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Open That Bottle at Indigo in SF

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 3:48 pm in Corkheads.

Here’s something peculiar. At a time when some Bay Area restaurants are increasing their corkages to encourage you to order a glass off of their lists, San Francisco’s Indigo, a New American restaurant not far from Civic Center, got rid of its corkage. Completely.

I’ve heard of some recession-friendly restaurants dropping corkage one night a week, or increasing their by-the-glass programs. But Indigo’s move caught my eye.

That means you can go in there any night of the week and drink your special bottle for free. I say that’s where you head for Open That Bottle Night, the unofficial holiday started in 2000 by Wall Street Journal wine writers Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher.

Open that Bottle Night falls on the last Saturday in February and reminds us that there are no special occasions to wait for when it comes to uncorking that bottle you’re holding on to. Only special people and plenty of mundane Tuesdays to spend with them, sipping great wine.

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  • Reid Edwards

    How about for these economic times an easily accessable list on this web site of all the restaurants that have no corkage fee on particular nights or not at all. It would be a real public service.

  • Jessica Yadegaran

    Good idea. Maybe it should be a larger feature. I’ll add it to my list of economy-friendly stories.