Posts Categorized: Culture

Wingtip Bartender Brandon Bigalke: Sippin’ on Gin and Duck

Last month, Wingtip’s very own Brandon Bigalke competed in Bombay Sapphire’s Regional Finals for the 9th Annual “World’s Most Imaginative Bartender” competition. Held at the of-the-moment Mission bar Forgery, the event was the last stop on the tour, pitting six bartenders against each other to find out who would represent San Francisco at the North American Finals.

Symphony Royale

Now the next James Bond installment, Spectre, is on the horizon. So what better way to get jazzed up (See what I did there?) about Bond 24 than to check out the San Francisco Symphony’s “The Spy Who Loved Me: Music from the Bond Films & Favorite Spy Movie Themes,” featuring Sheena Easton, who performed the theme from Bond 12, “For Your Eyes Only” (which hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981).

EyeBobs Readers At City Lights Bookstore [PHOTOS]

The beat generation was raised at a bookstore, just a stone’s throw from Wingtip, on a jagged block of Columbus Avenue, nestled between San Francisco’s North Beach and Chinatown districts. City Lights Bookstore was opened in 1953, the brainchild of Peter D. Martin, but it was co-founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti who turned it into a place where poets could read and publish works that weren’t necessarily “fit to print,” in the established sense.

Six Saint Paddy’s Perks At Wingtip

Whether you need to pick up some libations for the festivities, or if you find yourself in a swarm of green and need a quiet nip, or if you’re feeling the affects of said festivities and need a warm meal, we have what cures your ailments this Saint Paddy’s Day:

A Scottish Minister Skates Into San Francisco

We don’t currently offer many art reviews at Wingtip’s Modern Gentleman’s Blog, but the occasion of the “Skating Minister” visiting the De Young Museum for the next few months has piqued our interest. This 1790s painting, allegedly by Henry Raeburn, is fully dubbed “The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch,” and usually resides at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, so it is a rare treat to lay eyes on this dapper gent.

Wrap-Up: Sundance Style

Over the past week-and-a-half, auteurs, wannabes, and looky-loos crowded into Park City, Utah, for the annual Sundance film festival. One of the largest “independent” film festivals in the nation, this yearly affair brings us the newest works and projects by Hollywood’s top talents as well as regional unknowns. We’re always excited to see which films have been bought for distribution, as well as which sartorial choices have been brought to the blistering temps, so we decided this year, Why not look at both?

Wednesday: SF Gate’s #LoveLocalSF Celebration

SF Gate and the SF mayor’s office teamed up to make this Wednesday the official #LoveLocalSF day. Businesses and organizations all across the city are participating, and we’re pleased to get in on the fun by offering a 20% Discount off full-priced merchandise all Wednesday (in-store only; does not apply to alcohol). So wear the official color, red, and stop by for a deep pre-, pre-holiday discount.

James Bond’s Visit to Wingtip?

The 49ers beat the Packers and it’s time to find something else to watch. The BBC is showing an MGM documentary called Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 to commemorate 50 years of James Bond. A little over halfway through the show, they flash a still photograph of Sean Connery and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli talking to each other. While the still is only on-screen for a couple seconds, the backdrop is something I’ve looked at almost every day for the last two years, since first stepping foot in the original Bank of Italy (later, Bank of America) building at 550 Montgomery.

Gentleman’s Itinerary: 11/22–11/28

This week we recommend the Save The Waves film fest, Deltron 3030, the play “Red Virgin,” John Waters’ “This Filthy World,” and the California Historical Society’s “Unbuilt San Francisco” exhibit…

Dan the Automator Visits Wingtip

The musical output of Dan “The Automator” Nakamura is a prodigious stack of layered hip-hop records that includes the beautiful and horrific Dr. Octagon, the first Gorillaz record, a pair of future-funk records by Deltron 3030 (who take the stage at the Fillmore this weekend), and Handsome Boy Modeling School, a group that sent up the high life, even while enjoying it. With Handsome Boy Modeling School’s penchant for fine fabrics and spirits in mind, we met with Dan to talk cloth (see his fall fabric picks interspersed below) and music as we showed him around the Bespoke Vault, and–later–Wingtip’s cigar lounge.