Welcome to my new series: Is It Worth It?
The San Francisco Bay Area is f*#%ing expensive. The U.S.’s most expensive rental market accordingly supports exorbitant fees for cocktail events, classes, and other entertainment.
Weighing cost against value is therefore as common as ordering a drink for the frugal cocktail enthusiast.
While I cannot personally investigate all options ($100 intro-level classes are out of my purview, for example) I am pleased to share my assessment of assorted classes and events.
Our inaugural event is one of my very favorites and its next iteration is coming up next week. Continue reading
March’s atypical concentration of cocktail classes has let up slightly, but April has brought its own set of interesting options for alcoholic education in the Bay Area.
WorkshopSF has two upcoming (and irreverent) booze classes:
- Whiskey Picks Not Whiskey Dicks: Pickling With Beer And Booze $60
- Hooch 101: Let’s Have A TIKI! $60 (I’ve learned under Gillian Fitzgerald before. her classes are approachable, no-nonsense, and often have a dance-off segment. An easy tiki recipe from that class has become a household favorite. This class would be a fascinating complement to a Smugglers Cove education, since I suspect Gillian is teaching from a standpoint of accessibility, affordability, and deliciousness as opposed to a stringent adherence to two-pricey-rums-and-three-fresh-juices perspective.)
The Beverage Academy keeps on teachin’ on with $95-$100 classes on 101 mixology, Scotch whisky, and American whiskey.
The Burrit Room + Tavern is launching a Sunday Spirits series. The inaugural event focuses on whiskey and costs $35.
Alchemy Bottle Shop has an Intro to Sherry class for $35 coming up on April 27.
Whitechapel, the innovative gin bar beloved of this blog, is kicking up the instructional component of its ambitious Polk Street Irregulars club, partner to Smugglers Cove’s Rumbustion Society, with PSI Sunday School starting May 30 for $30. This is the first of several classes, each covering a segment of the PSI drinking list.