Anytime is a good time to be in San Francisco, but for seven weeks
beginning 4 July there’s no better place to be than along the city’s stunning
line-up of concerts, bayside restaurants and the world’s largest pop-up bar herald
the arrival of the prestigious Louis Vuitton Cup,
a challenger series that brings top-notch sailing teams from around the globe
to vie for a chance to race against defending Oracle Team USA at the 34th
America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international
“A natural amphitheatre, the San Francisco Bay boasts
strong, predictable winds as well as tricky currents and tides, making for a
challenging race course,” said Peter Rusch, America’s
Cup spokesman. “It’s also the first ever
America’s Cup to be held inside a bay, with spectators on shore able to see the
action and follow the racing.”
Race days unfurl with an introduction to the day's programme and to the competing teams. The events are aired on flat screen TVs at the temporary America’s Cup Park, located at Piers 27 to 29, which includes a 9,000-seat
concert venue and a Kids Zone. End-of-race interviews wrap
up each day, but the fun continues into the night with top musical acts booked through October, including Weezer (25 July), 311 (1 August), Sublime
(4 August), Train (11 August) and Steely Dan (17 August).
Hungry and thirsty revellers will enjoy off-the-water action too,
at the waterfront America’s Cup
Sports Bar. Claiming to be the world’s largest pop-up bar, the 12,000sqft indoor/outdoor watering hole will
serve drinks from 11 am onwards by famed
cocktail designer Scott Beattie.
Expect some boating-themed cocktails along with his signature whimsical and artisanal creations.
Surrounding restaurants have also
caught America’s Cup fever, with nautical
themes peppering the menus. Spanish tapas
offering the Oracle Cocktail (209 Gin, house-made anise tonic, elderflower, lemon, hibiscus and a
splash of San Francisco fog) and a Podium Paella, made with
squid ink and scallops. Local whiskey bar, Hard Water is pouring an America’s Cup
Cocktail featuring whiskey, American vermouth and bitters. The Plant Café
spotlights healthy and locally sourced food, is dishing out appetizers such as raw oysters, scallops
and crab cakes, as well as specialty cocktails with names like Fog Horn (gin, lime and ginger beer) and Now We Sail (champagne, LBV
port, dark rum, triple sec).
your pleasure – eating, drinking or cheering on
your favourite sailing team – plot a course
for San Francisco’s waterfront and be a part of history.
The Louis Vuitton Cup
runs from 4 July to 30 August and the America’s Cup runs between
7 and 21 September. Event schedules and
concerts can be found on the respective websites.
Lovato is the San Francisco Localite