Things to do for July 30, 2009

The Weekender

Friday Night Brats, Drinking Games and Tequila Cocktails

The weekend is back and better then ever.

Barneys New York Warehouse Sale

Barneys New York Warehouse Sale

Today marks the first time the Super Bowl of sample sales—the New York blowout that is the Barneys warehouse sale—lands in SF. Go early to beat the masses and get 50 to 75 percent off Paul Smith, Steven Alan and other brands that sound like gentlemen.

Times vary, July 30-Aug 9, Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion, Marina Blvd, 415-268-3497

BBQ Brats and Riesling at Biondivino

BBQ Brats and Riesling at Biondivino

When we heard about two unlikely forces—a hot dog cart and Italian wine shop—throwing a Germany-centric party in Russian Hill, we were skeptical. Until we learned it's all-you-can-eat brats from Let's Be Frank and all-you-can-drink Rieslings from Biondivino. Consider it pre-Oktoberfest training.

$10, 6-8pm, July 31, Biondivino, 1415 Green St, 415-673-2320

Ame Wine Challenge

Ame Wine Challenge

With a 400-deep wine list at the ready, Ame's new drinking game might test your blind tasting skills…slightly. You'll get a flight of three anonymous wines and the names of three grapes. Match all three correctly, and your wine's on the house. Whatever happens, you can always get a rematch.

$25, nightly, Aug 1-31, Ame, 689 Mission St (at 3rd), 415-284-4040

Two-Year Anniversary Dinner at Spruce

Two-Year Anniversary Dinner at Spruce

It's hard to believe that this mainstay is only two years old. Celebrate with bubbly followed by a three-course wine-pairing dinner, with dishes like guinea hen wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon. Then stop by the bar for your usual Spruce Goose (also known as your two-year habit).

$75 (includes wine), Spruce, 3640 Sacramento St (at Spruce), 415-931-5000

Mixing Contest at Rye

Mixing Contest at Rye

Since you've had your share of drinks at 15 Romolo or Bourbon & Branch, you'll recognize some of the bartenders behind the bar at Rye who are competing to win Monday's tequila-mixing competition. Be the judge as you taste their creations, along with a few gratis cocktails, and let's call Monday the new Friday.

7:30pm, Aug 3, Rye, 688 Geary St (at Leavenworth), 415-786-7803

BBQ Tuesdays at Mission Beach Cafe

BBQ Tuesdays at Mission Beach Cafe

MBC's Pot Pie Tuesdays got you through a long, gray winter. And now that the calendar reads July, their BBQ Tuesdays—with dishes like smoked ribs, grilled salmon and the bacon beach burger—will get you through a long, gray summer. One barbeque Tuesday at a time…

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