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Cocktails Near Financial Dist SF

DaveLaf Aug 13, 2008 03:31 PM

Any ideas for cocktails in a romantic atmosphere near the Montgomery St BART (+/- a couple of clocks?)
Thanks Chow hounds

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    DavidT RE: DaveLaf Aug 13, 2008 03:44 PM

    Try the Pied Piper Bar in the Palace Hotel. It is on the south side of Market St. (at the corner of New Montgomery).

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      Truffle Dog RE: DaveLaf Aug 13, 2008 03:54 PM

      What about the Carnelian Room View Lounge? Fairly quiet, great views of SF. The food is very average but it's good for cocktails...

      http://carnelianroom.com/

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        rworange RE: Truffle Dog Aug 13, 2008 09:50 PM

        Seasons at the Four Seasons

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        kresge86 RE: DaveLaf Aug 14, 2008 08:16 AM

        The bar at Ducca Restaurant & Lounge in the Westin on 3rd Street. It's a beautiful space, and very convenient to Montgomery St. Bart.

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        50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

        1. hill food RE: DaveLaf Aug 14, 2008 01:10 PM

          Ginger's Trois on Kearny.

          ok, sorry that's a different sort of romance than you probably mean.

          old-school - Sam's Grill
          new - Tunnel Top is sort of cool (but was far better when it was scary)

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            DaveLaf RE: hill food Aug 21, 2008 04:56 PM

            True on Ginger's but we are open minded Bay Area types! Celebrate Diversity!

            Thanks everyone for the great ideas.

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              hill food RE: DaveLaf Aug 21, 2008 05:16 PM

              diversity is great, but I always found Ginger's a little strange for all (well most) except the Bukowski meets the Burroughs crowd. that said, it's somehow gratifying there are such places whether I ever actually go in or not.

          2. steve h. RE: DaveLaf Aug 14, 2008 03:38 PM

            bix makes a good drink but maybe a block or two far for you.
            tunnel top can really build a drink but it's cramped, loud and outrageous.
            pied piper at the palace is less frantic but the drinks are not inspired.
            the bar upstairs at epic roast house has a good mixologist.

            give epic (upstairs bar) a shot. it's not a chowhound favorite but the room is good, the views are good and the barkeep knows booze.

            1. Windy RE: DaveLaf Aug 14, 2008 05:31 PM

              B bar atop Yerba Buena, if it's a sunny day and you like raw oysters.

              The bar at Slanted Door is cool. Orson has great cocktails.

              Many of the places on this list are better suited to 10th (or 20th) anniversaries than first dates.

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                weem RE: DaveLaf Aug 14, 2008 10:22 PM

                It might be too far, but the bar in the swooping atrium lobby of the Hyatt Regency (located at 5 Embarcadero Center) can be a nice setting. Attractive enough to feel charmed, hushed enough to feel intimate, large enough to not feel crowded. If you start at Montgomery BART and head down Market Street towards the Ferry Building, it's just a few minutes' walk. Ten minutes, maybe fifteen if it's a slow romantic stroll. :-) And if transportation matters, you'll find yourself at the Embarcadero BART station, a number of bus and trolley lines, and even the terminus of the California Street cable car line.

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