Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cover is now Velocity

Dirty Water in San Francisco is now listed on the Velocity, formally known as Cover. Book your last minute reservation with us via the app and have the convenience of paying for your bill without the wait or paperwork. Sign up and get a $20 credit. Share with friends and get additional $20 credits. Use code "BERNADM1" and book lunch or dinner for your group today! 

Dirty Water
`1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Karl Strauss' Ladies' Night - Th., 5/26 5PM

Come out to Dirty Water for a fun night with Karl Strauss Brewing Company and some ladies in the craft beer world. Come taste newly released and Extremely Limited beer and make a statement with some style. Women who love beer can be fashionable too! Cheers to that!

Karl Strauss Collaboration with Pink Boot's Society
Style: Gose, brewed with Lime and Blue Agave Nectar
ABV: 5.6%

Other brews by Karl Strauss will be available as well. Please stay tuned for the full list and price.

Dirty Water Restaurant & Bar
1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103

What's the Pink Boot's Society? They're mission: The Pink Boots Society was created to empower women beer professionals to advance their careers in the Beer Industry through Education."

Event space is available for your group. Please contact our Events Team at or 415-792-5126.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

For Sale: 2 Country Summer VIP Tix

June 3 - June 5, 2016
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

I have two VIP tickets for all three days for sale. See Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry and Billy Currington plus many opening acts. Normally sold for $299 plus taxes.

Buy both for $289 each.

Email me to buy. I unfortunately cannot go as I have to work.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

American Craft Beer Week 2016

Celebrate at Dirty Water
1355 Market Street, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94103

Across the nation, breweries, restaurants and beer lovers are celebrating American Craft Beer Week, taking place May 16th thru May 22nd. Events are to 'celebrate the culture and community of craft beer, and give breweries and beer businesses the opportunity to connect with the fans.' We would love to connect with you! Be sure to check in on Untappd and get the badge below!

Dirty Water has 52 rotating beers on draft. We have highlighted one beer each day. Get a pint for $5! See below for the schedule of beers.

Monday, May 16th - Stone Cali Belgique
Tuesday, May 17th - Modern Times Iron Sunrise
Wednesday, May 18th - Drake's Brewing Co. Hopocalypse Red
Thursday, May 19th - Fort Point Saison
Friday, May 20th - Anderson Valley Brewing Company Briney Melon Gose
Saturday, May 21st - Karl Strauss Mosaic
Sunday, May 22nd - Allagash White. Also try our Monkey Gone to Heaven cocktail on our brunch menu, made with the day’s beer

Please stay tuned for additional details HERE, via Intagram and Twitter (@dirtywatersf)

Have a big group of beer lovers? Let us reserve some space for you in our lounges or at one of our long communal tables in our dining room. Contact Bernadette or Christina at or by calling 415-792-5101.

My beer for American Craft Beer Week - the Stone Cali Begique.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bernadette & the City Beaches

It has been 10 years since I started working at the now-closed City Beach in Fremont, California. I always say that 26 was my favorite year. I made so many new and long-lasting relationships, I had many successes there and the memories seem to never fade.

I was working at my first food service job at The Bridges Golf Course when I met the owner of City Beach at the bar., Michael. He was a soft spoken man and asked me to come meet his Bar Manager, Ramalah. When possible opportunities present themselves, see what they're all about. I met with Ram, the Restaurant Manager. He didn't seem too happy with his job or perhaps that was his personality of showing little emotion. I do remember him saying something along the lines of, 'well, I guess you've already been hired.' I then started as a Bartender. Ram left City Beach shortly after I came on and told me that I would do well there and that 'a smile goes a long way.' I hope he's doing well.

City Beach was a lot of fun. The staff had a great time and we had regulars that were awesome. A stuffy, older gentleman came in one night to observe the restaurant and how we worked. He just stood at the end of the bar watching with a sour look on his face. He was being considered as Ram's replacement. He just didn't come back one day.

Then Kristian, my current business partner, came in and took charge. He was fun, wanted to improve the restaurant and we became friends. The restaurant was improving. He eventually gave me the opportunity to be the Bar Manager. Though a certified bartender, I still had a lot to learn. I was ordering liquor and doing inventory for the first time and managing my bar and creating cocktails. I have definitely made my mistakes but I learned from them and I attempted to fix them. One mistake was being convinced to buy an obscene amount of cases of 10 Cane Rum because we were going to get a good price, promotional support, etc. At the end, we were just giving it away. 

I also started accumulating email addresses for our monthly newsletters, tried to really turn it into a sports bar with scoreboards, sports facts and trivia. Kristian started having UFC pay-per-views there. We would have 300 people there and charging $20 per person. It was quite successful. I was in charge of marketing that, including getting up on a ladder and changing the letters of the sign in the parking lot.

Besides work, I met my Best Friend, who I still feel is the love of my life and of course Kristian, that now has given me my 6,200 square-foot baby, DW.

It's a funny story of how I met my Best Friend, Christy. I was hiring servers and I was chatting with someone on the deck where the bocce ball courts were when I saw that my next interview appointment had arrived and was waiting just inside the open doors. I asked whoever I was speaking with to direct Julia to me. I obviously hired her and she would have her friends come in. Then is when I met Christy and Dylan and all their mutual friends. They are originally from Union City and are long-time friends.

One night, they were all there and Julia asked if we were hiring. I needed a server. Christy was there and I said I would talk to her that night. We were both intoxicated and I interviewed her. I then hired her. She was a great server.

Dylan was part of that crew. I think the first time I saw him was when he had some spikey hair. He eventually shaved his head. I don't date my customers so I didn't give it a second thought.

I began to hang out more with Julia and Christy and I got to know their friends better including Dylan, Dustin, his girlfriend, Kenny, Alvin etc. So many good times. Dylan got hired to be our doorman during the UFC PPV events. That was totally Krisitian's idea! Dylan and I eventually began seeing eachother, moved in together and broke up, twice. Besides the death of my grandfather, he's the only man that has broken my heart. But today we remain friends. I invite him to all of my parties, I go to his birthday dinner every year and yes, spend time with his current girlfriend and sometimes we go grab a beer to catch up. He's my photographer and have even got damn near naked in his studio for a photo shoot with his current girlfriend there helping out. See! We're adults! Nothing to worry about. It's funny that I'm good friends with two of his ex-girlfriends. Dylan's wonderful. I do wish I could find me another Dylan someday. I wish him nothing but love, success and happiness.

Julia and I always had a love-hate friendship. I feel this is because we have similar strong personalities. Let's face it, I can be a bitch and two bitches are going to butt heads. If we were boyfriend-girlfriends, we broke up and got together at least three times. We currently are not friends and I'm not interested in doing that back and forth again. I don't have the energy for it. She is now a mother and living in the town where I was going to live out the domestic dream - being a wife and mom. Good for her! I wish her nothing but happiness as I wouldn't have gained so many wonderful people in my life had I not hired her.

Christy. Man, I love that girl. She's my rock. She has always been there for me, she was the first one I called when Dylan broke up with me, the one that wants to beat up anyone that hurts me, the one that I can trust with absolutely anything and everything. Not to mention, she has given me my beautiful nephew, Nate, and niece, Arya. There isn't anything in the world I wouldn't do for her. She deserves everything and more.

Brittany. My favorite Mormon. I didn't hire her. I remember one of our first conversations was about her fiancé and about a house in Phoenix, I believe. I love that girl. She and I would have the best time anywhere we went. I would be crying and my stomach would hurt from laughing so hard. She is now in Utah with her husband and taking care of my first Mormon niece, Thea. I have to schedule a time to go meet her.

MelaGirls. Angelica went by Mela when we met. I remember she came and sat next to me during a meeting at City Beach and that was our first real conversation. After that, we became good friends. She's a strong girl, has grown a lot and is now working with animals and has sights set on being an entrepreneur. She recently sent me a pic of a birthday card I sent her years ago and I like to write so every inch of the inside was filled up.  She said it made her cry. Every thing I said back then, I mean today. We may not be as close but if there's anything that she would need, I would do all that I could.

Shoe!!! Christine Zapata was her name so we called her Shoe. I interviewed her and helped her with learning how to bartend and we had a blast. She is now a chiropractor, married and living in Seattle. She also was a Raider fan turned  Seahawks fan but that's none of my business.  Especially as a Niner fan. I've been up to visit her a couple of times and we even had a girls' trip up to Vancouver, Canada. So many inside jokes, laughs and good times. I am so proud of her.

Dustin, D-Man but I just call him D. He didn't work with me, just a guy part of the Christy and Dylan group as they all lived and grew up in the same park. Such a nice guy, a calm demeanor and has always had ambition. I respected that. He is now married to Devlyn, they have a baby girl, Haylee, and are now living in Colorado Springs. I'd say I would come up and visit but the elevation kicked my ass when I was there for my cousin's graduation. Whoo!

Then Ms. Sarah is about become Mrs. Ruiz. She had her bridal shower at DW and one of the City Beaches came too, Kayleen. I hired Sarah after we met at a Starbucks and am so glad we kept in touch. She is now working in the legal field and they just purchased a home. Good for them!

Why do we call ourselves The City Beaches? We used to go to this place in Fremont called The Mojo Lounge. There would be live bands and one night I believe we all got together for someone's birthday. The guy on the mic called "Bernadette and The City Beaches" to come up to the stage to sing happy birthday. And it just stuck.

Before City Beach closed, there was a reunion and I saw several people that aren't listed above but may be friends with on Facebook. Apparently it is being turned into a Bocce di Beppo. I love bocce! My Cugino and I got into it and are both really competitive with it while we on the Celebrity cruise ship, the Reflection while in Europe.

It's amazing how one decision can turn into something awesome. I love having these people part of my life and knowing them thru the past 10 years of their lives. Thanks, City Beach, for the memories and those not yet made.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Kinky Boots - May 11, 2016

Ohhhhh, Charlie! I loved the shoes, fashion, men dancing in stilettos and looking absolutely fab! The singing was incredible, it was funny but also had its sad, emotional scenes. Adam Kaplan played Charlie. Oh, so dreamy. SHN had the perfect gif to reply to my Tweet about him during intermission.

Triplets in love with Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, 
"What's wrong with her?!?"
"She's crazy!"
"He's gooorgeous!"
All three sink and sigh.

How appropriate as they will soon have Beauty and the Beast on stage.

Am I wrong?

We had great seats, thanks to SHN. Second row! On opening night! Sooo spoiled. I LOVE IT! I have never been so close. And thank goodness because I'm kind of blind. Mercedes and I had a good time. I loved hearing her laugh. She deserves nothing but love and to smile every moment of the day. She will be leaving us at DW very soon and I wish her all the best. I am glad we can have this night out together. We wore our boots to the show! I was thinking of rolling my pants up to show them off, Jenny from the Block style, but nah.

If you have the chance to see Kinky Boots and Charlie, it is totally worth it! It will definitely get you excited to do #BernsFashionChallenge in June. The show is playing at Golden Gate Theatre until May 22nd. They are offering $40 rush tickets two hours before the show. And be sure to bring your ticket stop to DW at 1355 Market Street after the show to get a special $8 cocktail. Plus, our bottles of champagne and sparkling are 50% off after 10 pm Monday thru Saturday.

And remember, "red is for seeeeeexxxxxx!"

Hike for Girls with GirlVentures - May 7, 2016

Breakfast, rain, mud, dogs, new friends and giving back. This year's Hike for Girls event for GirlVentures took place at Tilden Park in Berkeley, California on Saturday, May 7th. I was the sole representative of DW.

After January's Women Wednesday event, DW teamed up again with GirlVentures for a Women Wednesday on May 4th, attempting to fundraise for this hike. For every flight of Tres Sabores wine sold that evening, one dollar went to the non-profit. Thank you to Julie Johnson for doing such a wonderful job that evening and for Brice and her team representing GirlVentures.

I climbed the Berkeley hills just to drive past two ladies holding a white board. U-turn! I missed my turn. Thank goodness for the live directional signage. Good call, GirlVentures. I also now know my way to the carousel in this park. I have heard of it but have never sought it out. I was early and parked hoping to get a 20-minute power nap. It was a busy week. I could not fall asleep. The sprinkles that landed on my windshield and the swaying of branches told me that I will be cold on this hike. I put on my The NorthFace jacket before heading up to check in, check our their raffles and have a snack.

I checked it and Brice immediately recognized me and thanked me for coming. I wish I was able to recruit my staff and hiking friends but I was proud of myself for making it. The bed was nice and warm and cozy that morning; unlike the at-the-time conditions. As I know from being a host to countless events, I didn't want to take up too much of her time and I walked off to check out the pre-festivities.

The table of raffle prizes were manned by two young angels, literally in wings. Prizes included notebooks, a Patagonia jacket or vest, spa treatments and restaurant gift certificates to Oro and Beretta in San Francisco. I purchased $20 worth of raffle tickets and put equal amounts in to dine at another restaurant other than DW. I have so much of the city to explore and I would much prefer not to pay full price. 

The food spread by Blackrock was full of pastries, bagels, cream cheese, jelly, assorted fruits and a table of juice, tea and coffee. I can't remember the last time I had a half of a bagel with cream cheese. 

The rain began to fall a bit harder and speeches began. I took cover under the branches of a tree and held my green tea cup with both hands for warmth. Introductions were made and a speech by a young GirlVentures participant said some words before a hike she has done time before and before she moves cross country to begin college. Her story was one that needed to be told. She was going thru a transition. She didn't know how to deal with the emotions with having a crush on another girl. GirlVentures gave her someone to talk to. She has found out who she is. Being a teenager is tough as it is. Kudos to her for gaining the confidence and embracing who she is.

The 3-mile hike began and I started to follow the crowd. There were groups of people that knew each other and dogs eager to hike the path. After a few minutes, a blonde gal with glasses was quick in her step and said the least scariest thing to say to a stranger. She said hello. She was walking by herself and I later found out that her mother was near the back. She didn't like being back there so she went ahead and we began to chat about the charity, where she's grown up and even what she wants to do when she grows up. Her name was Lina.

Some parts of the trail were slippery and mud was unavoidable. Mud gathered under my shoes to create what felt like an extra 5 pounds going up inclines. Every now and then I would have to pause to attempt to take off inches of mud by brushing my foot sideways on patches of greens. It was like I finally added extra weight to my workout. Lisa from always wears her 6-pound vest to intensify her workouts. I was doing high knees up this hill with mud I couldn't escape. I was also soaking wet, therefore more weight. But the scenery was beautiful.

It was a fun hike and it was nice to meet some young ladies that have and have had GirlVentures to help them come out of their shells and make a difference in this world. The organization brought gals from Alameda, Cupertino and even Southern California to this event. There were supportive men there too! After all, James Brown did say that "it's a man's world, but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl." Here it is sung by a woman, Ms. Juliet Simms.

I have personally been looking for an organization to volunteer at. I think I found one! I look forward to being more involved with GirlVentures. Even in the mud and rain!Stay tuned!

Thanks for the swag bag too!