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Aug 22, 2008 09:03 AM

After Work Cocktails near BART in SF

Am looking for a easy place for 6-10+ of us to go for drinks
in San Francisco downtown, near bart. Timing would be after 6 pm on a weekday.

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  1. What kind of atmosphere are you looking for? Do you want bar food as well? Fancy cocktails? Happy hour deals?

    6 Replies
    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      Good questions. doesn't have to be fancy and happy hour deals are always welcome but not a deal breaker. I like places that you can sit and talk rather than standing, ideally I avoid throngs of noisy people but I like it to still be a popular, place and well priced is good, ie: long pours of wine are good, along with cocktails. Does that help? Thanks.

      1. re: randeebin

        Aside from the fact that there are no "long pours" of anything in SF, check out "Market Bar" at foot of Market/Ferry Building, there's a patio infront adn a nice bar right when you walk in; the Wine Merchant is a great afterwork spot as well, great people watching, though a tad cramped. There is also One Market across from Hyatt too.

        1. re: tsalad

          Yeah, I wouldn't recommend the Wine Merchant for a party of six (or more) -- way too small and not really conducive to sitting and talking.

          You might want to check out the lounge at Sens -- it's a nice space with lots of comfortable seating that's well-arranged for groups. I can't speak for the drinks, but they have a decent wine list and some wines by the carafe.

          4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            That is a nice place and usually quiet.

            I like Schroeder's. Goofy old-school decor, very laid-back, not usually as crowded or noisy as Harrington's or the Royal Exchange.

            The Holding Company, kind of hidden away on the top level of 2 Embarcadero, is usually quiet.

        2. re: randeebin

          The bar at the St Regis has well-mixed (and expensive) cocktails and comfortable seating. Bourbon and Branch accepts reservations; personally, I enjoy the speakeasy ruse, though I have had mixed luck with the coctails there.

          Less fancy
          I like divey House of Shields, which has booths that can fit up to 6; 10 would be a stretch. Zebulon has fairly reasonable prices and seating, though at 6 near the weekend you're unlikely to nab a table for 10. For a pub atmosphere, Irish Bank can be fun.

          As far as how crowded places are likely to be, it depends on which week day you're looking at. Thursday and Friday draw crowds of a different size than Monday or Tuesday.

          1. re: pane

            House of Shields is a great bar, but can be noisy.

      2. Depending on what BART station you want to use, Thirsty Bear is a reasonable walk to Montgomery St. Plus you can get nibbles if the drinking gets a bit longer than anticipated.