Welcome to Wunderbar: Peek inside the underground cocktail bar inspired by Grimm’s fairy tales

Wunderbar opens at Wursthall in San Mateo The Wunderbar may have a private entrance and require reservations, but it's not a speakeasy, says general manager Xian Choy. It's a cozier, more relaxed space. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Amberg) At Wunderbar, descend underground to feel like you're entering a different world. Take a seat in a black-lit nook or cozy banquette, and sip on a storied cocktail. The intimate cocktail bar, located in ...

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The Peninsula’s cure to cocktail conformity: Tiki Thursday at Timber & Salt

Let the master of obscure syrups, sticky citrus and rare rums take you to a faraway island. Brian Matulis strains a mai tai at Timber & Salt in Redwood City. (Photo by Adam Pardee) Every Thursday, Brian Matulis, the bar manager at Timber & Salt in Redwood City, offers his customers a “vacation in a glass.” For one night a week, on “Tiki Thursday,” Matulis serves cocktails of his choosing from the ...

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Beyond margaritas: How San Agus in Palo Alto is crafting a new Mexican cocktail experience.

Beverage director Eusebio Pozos has curated a drink menu featuring spirits made from ‘a diversity of agave,’ a desert spoon shrub AND an edible fungus that grows on corn. A selection of cocktails currently featured at San Agus (from left:) Xochimilco; Central De Abastos; La Merced. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) The vibrant flavors of Mexico City are making their way into your cocktail glass. At San Agus Cocina Urbana & Cocktails, beverage director ...

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650 Restaurant Roundup: Hope for the Nut House? Locals (& Elon Musk) show up for beloved dive bar.

…plus more from the week in Peninsula restaurants: MacArthur Park reopens, Maum chefs depart and Cali Dumpling arrives in Silicon Valley Antonio’s Nut House reopened at 321 California Ave. in Palo Alto in late June with new outdoor seating. (Photo by Elena Kadvany) As the last week has shown, it continues to be an era of uncertainty in the Peninsula restaurant scene. Restaurants regularly close and then re-open…and then close again as ...

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The alchemist of Belmont bottles the world

Davorin Kuchan updates traditional Croatian recipes with California ingredients in Old World Spirits’ high-octane elixirs by Kasia Grobelny Davorin Kuchan at his Old World Spirits distillery in Belmont. (Photo by Charles Russo) Growing up in Croatia around his family’s vineyard just north of Zagreb, Davorin Kuchan found himself drawn to the incendiary end of the family business: high-octane spirits distilled from grapes, plums, walnuts and pears. “I liked winemaking, but I loved distilling,” says the ...

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Finding new meaning in the negroni at Peninsula bars

Negroni Week is a real holiday or, if not, at least it raises real money for charitable causes. It started Monday and runs through this Sunday (June 5–11) so you have ample time to join the fun. Luckily, with the SF Peninsula’s craft cocktail scene flaring up, plenty of local bars and restaurants are joining in. While the classic drink has but three ingredients (Campari, gin, vermouth), we found a few that ...

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Cheap Eats and $5 Cocktails At These Redwood City Happy Hours

Colorful cocktail options at LV Mar via IG: lvmarrwc The after-work crowds may be more visible on Mountain View’s compact Castro Street but Redwood City may have Silicon Valley’s most cocktail-centric downtown. The last few years have seen several bars open up with an emphasis on craft mixology while new and old restaurants are refreshing their bar menus and happy hour offerings. The Six Fifty likes to highlight what’s new and unique but ...

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