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Appetizers and Drinks

This shoudn't be so hard, but I am having the worst time thinking of a place that has all of the following elements:

Serves appetizers
Serves drinks - preferably with a full bar
Is not downtown
Has easy parking, there will be three people coming from different sides of the city
Is fairly close to a freeway entrance for the Bay Bridge.

For some reason I am blanking on really anywhere that serves drinks and appetizers. I thought of Fresca in the Fillmore and am trying to think of somewhere in SOMA but can't come up with anywhere. We are open to just about anything. Thanks!

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  1. I'm not sure about parking in that area, but I thought about Coco500. SoMa, great drinks, and small plates that are appetizer-ish.

    1. how about mecca as your destination.
      parking is variable there.

      i think nihon whiksey lounge is a little expensive
      but it meets your criteria more or less ...
      again depends whether "easy parking" means
      instant [like in pot hill] or couple of min/couple of blocks.

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      1. re: psb

        I just found out the problem with the parking has gotten trickier. It is two people from SF who think a couple of minutes/blocks and are looking for street parking and someone from LA who just moved here and doesn't trust her parallel skills and would love it there was a garage nearby. I know we won't be able to get all of these options in.
        Someone just suggested Harry's on Filmore - does that roughly hit what I was requesting?

        1. re: Meredith

          Harry's hits most of your requirements, except the parking. Parking is not easy, parallel parking will be involved and I can't think of garages close by.

          1. re: meggie t

            That is what I thought. I am now suggesting Bruno's in the Mission. There is a lot two doors down, parking isn't usually that bad and while it isn't very close to an onramp, it isn't terribly far. Will report back - though having been there before, the food is standard bar food, usually well done but nothing that leaves me dying to go back.

            1. re: Meredith

              How about Lolo or Range in the Mission? Both are near the parking garage in the center of the Mission (at 22nd, maybe, between Valencia and Mission). I'm not sure that Lolo has a full bar, though. There is also Beretta, which opened recently; I haven't been.

        1. Two - the former Hawthrone Lane.

          1. You might want to check out Slanted Door in the Ferry Building. It's close the freeway (though is downtown which you are looking to stay away from), has tasty food, you'll pretty much have to park in a garage, and they run one of the best drink programs in the city.

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            1. re: boozemonkey

              It is the Friday downtown we are trying to avoid. It usually takes me almost an hour to get into downtown and parked on a Friday around 5:30. Insanity for coming from Noe Valley! Other days don't seem to be as rough, I think it is because almost everyone heads out of the office at the same time whether they are going home or going out for drinks.

              1. re: Meredith

                Might have been the last Friday of the month...ie., critical mass ride. That's pretty fun...if you're not in a car or bus. Stay away.

                1. re: Meredith

                  How about someplace near the New Mission Bartlett Garage or the Hoff Street Garage?