upscale bar, mid-afternoon, Civic Center area
Does anything fit this description?
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
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.