Re-Opening of Bar 821 on March 16th 2015

March 10, 2015

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“Bar 821, one of the oldest watering holes amongst the increasingly popular Divisadero stretch, is set to re-open this Monday March 16th after a month long remodel.  The whisky mavens behind widely acclaimed single malt bar Nihon have seen Bar 821 through many changes over the years.  From a beer and wine bar to a higher end, yet still affordable, cocktail bar, 821 will eagerly re-enter the San Francisco cocktail scene with a facelift and a new palate.

Aside from the extended bar (note: more seating), 821 will also feature an impressive back bar (note: more booze).

The vast new selection of spirits will boast one of San Francisco’s largest selections of Amari, those deliciously bittersweet, herbal liqueurs largely known for their digestive properties. Given that Amari are traditionally and best enjoyed on their own or with a rock or two, the bar will feature an entire menu devoted to all things bitter alongside an Amaro themed cocktail list.

Whether one is looking for a pre-dinner aperitif, a post-dinner Amaro, or just a friendly place to sip a beer, patrons should expect a similar dimly lit, cozy atmosphere with a refreshingly intriguing spirits offering.”

Photos by Victoria Vera

SF’s Smallest Coziest Watering Holes

February 4, 2014

Bar 821 Menu Board picBar 821 made Refinery 29   list!

15 Bars to Visit Before You Die

February 1, 2014’s choice of 15 bars on the planet to visit before you die, one of them is in San Francisco:
Nihon Whisky Lounge
Click here to read the article by Jason Horn


Happy Hour Bonanza

January 3, 2014


If you are a bargain hunter as we are, visit us during Happy Hour times!

Order ‘Food To Go’ through your IPhone through ‘OrderAhead’ at Mission Bay

January 2, 2014

OrderAhead is an application designed to help guests place and pay for food for ‘to go orders’ using their mobile phones or computer. To place an order for pick up at Tsunami Mission Bay (301 King Street) click here: OrderAhead


New Years is upon us!

December 4, 2013

champagne pop

Come Celebrate with us!
Reserve your Table early

Nihon Whisky Lounge
We offer 2 seating:
First Seating Time between 6 -7:30pm
Second Seating Time between 8-9:30pm
Bar open all night
Regular Dinner Menu & New Year’s Specials
With a Toast of Bubbles on us
$50 off on any Whisky Bottle Purchase that night

Tsunami Panhandle & Tsunami Mission Bay
Regular Dinner Reservation
Regular Dinner Menu & New Years Specials
With a Toast of Bubbles on us

At Corkage: Thursday, October 18th 2012 from 5-7pm Tedorigawa Sake Tasting

October 5, 2012

We will host a very special guest from the brewery Yoshida Shuzoten, brewers of Tedorigawa brand sake.  Yasuyuki Yoshida will present his sakes from Ishikawa, Japan.  These are quite varied and flavorful, beautifully nuanced and aromatic.

Just $8 to taste four sakes (tasting fee waived with bottle purchase) -

Yamahai Junmai “Silver Mountain”

Iki na Ona Daiginjo “Lady Luck”

Kinka Daiginjo Nama “Gold Blossom”

Yamahai Daiginjo “Chrysanthemum Meadow”

Please join us to taste these sakes and some special appetizers.

Please RSVP to to secure your spot.

Yoshida-san will be also pouring his sakes at Tsunami on select days during the week preceding the Corkage event, for dinner reservations - Tsunami Panhandle



At Corkage: Thursday, October 11th 2012 from 5 -7 pm Coedo Brewery Special Happy Hour!

October 5, 2012

They are from Saitama, Japan and our guest Mr. Asagiri will pour a delicious selection of their fine beers - Coedo

RURI (blue) – Pilsener

BENIAKA (red) – Sweet Potato Red Lager

SHIRO (white) – Non-filtered Wheat

KYARA (brown) – Viennese Brown Lager

SHIKKOKU (black) – Black

All of them taste different, and it is good way to taste and find your own favorite Coedo beer.  Don’t miss it!  These are super examples of what Japanese craft beer brewing is all about.  Samples provided, and a special happy hour promo price of just $5 each (regularly $9).

Please RSVP to to secure your spot.

Sake Tasting May 15th 2012

May 10, 2012

Greetings Corkage Fans,
We welcome a very special pair of guests to Corkage next Tuesday, May 15 from
7 – 9 pm.  Two sake breweries will be on hand pouring and telling us about their marvelous brews –

– SUIGEI  from Kochi prefecture (web)
*Suigei Tokubetsu Junmai
*Suigei Gin no Sae
*Suigei Gin Rei Junmai Ginjo
Brewers of the famous, dry “Drunken Whale” tokubetsu junmai, a Corkage favorite!

– AMABUKI  from Saga prefecture (web)
*Amabuki Gin no Kurenai
*Amabuki Dai Gin Jo
*Amabuki Yamahai
Incredible brewers of “flower-yeast” sake, look forward to trying the “pink nadeshiko”

There is an $8 Tasting fee per person, refundable with a bottle purchase.
Please reply or RSVP via  e-mail to Todd to secure your spot!

Mapto Corkage – 1302 Fulton St., San FranciscoCA 941117

Spring brings Change to Corkage

April 25, 2012

Greetings Corkage Fans!

Have you stopped in to Corkage lately?  Lots of exciting changes are popping up at your favorite friendly neighborhood sake and wine shop. We’ve taken down the wall between Corkage and Cafe Abir and expanded the bar seating to accommodate more of you.  Yes, hopefully we haven’t lost any of our personal touch but are now able to offer more sakes, more wines, and more beers to more folks!

Happy Hour with JAC Wines – Thursday April 26, 6 – 8

If you’re one of those people that needs a special occasion in order to be lured out, this Thursday night we have the perfect excuse for you.  Come to Corkage for a very special happy hour tasting with our good friend Alex Casella from JAC Wines.  Alex is winemaker and Vice President of Sales at JAC Wines, and is a Certified Sommelier.

He will be pouring the following wines from JAC this Thursday, April 26 from 6 – 8 pm.  Please come in to meet Alex and try his wines.  $8 tasting fee can be waived with a bottle purchase.

  • JAC ONE, Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley (Bien Nacido, Block 1) 2010. (Draft)
  • JAC ONE, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2008
  • JAC ONE, Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley, 2009. (Draft)  *All from Vineyards coming from above Peter Michael Winery in Knights Valley AVA.

Spring Sakes, and Meet the Sake Brewers Event May 15

Spring has sprung here in the NoPa district of SF, the cherry blossoms are blooming and it’s time for ohanami (cherry blossom viewing) and namazake!  We have Koshinohomare Shiboritate from Niigata, Harushika “Spring Deer” Shiboribana from Nara, Masumi Arabashiri (free run sake) from Nagano, brewers of award-winning junmai daiginjo sakes Sanka and Yumedono, and a very limited amount of Seikyo Omachi Namazake from Hiroshima.  Amazing stuff, these are fresh, unpasteurized sakes that are full of zip and zing.  Taste them at Corkage in our sampler, and take home your favorite and enjoy ohanami season!

*** SAVE THE DATE for the next Meet the Sake Brewers event at Corkage – Tuesday May 15, representatives from Suigei and Amabuki breweries will be on hand at Corkage to pour their delicious and distinctive sakes.  More details will follow, but I promise you won’t want to miss this event!

Wine New Arrivals and Specials

Along with our recent renovations and reconfigurations, we’ve added some very special wines and sakes which are sure to please you.  On our wine tap system, we have two new white wines, Zocker Grüner Veltliner from Edna Valley California, crisp, light and refreshing, and Gotham Project Riesling from Washington, lush with hints of apricot and a kiss of residual sugar.  One new red wine on tap, the newly released Frog’s Leap Zinfandel, a true Napa Valley pioneer of organic, dry-farmed wines.  This is a nicely balanced zin with loads of bright fruit, not heavy or overblown, just a well balanced, mouth-watering red.  If you’re into natural wines that just taste great, you have to try it!

Also new to Corkage are several great, value-driven wines from Rhône and Alsace  - Andrieux et Fils Cotes du Rhone Villages from old vines, and Domaine de la Verde Vacqueyeras - both are sub-$20 wines which exhibit loads of spicy fruit.  From Alsace is a biodynamic producer Martin Schaetzel Pinot Blanc whose wine is a racy blend of lemon and white blossoms, and a terrific match for the sashimi next door at Tsunami or your favorite asian cuisine.  If you’ve tried the very popular Spanish red Mencia from Bierzo, Pazo de Arribi, and are curious if Mencia has another dimension, you should taste the incredibly deep and delicious Finca Millara from Ribeira Sacra – 100% Mencia from a DO region in Galicia with almost inaccessible steep canyons on reclaimed red slate terraces.

Hope to see you at Corkage again soon.


Todd, Yoshi, Remi and Charlie