisco and dare I say it, very underrated. There are few cities where a…

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