Things to do for April 03, 2008

The Weekender

The Weekend Starts Here

The weekend says to play ball.

Thursday
Flight Night at Absinthe
THURSDAY HALLUCINATIONS

Flight Night at Absinthe

Jeff Hollinger's bar is living up to its name by featuring the green-eyed monster. Compare three different producers—and test out which one has you seeing things first.

411: Apr 3, 7pm-midnight, Absinthe, 398 Hayes St (at Gough), 415-551-1590

Friday
Lower Haight Gallery Crawl
FRIDAY BOOZY ART

Lower Haight Gallery Crawl

Check out local art and pick up some threads at D-Structure, Lower Haters and Upper Playground's FIFTY24SF Gallery. Also check out the ever-important gratis cocktails. It's a win-win.

411: Apr 4, 7pm, starting at D-Structure, 520 Haight St (at Fillmore)

Friday
XYZ's Green Cocktail Mixer
FRIDAY GREEN DRINKING

XYZ's Green Cocktail Mixer

You're all for extending a good thing, so with Earth Day on the 22nd, spend the month drinking handcrafted organic cocktails, organic beers and biodynamic wines while eating free organic bar bites. We call that drinking responsibly.

411: Through Apr 30, Monday through Friday, 5:30-7:30pm, XYZ Bar at the W Hotel, 181 Third St (at Howard), 415-777-5300

Saturday
Winemaking for a Day
SATURDAY WINEMAKING

Winemaking for a Day

We don't recommend giving up your day job, but this four-hour glimpse into the life of a winemaker—complete with breakfast in the gardens, a vineyard tour and the chance to mix your own Private Reserve bottle—might inspire a decent side gig.

411: Apr 5, 9:30am-12:30pm, Copia, 500 First St, Napa, 707-259-1600, $115

Monday
Jack Falstaff's New Baseball Menu
MONDAY OPENER

Jack Falstaff's New Baseball Menu

The next best thing to being at a Giants game is watching it at Jack Falstaff and snacking on Prime Beef Mini Burgers and Duck Confit Empanadas, washed down by $5 beers or a drink—try The Closer (Gin,Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Triple Sec, Coke and Lemonade).

411: Apr 7 (every home game this season), 11:30am-2pm, 5:30-10pm, Jack Falstaff, 598 Second St (at Brannan), 415-836-9239

Monday
Bartender Contest at Rye
MONDAY MIX

Bartender Contest at Rye

It's like Iron Chef for spirits—taste what 10 of the city's top bartenders can do with a "surprise" spirit—complete with complimentary food and drink. This Monday's spirit is a northern Italian winter wheat grain spirit. Sounds healthy...

411: Apr 7, 7:30pm, Rye, 688 Geary St (at Leavenworth), 415-786-7803

Wednesday
Junk Food Wine Pairing at Maverick
WEDNESDAY ODD COUPLE

Junk Food Wine Pairing at Maverick

Cool Ranch Doritos and carne asada tacos aren't your usual wine pairing fare (but we're not complaining). Come see what varietals Maverick's Wine Director Mike Pierce will bring to the table, and take notes for future home-based impressive entertaining.

411: Apr 9, 5:30-6:30pm, Maverick, 3316 17th St (between Valencia and Mission) 415-863-3061, $35

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