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Post-holiday Happy Hour suggestions - Van Ness corridor

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We are four <ahem> middle-aged women who want to meet for an after-work drink in San Francisco. One of us works near Van Ness and Market and two of us at the other end of Van Ness near Aquatic Park, so we'd like to stick to the Van Ness corridor area. We are not super-trendy but also not fuddy-duddies, so want a place with some zip but not too crowded and noisy that we can't talk. One woman suggested the "new" Trader Vic's (where Stars used to be) but I think it might be too staid (and expensive)? Suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Not much on Van Ness that is not too dreadful, perhaps going to The Hotel Majestic they have a nice bar area, not sure if they have a Happy Hour
    1500 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94109

    or
    Same for Brick nice bar, not sure if they have a Happy Hour

    Brick Restaurant
    1085 Sutter St. @ Larkin

    Less Upscale- Both very casual
    I have not been to Big Foot Lodge for a long time, more casual neighborhood bar, they have a Happy Hour-
    Bigfoot Lodge
    1750 Polk St
    San Francisco, CA 94109

    I like Olive for Happy Hour, just on the fringe of the Tenderloin, neighborhood, casual atmosphere. Thye make good drinks and have to good bar bites.
    Olive
    743 Larkin (at O'Farrell)