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Any good bars near Delfina in San Francisco to stop at while we wait for a table?

slydep Sep 4, 2008 12:52 AM

The bf and I made reservations to Delfina (for the 10 PM slot) and were wondering if there are any good bars nearby to stop and grab a drink before heading over for a late dinner. Thanks!

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    Concetta Sep 4, 2008 08:35 AM

    500 Club at 17th & Guerrero. Kinda divey but not scary-divey.

    1. Robert Lauriston Sep 4, 2008 09:16 AM

      Monk's Kettle. Great beer selection. I'm not sure what else they have.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        ihartsf Sep 4, 2008 04:32 PM

        If you're going to Monk's Kettle, you might as well eat. Their food is great.

        If you're waiting for Delfina, your best bet is to grab a bottle of wine from Buy Rite and enjoy it in Dolores Park.

        1. re: ihartsf
          suebette Sep 5, 2008 08:27 AM

          I would echo Robert's rec for Monk's Kettle - but best to get their early, it fills up pretty quick.

          1. re: ihartsf
            pane Sep 5, 2008 09:04 AM

            Dolores Park near 10 p.m.? Hope they bring a blanket and a space heater.

            500 Club is closest; it's definitely a dive, but a comfortable one. Monk's Kettle has some wines in addition to a huge array of (mostly Belgian) beer. If you're looking for something a bit more upscale, that might be your best bet.

            For cocktails, you can try to have a drink at the bar at Range.

            1. re: pane
              Fig Newton Sep 5, 2008 02:22 PM

              I would definitely second Range. It's about 2-3 blocks away. I'm part of a group of people who has been trying different cocktails around the city all summer long (it's been a tough, tough project) and Range was my favorite so far.

              Have the sungold zinger. It's awesome.

              1. re: pane
                ihartsf Sep 5, 2008 02:44 PM

                There go my critical reading skills. I missed the 10 p.m. reservation time. Generally suboptimal that late, but I bet the park will be nice tonight.

                Conduit's a good 6 blocks away, but they have a nice long bar and make classic cocktails. Dosa also has an underrated bar, though it'll probably be crowded.

          2. j
            Joan Kureczka Sep 5, 2008 09:31 AM

            Elixer Bar on corner of 16th and Guerro. One of the top cocktail places in town, plus a good selection of beers and other things.

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              RoccoPizzoferrato Sep 5, 2008 02:17 PM

              Delfina doesn't serve "drinks" but the bar's nice enough to get there early. You'll probably get your table early. Order a glass of prosecco and an appetizer. Otherwise, Zuni's my favorite bar. Mecca might not be a bad choice- you can walk off the manhattan on your way to Delfina.

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              1. re: RoccoPizzoferrato
                Robert Lauriston Sep 5, 2008 06:45 PM

                Isn't Delfina's bar usually filled with people eating?

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                katielp Sep 5, 2008 02:58 PM

                I just moved into the area--and there are lots and lots of good bars a few blocks south. The Latin American club and Revolution cafe on 22nd street are lively and fun (perhaps a bit too lively on a Fri night) and both serve excellent strong mixed drinks. Parea--the Greek wine bar on Valencia and 19th might be a nice place for a quieter drink; couches, never too busy, and an interesting wine list.

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