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Jan 17, 2008 06:50 PM

Recurring theme - heading to SF this weekend.....quick bite Fri night, brunch and pub suggestions please.

My husband and I are heading to SF (from LA) this weekend (common theme I know). Going to Bar Tartine Saturday night, Suppenküche Sunday night (my husband is German) I feel we have the evening meals taken care of. So this is what we need:-

a) a quick bite Friday night after we arrive...was thinking Delfina for pizza...other suggestions?
b) some good brunch places (we are staying near the Civic Center BART station)
c) alternative/ cool pubs to have a few beers (the emphasis here is on beer) and shoot some pool later in the evening

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  1. For pool and nosh, I would heartily recommend the Thirsty Bear (661 Howard St.). They are just around the corner from Jillian's which has better (read: regulation) pool tables, but The Thirsty Bear is a great brew-pub, brewing upwards of 8 or 10 different beers at any given time. They have a nice tapas menu and the pool tables are upstairs. Perfect for what you are looking for! Might be the perfect place to start with when you arrive on Friday evening. I reccomend the Congrejo Toastado a warm crab & Manchego cheese dip toasted on sourdough bread with mixed green salad.

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    1. For brunch on Sunday, Bar Jules is right next door to Suppenkuche.

      Bar Jules
      609 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      1. IIRC, Thirsty Bear has a pool table Maybe someone can confirm. The places I know in SF with pool tables don't have good beer.

        There are a number of new beer places in SF for beer but don't think any have pool tables
        Monk's Kettle

        Wunder Brew

        The Trappist

        There's a third new place but I'm blanking on the name.

        Anyway the old standby is Toronado

        A few places for brunch or breakfast nearby
        Brenda's French Soul Food
        Citizen Cake

        Zuni has light, but lovely breakfasts on and off. Not sure the current status, but it is my favorite when they have it perfectly poached eggs with lighlty toasted baguette type of thing. You could wander up to Delassio after for a pastry.

        Dottie's in the Tenderloin is not too far.

        Hope you will report back on what you tried and how you liked it ... or didn't.

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        1. re: rworange

          The Thirsty Bear has two pool tables -- upstairs. Confirmed. I shoot there often.

          I also shoot pool at Jillian's (mediocre beer and food), The Abbey (beer, no food), The Bitter End (two tables upstairs, mediocre bar food, beer), and The Dogs Bollix (beer, no food).

          1. re: rworange

            DeLessio (trying to add link; did not work). Anyway, it's DeLessio -- spelled that way.


            1. re: Atomica

              The link to the place rec is in my post.

              I don't like direct linking when it is a one line rec. To me it makes the linked record option less useful. Instead of getting useful reports you get a lot of 'I like xxx" and that's it.

          2. Absinthe, in Hayes Valley, does a lovely brunch. I second Monk's Kettle and Wunder Brew for beer. You may also want to try Magnolia's or The Alembic (no pool tables). Also, the San Francisco Brewing Company (not sure about pool) over on the edge of North Beach is always a treat!

            1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

            Magnolia Pub & Brewery
            1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

            Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
            398 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

            San Francisco Brewing Co
            155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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            1. re: rahir

              If you're not afraid to walk through a pretty seedy (but not dangerous) neighborhood, Brenda's French Soul Food has a great brunch and is very close to Civic Center.

              I'd second the recommendation for Absinthe, as well.

              Mad Dog in the Fog has 2 pool tables and two dart boards (I certainly wouldn't call it "alternative", though). They have a passable beer selection and a nice back patio. It's within walking distance of Suppenküche.

              Brenda's French Soul Food
              652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Mad Dog In the Fog
              530 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

              1. re: rahir

                Absinthe comes highly recommended by several - and the name is awfully appealing :) Thanks.

              2. Cit Beer on Folsom might also be worth checking out!