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Happy hour & food near the Fillmore?

juliunruly Aug 28, 2007 09:08 PM

Some friends and I are going to a show tomorrow night and were hoping to find some good, inexpensive drinks and dinner within walking distance. We're fine with pub food, as long as it won't make us wonder where the bathroom is halfway through the show.


  1. Carrie 218 Aug 28, 2007 10:15 PM

    Happy hour (free hors d'oeuvres with drinks) doesn't really exist in the Fillmore area.

    However, there is an abundance of great places to eat in the neighborhood. Winterland has been converted and is now Cassis - the bar is great and the menu has reasonably priced entrees. There are two Ethiopian restaurants within a block of The Fillmore; Rassella's and Sheba Cafe - both have bars.

    Up Fillmore is Elite Cafe which has a nice bar and a great scene.

    Without the bar scene, you also have all of Japantown for great Japanese food as well as almost a half-a-dozen good Korean, my favorite being Arang which is quite a hole-in-the-wall and home style (according to my Korean friend).

    Hope that helps!

    4 Replies
    1. re: Carrie 218
      juliunruly Aug 28, 2007 10:19 PM

      Sorry! I did not mean free, I meant reduced price food & drinks type happy hour. Or just generally cheap :)

      God, I haven't been anyplace that actually offered anything free (except goldfish) in ages.

      Thanks, I'll look all those up!

      1. re: juliunruly
        Carrie 218 Aug 29, 2007 08:09 AM

        Harry's Bar and the Boom Boom Room are the only places in the neighborhood that reduces the prices of their drinks but the subsequent scene is never very pretty. And Harry's Bar food is far from exceptional (in fact, as far as pub food is concerned, is pretty mediocre).

        I think you are better having cocktails at Sheba's and eating some of their appetizer menu.

        1. re: Carrie 218
          foodseek Aug 29, 2007 09:58 AM

          Perhaps The Grove-more casual but especially nice on a warm evening you can sit outside. They have pub like food and fair prices.

          1. re: foodseek
            Carrie 218 Aug 29, 2007 10:56 AM

            Just an FYI - The Grove has pretty decent food and I love their crab cakes - but no bar (beer and wine only).

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