I talk about Madrone a lot, but how could I not? Every night has it’s own unique draw, so you never know what the crowd’s gonna look like (although for me the main draw is usually a bar stool and cheap whiskey). Perhaps one of the more unlikely nights at this neighborhood watering hole is Tropicana Thursdays where DJ Don Bustamante sets the turntables to “Latin” and FREE Salsa lessons kick off at 9pm. But if you’re like me, you’re probably pretty awkward so you’re gonna need some help loosening up, and that’s where Thursday’s $5 Pisco Sour special comes in.
If you’ve never had a Pisco Sour, it’s kind of like the Peruvian answer to a margarita, except Pisco (a clear Peruvian brandy) doesn’t leave you with quite the tequila hangover. With the rise of Peruvian restaurants and cevicherias in the city like La Mar and Pisco Latin Lounge, the pisco sour is enjoying some time in the spotlight right now. And speaking of La Mar, their bartender who moonlights under the name DJ Apocalypto will be taking turns pouring drinks as well as spinning tunes so you can get your Salsa shaking.
Tropicana Latin Thursdays
$5 Macchu Pisco Sours, FREE Salsa Lessons
Pisco special from 9pm – midnight
Salsa Lessons from 9 – 10pm
Madrone Art Bar
500 Divisadero at Fell Street [Panhandle/Western Addition]
Details at PiscoSourHappyHour.com, Hat tip to Lady Tablehopper who names it her pick of places to have cocktails this week.