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Pictures: Inauguration of the Boothby Center For the Beverage Arts

San Francisco's Boothby Center Makes a Raucous Debut

One of the highlights of this year's SF Cocktail Week was the inauguration of the Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, a new community center concept of sorts for local and visiting bartenders.

Named after William "Cocktail Bill" Boothby, a turn-of-the-century SF barman, author, philanthropist, and leader, the hub will serve as home base for the Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail, the nonprofit that's behind San Francisco's weeklong drink event. The conservancy's founders — Elixir's H. Joseph Ehrmann, Cantina's Duggan McDonnell, and Comstock Saloon's Jeff Hollinger — explained that the civic center, which was still in the hard hat phase, will include event space, a cocktail lab, and meeting rooms.

For a glimpse of the star-studded event, check out the gallery below.


Plymouth and Beefeater brand ambassador Erick Castro whips up a Claridge cocktail with his bar spoon.

Can I offer you a drink? Steven Liles of Smuggler's Cove.

Erick Castro with Kelli Bratvold of The Burritt Room.

Mr. Mojito, aka Dave Nepove, whips up something other than a Mojito — the classic Negroni.

PartySugar's Claridge — and her sign-off as well.

My Claridge cocktail — and some well wishes.

The Boothby Center's three founders: Duggan McDonnell (Cantina), H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir), and Jeff Hollinger (Comstock Saloon).

Duggan — and the rest of the bartending community — raise a toast to the new center.

The official drink of San Francisco Cocktail Week, the Papa Ghirardelli, is made with McDonnell's own Encanto Pisco.

Vintage bar paraphernalia.

What do you think of the concept? Should other cities follow suit?

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