These Bay Area Bars & Restaurants are Raising Funds for Ukraine

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We are a month in to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and from all reports, it’s pretty terrible. Millions of people have been displaced and hundreds, if not thousands, have been killed. It’s an absolute humanitarian crisis and Russia has been officially declared as committing war crimes.

There is no doubt that western media outlets are focusing WAY more on this than other humanitarian crises throughout the world, and there are a lot of reasons for this including: racism, US imperialism, and the fact that Russia has nukes. None of that takes away from the fact that there are millions of people who need help, and the Bay Area has very large population of folks originally from Ukraine. Luckily, there’s still a nice smattering of and bars and restaurants stepping up to raise money for people who need the help.

Below are the things people sent to me on social media and I’m mostly cutting and pasting. Shout out to Nils at The Belle Cora for giving me the idea to do this list.

If you know of more bars and restaurants raising money for Ukraine, please leave them in the comments

One Off Events:

Friday, 3/26 @ 1015 Folsom

With the tragic events that are occurring, the team came together and decided we’d like to help. In coordination with Breakbot, DJ Dials, and all involved our March 25th event will see 100% of proceeds being donated to support humanitarian efforts for Ukraine refugees! The money will be donated to United Help Ukraine

This is one especially meaningful to 1015 Folsom and family. Your support means the world. Every dollar helps, so we encourage donations beyond just a ticket purchase.

See all info & a donation link here.

Sunday 4/17 @ SF Eagle

Easter Sunday Benefit at SF Eagle for LGBT Ukraine Fund

Join the members of Krewe de Kinque charitable Mardi Gras club as we host a spectacular Easter Sunday celebration at the SF Eagle benefiting the LGBT Ukraine Emergency Fund!

All proceeds will be processed through SF-based Rainbow World Fund & will support two reliable organizations providing critical support to LGBT Ukrainians inside & fleeing Ukraine: Ukraine-based organizations Fulcrum and Insight. Fulcrum was co-founded by Tymur Levchuk, who with his husband was the first gay couple to marry in Ukraine.

Find out more here.


Ending Soon:

All Three San Francisco Fiorella Restaurants from March 18-25

Fiorella is funding Ukrainian relief efforts through our “Seeds for the Future” fundraiser.

From March 18-25, every restaurant guest will receive a sunflower seed (Ukraine’s national flower). Each seed represents $1 donation from Fiorella to either World Central Kitchen or the Jewish Community Federation’s Ukraine Emergency Fund. Guests can also purchase more sunflower seeds and donate them. Seeds are available in bags of 25, 50, and 100 ($25/$50/$100).

Dine with us and help support Ukrainians through this humanitarian crisis.


Spinster Sisters Family Meal in Santa Rosa This Week

A very special FM this week. We are raising funds in support of World Central Kitchen working to feed the people of Ukraine. Jose Andres and his team at WCK stand for everything good about our industry and we want to support in any way we can! Please consider adding a donation to your order! Learn more right here.

On Going:

The Belle Cora in North Beach

We just put on a Ukrainian white borsch soup and will be donating the proceeds to the Ukrainian Red Cross.

Birch and Rye in Noe Valley

We are devastated by the Russian government’s attack on the people of Ukraine. Birch & Rye condemns this senseless violence and says #НетВойне [No to War]. We stand for peace.

To express our support for those affected by the invasion, we created a cocktail Olena’s Flowers, named after First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska – made with linden flower vodka infusion, citrus, linden honey, sparkling wine.

100% of the proceeds from the cocktail goes to Doctors Without Borders. Should you wish to donate more we can also round up your bill at the end of your meal.

Madrone Art Bar in the Western Addition

Madrone Art Bar is donating $2 from every Kyiv Mule to Ukraine Crisis Fund!

Madrone’s Kyiv Mule

Decodance in the Tenderloin

The owners of Decadence are Ukrainian and are donating a percentage of all sales to support the people of Ukraine.

The Wolfhound in Oakland

I have a Kyiv Mule that I donate 1 dollar of every purchase to World Central Kitchen.

Zazie in Cole Valley

Zazie is matching $5k in donations to World Central Kitchen to help feed refugees and front-line workers. their GoFundMe is right here.

Mendocino Spirits Online and in Mendocino

Mendocino Spirits are giving 4% of the proceeds from sales in March and April both in person and online to help people in Ukraine.

If you know of more bars and restaurants raising money for Ukraine, please leave them in the comments

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