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