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Drinks for a group, downtown/civic center/near BART

SarahKC Jun 9, 2008 04:47 PM

I'm hosting an alumni event (read: group of folks who don't know each other) and am looking for a place downtown/civic center/easy on public transportation that has drinks/some food. Preferably quiet.

I was thinking Absinthe but I'm concerned the bar area is not conducive to people meeting.

What about Cafe Claude?

Other suggestions?


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  1. JasmineG RE: SarahKC Jun 9, 2008 05:11 PM

    How many people are likely to be there?

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    1. re: JasmineG
      SarahKC RE: JasmineG Jun 9, 2008 11:04 PM

      Maybe 15

    2. Atomica RE: SarahKC Jun 10, 2008 06:51 AM

      I'm guessing what might be throwing people off is "quiet." That might be tough. I don't think a group of 15 is going to be all that quiet themselves.

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: SarahKC Jun 10, 2008 09:05 AM

        I like Schroeder's for that sort of thing. Huge, good for groups, relatively quiet unless it's one of the occasional nights with live polka music.

        1. jillyju RE: SarahKC Jun 10, 2008 09:06 AM

          How about CAV, near Zuni? It would seem to meet all requirements.

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            bbulkow RE: jillyju Jun 20, 2008 11:30 PM

            CAV's so narrow, would it really be good for a group like that? It's almost 100% duces and 4-tops. Not that I don't love CAV.

          2. Windy RE: SarahKC Jun 10, 2008 06:02 PM

            Jade is often rented out to groups downstairs and allegedly has appetizers. I love Cafe Claude, but it's not a particularly good space for mingling.

            I believe Absinthe/Arlequin will let you use their gorgeous back patio for a private event. They also used to have a room next to the wine store that was ideal for 15-20; not sure if they still do.

            B bar up above Moscone next to Samovar has wine, cocktails, and food (cheese and charcuterie, oysters), and will set up a table outside. The space inside is small if it turns cold and foggy though.

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              SarahKC RE: Windy Jun 10, 2008 10:25 PM

              These are great suggestions. Thanks so much. I've never been to Schroeder's or Jade or B bar so I can check one of those out. Or CAV is co-owned by my neighbor so that may be it.

              1. re: SarahKC
                Robert Lauriston RE: SarahKC Jun 11, 2008 04:53 AM

                Cav can get quite noisy.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  SarahKC RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 20, 2008 12:00 PM

                  you think even on a wednesday?

                  1. re: SarahKC
                    Robert Lauriston RE: SarahKC Jun 20, 2008 05:05 PM

                    Probably not. Maybe give them a call and see about reserving the corner of the bar area, or the big table all the way in back (not sure if it holds 15).

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston
                      SarahKC RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 22, 2008 08:42 PM

                      Thanks for the tip Robert.

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