San Francisco bartenders like nothing better than to celebrate the city with a cocktail in hand, and they do so annually during San Francisco Cocktail Week, this year held from Sept. 21-27. Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail (BCCAC) organizes and hosts the event, celebrating the first Barbary Coast Era of barmen such as Duncan Nicol, Jerry Thomas and Bill Boothby. "The World's First Cocktail Week" is produced entirely by volunteers and will showcase the variety and depth of San Francisco's liquid culture.
The BCCAC, a not-for-profit organization co-founded by H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir), Jeff Hollinger (Comstock Saloon) and Duggan McDonnell (Cantina), is dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of saloons and their cocktails in San Francisco while also celebrating California's culinary philosophy and traditions with special events, publications and educational seminars.
San Francisco Cocktail Week kicks off Sept. 21 with the formal dedication of the Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, the new home of the Conservancy and future hub of beverage education in San Francisco. The week's festivities continue through Sept. 27, with events including the Farmer's Market Happy Hour, a Barbary Coast-era card and gaming night co-presented by Cocktail Lab, an under-the-sun Cocktail Cookout and the Gala and Cocktail Carnival co-presented by The Bon Vivants, replete with circus and burlesque acts and more punch than anyone can swill. And there’s much, much more — find out at http://sfcocktailweek.com/site/.