State Sen. Mark Leno’s reasonable proposal to let cities extend their bar hours until 4 a.m. was killed without even making it out of committee. His critics had levied dire warnings about waves of drunkards all hitting the streets at 4 a.m. But that’s precisely what Leno’s proposal would help prevent. Read More
New self-checkout kiosks in San Francisco grocery stores could soon become alcohol-free.Supervisor Eric Mar introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit the sale of alcohol at such machines. Instead, the transaction would have to be conducted the old-fashioned way, with a human being. He said the bill is meant to prohibit the sale of alcohol to minors. Read More
Friday nightEating Food: Satisfying comfort food is on the menu at Cinderella Russian Bakery and Cafe on Balboa Street. Don’t miss the delicious soups and dumplings. Drinking Meet Your Mixologist: Firenze by Night bartender and host Chris Tocchini is happy to serve his longtime North Beach establishment’s clientele, a blend of tourists and regulars. On the town Read More
In an effort to curb unruly behavior that has plagued the Zazzle Bay to Breakers footrace in the past, organizers and city officials plan to operate several “sobering tents” along the route to detain drunken revelers.
Sam Singer, a spokesman for the event, said drinkers would be taken to the tents as an alternative to going to jail. Officials say the race has put too much stress on The City’s jails and hospitals. Read More
Mary Bier’s memories of her nephew, Jonny, are painful ones. The once-vibrant 19-year-old changed, she said, when he was allowed to start drinking at his family home in Pacifica.
“I watched it change my nephew,” she said. “The light disappeared from his eyes when he started drinking and using drugs … I loved that kid.” Read More
Christmas may be over but San Francisco law enforcement expects that some folks will still be celebrating – and then taking the party on the road. A sobriety checkpoint will be set up Sunday night from 8:30 p.m. until about 1 a.m. Monday -- at an undisclosed location in The City. All vehicles may be stopped and checked, and anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be arrested. Read More
It’s a Saturday night in San Francisco and a well-heeled downtown diner scans a listing of 1,200 wines, searching for the perfect homegrown pairing to complement her Kobe beef roulade.
Nearby, in North Beach, a night of beer pong, strip clubs and fisticuffs has landed a group of young men in police custody. And from the Mission to the Marina, people are swilling everything from Thai basil-infused soju to Pabst Blue Ribbon. Read More