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Food & Drink

Tea-Totaling

Social drinking? Love it.

Except sometimes. Like the time you told your boyfriend’s mom about your penchant for prescription pills. Or when you hit on your boss at the holiday party.

But it was the night you publicly peed on yourself that really caused a stir.

In your case, you’d best hightail it to Samovar Tea Lounge for some mood-boosting, booze-free libations. Owner Jesse Jacobs promises a warm, happy glow after an hour or so of sipping and yapping over fine artisanal teas at the new Tuesday tastings. And he won’t turn his nose up when you can’t tell the difference between Oolong and green.

What he will do is introduce you to the mind-expanding world of tea varietals (Maiden’s Ecstasy Pu-erh, anyone?). The experience includes an informative dose of Tea 101 along with the tea tender’s choice of three different teas, selected for their uniqueness, taste, and seasonality — all for just ten dollars.

And to keep the good feeling flowing, Samovar’s tea comes from small family farms across the world. So relax, drink, and be merry.

Just not too merry.


Samovar Tea Lounge, 498 Sanchez Street, at 18th Street (415-626-4700 or samovartea.com); Tuesday tea tastings are by appointment only.