Fifth Floor Cocktails
What: Bartender Brian Means (Zero Zero) launches his first list, with complex yet accessible libations. Try the cinnamony Boston Tea Party; Commodore’s cocktail bubble (a.k.a. adult gusher); or Sparrows in the City (above), a riff on the classic pink lady made with pisco and topped with egg whites and a pretty little birdie from atomized bitters.
Why: A drink’s name is worth a thousand words. Saddle up to the bar to get the stories behind the monikers from charming (and, ahem, single) Means.
When: Mon.-Sat., 5 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 12 4th St., b/t Market & Mission Sts. (415-348-1555).
Alice + Olivia
What: Join blogger Blair Edie of Atlantic-Pacific and Chandon to inaugurate the SF locale of one of our favorite designers.
Why: Bottomless champagne, Sweet Lauren Cakes cake pops, and jams by DJ Ry Toast.
When: Tonight, 6-8 p.m.
Where: 2259 Fillmore St., at Clay St. (415-813-2805).
Upper Stuff Grand Opening Party
What: Stuff (the Mission’s favorite antiques and vintage collective) effectively doubles in size by expanding to its upstairs and celebrates accordingly with a Studio 54-themed blowout.
Why: You’ve got disco fever.
When: Fri., 5-10 p.m.
Where: 150 Valencia St., b/t McCoppin St. & Duboce Ave. (415-864-2988).
What: The boys behind go-to destination Naked Lunch (not to mention next-door Txoko) go nudie on brunch starting this weekend, with rotating Benedicts, house sangria, and 4505 chicharrones.
Why: Pain de mie French toast with blood orange conserva; Spanish tortilla with piquillo peppers, spinach, and creme fraiche; seared tombo tuna salad; and fresh cinnamon rolls.
When: Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 504 Broadway, at Kearny St. (415-577-4951).
Sidesaddle Kitchen Vegan Desserts Class
What: Learn the secrets to tasty sweets (pies, truffles, and puddings) free of animal products from the Kitchen’s lovable Laura Miller.
Why: Raw, vegan, not gross. Promise.
When: Sat., noon-2:30 p.m. & 3:30-6 p.m.
Where: Workshop, 1798 McAllister St., at Baker St. (415-874-9186). Tickets ($46) online at etix.com.
Dialogue Dinner Series at Atelier Crenn
What: Chef Dominique Crenn invites Miles Watson of Pure Berlin for a culinary collaboration/conversation in the form of eleven courses (five from each side and a final course prepared equally).
Why: Let’s talk about food, baby.
When: Mar. 28 & 29. Seatings start at 6 p.m.
Where: 3127 Fillmore St., b/t Greenwich & Filbert Sts. (415-440-0460). Tickets ($300) online at brownpapertickets.com.
Taste of the Nation
What: Sample 45 of the city’s best restaurants, wineries, and bars (Park Tavern, The Monk’s Kettle, Smuggler’s Cove).
Why: All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Three Squares and Children of Shelters.
When: Mar. 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: The Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St., at Sacramento St. (877-268-2783). Tickets ($95) online at strength.org.
Photo: Courtesy of Fifth Floor