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The Negroni Week Heatmap: Where to Drink This Week

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Negroni season is in full effect, and for the first time ever, a cavalcade of bars and bartenders from across the city are teaming up to celebrate the classic cocktail (which, for the uninitiated, is equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth). In honor of Negroni Week, which runs today through Sunday, a swath of the city's best bars, from Bourbon & Branch to Trick Dog to Elixir, will be donating $1 from the purchase of each Negroni to a charity of their choice (here's a full listing of all participating bars and their charities). In honor of a great drink and a great cause, we rounded up 15 of the best and most unusual Negroni variations going down this week. Mezcal negronis? Rum negronis? Negroni gumdrops, popcorn, tacos? They're all here.

And a side note: As you go on your Negroni-sipping travels, keep your eyes peeled for the Northern California Negroni Council, or the (nc)2, who'll be traveling around town in special red Members Only jackets so they can sample and award prizes to the best Negronis and best service around. Their membership includes many of the city's top bartenders, from Smokestack, Ramen Shop, Kin Khao, AQ, 15 Romolo, and more. Here is their manifesto.

· Negroni Week: Participating Bars [Official website]
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Presidio Social Club

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Want to throw a Negroni party at home? Presidio Social Club is offering bottled, barrel-aged Negronis with 4-6 servings, available to-go for $42. You could also tote it over to Off the Grid's Picnic or Twilight at the Presidio events. Beneficiary: SF-Marin Food Bank.

Christopher Longoria is mixing up three Negroni variations: the classic, a Negroni sbagliato (with prosecco and a Campari ice cube), and the "Negroni 17," with the addition of dry vermouth and orange bitters. Beneficiary: SF Parks Alliance.

Comstock Saloon

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For the Negroni connoisseur watching their calories, Jonny Raglin's Skinny Negroni, with white wine, Campari, and cider, is a lighter take on the classic. Beneficiary: Project Open Hand.

Michael Mina

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Sample a Calabrese take on the Negroni at Mina's bar, with Calabrian chilies and apricot liqueur. Beneficiary: All Stars Helping Kids.

Humphry Slocombe

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Humphry Slocombe is making special Negroni popsicles ($3.25) all week long. They have actual Campari, gin, vermouth, and grapefruit in them, so probably best to have the kids stick with a cone. Beneficiary: Project Open Hand.

Perbacco

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Five Negronis are offered here, including the Russell's Negroni, with Russell's Reserve bourbon and Averna, and the Leopold's Negroni, with Leopold's Gin and Cynar. They'll also have Negroni popcorn for munching. Beneficiary: Meals on Wheels.

Aveline & The European

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Opening on Friday, this new restaurant and bar are getting right into the Negroni swing of things with Negroni gumdrops on the dessert menu at Aveline and a bunch of Negroni variations on the bar menu at The European. Beneficiary: SF SPCA.

Berlinetta Lounge

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The Burritt Room's lounge is hosting a special Negroni Week pop-up on Friday, June 6th, featuring former Big bartender Mo Hodges. Expect a '60s funk DJ, Campari swag, and three Negroni variations like the Local Yokel (with 209 gin, Campari, Aperol, Duggan McDonnell's new Jardesca aperitivo, and seltzer). Beneficiary: Sprouts Cooking Club.

Dirty Habit

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Dirty Habit's HiLaw Negroni uses Black Bottle Scotch in place of gin and subs palo cortado sherry for sweet vermouth, but keeps the Campari. It's an interesting, nuanced take. Beneficiary: American Cancer Society.

Tango & Stache will make an appearance to serve Negroni bacon tacos on Thursday, June 5 (6-10 pm), with Negroni specials both that night and for the rest of the week. Beneficiary: SF-Marin Food Bank.

The Coachman

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Johnny Codd took inspiration from English trifle for his Negroni, which features dehydrated Campari jelly that creates a layered effect. Beneficiary: SF-Marin Food Bank.

Dobbs Ferry

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Dobbs Ferry's three Negroni variations include a classic version; a version with tequila, jalapeno-infused dry vermouth, grapefruit, and soda; and a version with rum and hibiscus and allspice-infused sweet vermouth. Beneficiary: Family House.

Both of Sauce's locations are offering not just one, but five different Negronis, including variations made with different types of gin and a Boulevardier (which subs in bourbon). Beneficiary: The Institute on Aging.

Never had a mezcal Negroni? Have no fear, Loló is here. They sub it for gin to add a sweet and smoky twist to the classic. Beneficiary: SF-Marin Food Bank.

Holy Water

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Holy Water is making some Negronis with quirky ingredient variations (mango- and radish-infused gin) all week long; they'll also host a second edition of the Tango & Stache pop-up (Wednesday, June 4, 6-10 pm), again featuring Negroni bacon tacos with gin-soaked berries. Beneficiary: Bartender Relief Fund and SF-Marin Food Bank.

Presidio Social Club

Want to throw a Negroni party at home? Presidio Social Club is offering bottled, barrel-aged Negronis with 4-6 servings, available to-go for $42. You could also tote it over to Off the Grid's Picnic or Twilight at the Presidio events. Beneficiary: SF-Marin Food Bank.

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Christopher Longoria is mixing up three Negroni variations: the classic, a Negroni sbagliato (with prosecco and a Campari ice cube), and the "Negroni 17," with the addition of dry vermouth and orange bitters. Beneficiary: SF Parks Alliance.

Comstock Saloon

For the Negroni connoisseur watching their calories, Jonny Raglin's Skinny Negroni, with white wine, Campari, and cider, is a lighter take on the classic. Beneficiary: Project Open Hand.

Michael Mina

Sample a Calabrese take on the Negroni at Mina's bar, with Calabrian chilies and apricot liqueur. Beneficiary: All Stars Helping Kids.

Humphry Slocombe

Humphry Slocombe is making special Negroni popsicles ($3.25) all week long. They have actual Campari, gin, vermouth, and grapefruit in them, so probably best to have the kids stick with a cone. Beneficiary: Project Open Hand.

Perbacco

Five Negronis are offered here, including the Russell's Negroni, with Russell's Reserve bourbon and Averna, and the Leopold's Negroni, with Leopold's Gin and Cynar. They'll also have Negroni popcorn for munching. Beneficiary: Meals on Wheels.

Aveline & The European

Opening on Friday, this new restaurant and bar are getting right into the Negroni swing of things with Negroni gumdrops on the dessert menu at Aveline and a bunch of Negroni variations on the bar menu at The European. Beneficiary: SF SPCA.

Berlinetta Lounge

The Burritt Room's lounge is hosting a special Negroni Week pop-up on Friday, June 6th, featuring former Big bartender Mo Hodges. Expect a '60s funk DJ, Campari swag, and three Negroni variations like the Local Yokel (with 209 gin, Campari, Aperol, Duggan McDonnell's new Jardesca aperitivo, and seltzer). Beneficiary: Sprouts Cooking Club.

Dirty Habit

Dirty Habit's HiLaw Negroni uses Black Bottle Scotch in place of gin and subs palo cortado sherry for sweet vermouth, but keeps the Campari. It's an interesting, nuanced take. Beneficiary: American Cancer Society.

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Tango & Stache will make an appearance to serve Negroni bacon tacos on Thursday, June 5 (6-10 pm), with Negroni specials both that night and for the rest of the week. Beneficiary: SF-Marin Food Bank.

The Coachman

Johnny Codd took inspiration from English trifle for his Negroni, which features dehydrated Campari jelly that creates a layered effect. Beneficiary: SF-Marin Food Bank.

Dobbs Ferry

Dobbs Ferry's three Negroni variations include a classic version; a version with tequila, jalapeno-infused dry vermouth, grapefruit, and soda; and a version with rum and hibiscus and allspice-infused sweet vermouth. Beneficiary: Family House.

Sauce

Both of Sauce's locations are offering not just one, but five different Negronis, including variations made with different types of gin and a Boulevardier (which subs in bourbon). Beneficiary: The Institute on Aging.

Loló

Never had a mezcal Negroni? Have no fear, Loló is here. They sub it for gin to add a sweet and smoky twist to the classic. Beneficiary: SF-Marin Food Bank.

Holy Water