quick drinks tonight
There are a ton of places to get drinks near the zone.
M&S is fine. Gets a decent after work crowd and pre-theater crowd too. Drinks are fairly pricey. Part of the allure is the $2 happy hour menu.
Capitol Grille is fine for well poured expensive drinks in a traditional steak house environment but is at least 6-8 blocks away from the zone.
Bistro D'Oc is about 2 blocks away and a good spot if you want a glass of wine in a classic French bistro setting. A hidden gem.
Other nearby places:
Cafe Atlantico has great cocktails, more posh. Sometimes dead on weeknights.
Chef Geoff's - great daily happy hour; full of young professionals; good beers.
Gordon Biersch - german style lagers and good bar area. Feels like a bank.
Harry's - my default downtown dive bar across the street from the zone; can be touristy though but usually an interesting mix of tourists, lawyers, and cops.