Jonny Raglin, owner of Comstock Saloon in San Francisco, was born and raised in Oklahoma, which is still trying to recover from a devastating tornado that hit Moore on May 20, killing 24 people. So Raglin has organized a fundraiser to help his home state.
In conjunction with Imbibe magazine’s Negroni Week (May 27-June 2), several bars in the Bay Area will be serving Negronis this week, with $1 from each one sold going to the Oklahoma chapter of the American Red Cross. Among the participants: A16 Rockridge in Oakland, Absinthe Brasserie, Acme Bar in Berkeley, Alchemist, The Alembic, A.Q., Bar Agricole, Beretta, Blackbird, Bourbon & Branch, Churchill, Elixir, Local Edition, Lolinda, Mission Bowling Club, Momo’s, Prizefighter in Emeryville, Rickhouse, Rock Bar, 15 Romolo, Rye, Tradition and Trick Dog. The famed PDT in New York is also taking part in the fundraiser. Any other bars who would like to participate can contact Raglin by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the week, several bars will also be holding “Negroni Happy Hours,” with 100 percent of the proceeds from Negroni sales going to relief efforts in Oklahoma. The bar schedule is below:
Monday, May 27 – Comstock Saloon (155 Columbus Avenue, SF) from 5:00-9:00pm.
Tuesday, May 28 – Alchemist (679 3rd Street, SF) from 5:00-7:00pm.
Wednesday, May 29 – Rye (688 Geary Street, SF) from 5:00-7:00pm.
Thursday, May 30 – Elixir (3200 16th Street, SF) from 5:00-9:00pm.
Friday, May 31 – Trick Dog (3010 20th Street, SF) from 5:00-7:00pm.
Saturday, June 1 – 15 Romolo (15 Romolo Place, SF) and A16 Rockridge (5356 College Avenue, Oakland) from 5:00-7:00pm.
To round out the week, on Sunday, June 2 from 5:00-9:00pm, Local Edition is partnering with the Northern California Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild to host a honky-tonk themed Negroni party, where bartenders will create different variations of the drink. A $25 donation at the door gets your first drink, with all proceeds again going to the Oklahoma chapter of the American Red Cross.