Your favorite places with great bar menus near Union Square?
We're coming to SF next month for my birthday and would love your suggestions. We're staying at the Prescott Hotel and would love to know about places w/in walking distance where the bar is comfortable, not too dressy and the menu is interesting. No limitations on food type or price. Any thoughts?
Lots of San Francisco restaurants have bars that serve most of their menus; this is somewhat preferable to bars that have food, in my experience.
Perbacco (hot Italian restaurant) in the Financial District has an attractive bar area.
Bix is a gorgeous spot; food is pricey, but drinks are excellent, and you can order their best items (steak tartare, marrow bones) at the bar.
There are lots of new wine bars in town. The Hidden Vine is a cozy spot with cheese and snacks available; it's two blocks from Union Square.
Generally you'll do best if you get away from Union Square, where food tends to be mediocre and overpriced, catering to convention tourists and theater goers. A few blocks toward any of the neighborhoods will make a big difference in quality.
Le Colonial has a great bar area. It's on the dressier side, but I've been there in jeans and such without any problems (probably wouldn't go in cargo shorts and flip flops) www.lecolonialsf.com
E&O Trading Company is a little less dressy and has a decent at scene. www.eotrading.com
The Grand Cafe is super comfortable. Can be crowded before and after theater shows. But they do a good job. www.grandcafe-sf.com