A New Pairing

A cocktail expertly matched with every small plate you order? Now that’s nirvana.

Forget that pairing of dinner with wine. San Francisco’s Lower Haight spot, Maven, matches six top-notch small plates with cocktails nightly. Even more cutting edge, owner Jay Bordeleau has revamped the standard Irish fare of a shot of Jameson with corned beef.

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Instead, wash down a Murphy’s Law—made with Jameson, porter “redux,” chicory, and whipped cream—with marrow braised beef, Scrimshaw pilsner cabbage, and horseradish cream. Bordeleau, a sommelier, of course pours wine, too, should you choose that route.

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