Getting to the Bottom of the Bubbly

Deciding which sparkling wine to celebrate the holiday season with can be enough to make you cringe. We are helping you pop the top on the cream of the crop and showing you some sparkling wines and Champagnes that are simply the toast of the town. In this video, Wine Oh TV’s Monique Soltani gives us a taste San Francisco’s Top of the Mark.

InterContinental Mark Hopkins was built on the site of the old Mark Hopkins mansion, which burnt down after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. During World War II, when San Francisco was a major transit point for troops going to the Pacific Theater, US Navy officers traditionally had a farewell drink before shipping out while watching the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins

999 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Holiday Brunch Buffets: Held every Sunday, this lavish buffet extends through the holiday season including Christmas Eve and Day, as well as New Year’s Day. The buffets will feature classics like the Mark Hopkins Roast with carved honey baked ham, charred pineapple relish, herb crusted prime rib, and au jus and unique items like Blue Hokaido Pumpkin Soup with smoked duck cracklins, cauliflower, and croutons. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Top of the Mark’s Holiday Desk at 415.616.6941. Adults $89 per person*; Children ages 4-12 years $45 per person each Sunday. Adults $109 per person*; Children ages 4-12 years $59 per person on Christmas Day. Adults $99 per person*; Children ages 4-12 years $59 per person on New Year’s Day.*

Santa in the Lobby: Draw up your wish list and visit Santa in the hotel lobby on Saturdays, December 7, 14, and 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Tea starting on Monday, December 2, 2013: An annual tradition at Top of the Mark, Holiday Tea is offered Mondays through Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning Monday, December 3 to Wednesday, December 19, and continuing Wednesday, December 26 to Friday, December 28. Guests will enjoy a three-tiered presentation of tea sandwiches, mini fruit tartlets, mini pumpkin cheesecake, and more. The culinary team will also present housemade scones served with Devonshire cream and lemon curd in addition to a selection of loose leaf teas and infusions. $40.00 per person; $50.00 per person with unlimited Champagne. Prices do not include gratuity or sales tax. Reservations are required.

Magical Tea starting on Friday, December 6, 2013: Price: Magical Tea is an amusing family-friendly event open to kids and adults of all ages, featuring magician Eric Masters and face painter Fire Pixie. Guests will also have the chance to take home their own edible creations made at the Magical Tea Christmas ginger cookie decorating station. Adults will enjoy a buffet of tea sandwiches, scones, and special items from Executive Chef Nenad Stefanovic including Kobe beef sliders, chicken wings, and Southeast Asian pulled pork sliders. Young tea-goers will receive a selection of popular kids’ treats and finger foods including Pigs in a blanket, Macaroni and cheese, and Ham and cheese sandwiches. A buffet of sweet treats will also be available including holiday cupcakes, fresh fruit tartlets, chocolate éclairs and more.  Magical Holiday Tea will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7; Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14; Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21; as well as Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28. In the spirit of giving, Top of the Mark invites guests to bring a new toy to donate to the Toys for Tots drive. Each guest that brings in a toy will receive a $2.00 discount on the price of tea service. $48.00 per person. Prices do not include gratuity or sales tax. Reservations are required.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance: The InterContinental Mark Hopkins boasts the legendary Top of the Mark restaurant and bar with a near 360 degree view of the scenic skyline of San Francisco. Situated on the 19th floor of the hotel, the world renowned sky lounge is famed for its 100 Martinis menu, cocktails and live entertainment. The hotel will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dancing affair Tuesday, December 31 from 7:30 pm- 1:30 am. The festivities of the evening include:

·         Delicious hors d’oeuvres fare such as Spanish Serrano ham carving, house duck sausage, assorted caviar with homemade buckwheat blinis

·         A bottle of Moet Chandon Imperial on each guest’s table upon arrival

·         A 6-Course Plated Dinner with luxurious dishes like Lobster & Lobster with citrus-pernod and beurre mont and Prime Angus Filet of Beef with Santa Barbara spot prawn, parsnip puree, spinach, chestnuts, and winter spaetzle 

·         Dancing with live music from Ascencion Band (, a high-energy R&B/funk oriented cover band with a great repertoire of songs and an electric stage presence

·         A Moet Chandon Rose toast at midnight

The evening is $375 per person or $425 per person with window seating. Prices do not include gratuity or sales tax. Formal attire is requested. For reservations, contact the hotel’s holiday desk at 415-616-6941.

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