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Jan 28, 2008 07:19 AM

upscale bar, mid-afternoon, Civic Center area

Does anything fit this description?

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    1. re: Windy

      Closed on Mondays, unfortunately. Looks good, though.

    2. Bar Drake - not eactly Civic Center but a very nice lounge and bar.
      Lobby of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel
      450 Powell St.

      The bar in the Hotel Monoco-Grand Cafe – Brasserie and Bar
      Geary and Taylor
      Absinthe Brasserie and Bar- Hayes/Gough-closed Monday

      1. When I worked in the area, we sometimes would hit Stars for happy hour, which makes me wonder how Trader Vic's would work for this purpose. I suppose it's upscale Tiki. Mai Tais and Crab Rangoon appetizers?

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        1. re: Xiao Yang

          Special occasions like this that I miss Stars too. Trader Vic's in SF has closed.

          I'd vote for Absinthe too. Depending on how large HC's party is, it might be worth booking Jardiniere for a private event. I've been to some lovely mid-afternoon wine and cheese receptions there.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Trader Vic's is already closed? Seems like it just reopened.

        2. Absinthe is a great option. Soluna is another possibility. I've been there before for an event, and the atmosphere was nice.

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

          Soluna Cafe & Lounge
          272 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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          1. re: rahir

            Soluna seems to undergoing an ownership change, so I'd recommend checking it out before going there...

            Zuni is another bar/food option for mid-day...

          2. Monday afternoon seems to be tough. If a hotel bar will do, how about the one at the big old Hotel on Market at Eighth (used to be the Ramada Plaza, not sure what it's going by now).

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Yep, Cafe Majestic in the Hotel Majestic is closed on Mondays too.

              Haven't been for a few years now, how's the bar room at Hayes Street Bar & Grill these days? It's open on Mondays.

              Hotel Biron's wine bar opens at 5pm,

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I did a little checking, and the hotel I was referring to is now called the Hotel Whitcomb.