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Good place in SF for a nightcap?

sacabeans Nov 29, 2008 04:44 PM

I am looking for a place to take my in-laws after a night of looking at Christmas stuff in SF for a nightcap. We have been to Buena Vista before...and are looking for something cozy and maybe off the beaten path. Not looking for a young bar scene. We are 30...the parents late 50's. Any suggestions? It does not have to be in a particular place in SF. Thanks!

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    Trevallon RE: sacabeans Nov 29, 2008 05:17 PM

    Sounds like Liverpool Lils might do the trick. Very cozy, full bar

    Liverpool Lil's
    2942 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA

    1. SFguy RE: sacabeans Nov 29, 2008 05:29 PM

      Not sure where you are located, at but Balbao Cafe on Fillmore or Brazen Head , nearby, are both good bar choices that I have taken my parents to and they enjoyed both.

      1. bbulkow RE: sacabeans Nov 29, 2008 10:52 PM

        What time?

        If not too late, consider the "cafe seating" at Boulevard - the informal seats in the front - great deserts and a highly passable bar - and a great room.

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          sacabeans RE: sacabeans Nov 30, 2008 05:34 PM

          I guess I should narrow the areas down. A good place in (North Beach, Financial District, Embarcadaro, Union Square, or Marina). Thanks! Good suggestions so far.

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            Deeg67 RE: sacabeans Nov 30, 2008 08:42 PM

            Well, Top of the Mark meets every requirement except off the beaten path (it's certainly not that). I can hardly think of a better "take the parents" kind of place, though - it really is a great SF experience.

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            mrwino RE: sacabeans Dec 1, 2008 08:46 AM

            A new spot called Gitane downtown by Union Square is fantastic. They have great cocktails a very interesting wine list and the food is great if you like Spanish Mediterranean cuisine plus their open late I believe till midnight for food. The decor was amazing and the service was great and unpretentious. Definitely of the beaten path and cozy.

            Gitane Restaurant & Bar
            6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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              sacabeans RE: mrwino Dec 1, 2008 04:40 PM

              Thanks everyone for the suggestions...any more would be greatly appreciated!

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                Shane Greenwood RE: sacabeans Dec 1, 2008 04:50 PM

                Check out The Big 4 on Nob Hill. It has a great bar with bistro tables and has an old money feel. There is usually a piano player for added atmosphere. It's on California in the Huntington Hotel. It's the kind of place where they still make martinis in a proper martini glass.

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                  rickinsf RE: Shane Greenwood Dec 1, 2008 06:24 PM

                  I heartily concur with the recommendation on the Big 4. No theater; just a quality late evening cocktail for adults and sophisticates. (and the occasional tourista)

            2. tvham RE: sacabeans Dec 1, 2008 08:14 PM

              How about Bix or Tosca?

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                javacan RE: sacabeans Dec 1, 2008 08:40 PM

                The Brazenhead in the Marina is an old standby. I believe they are a sister to Liverpool Lil's

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                  dfro78 RE: sacabeans Dec 1, 2008 09:13 PM

                  enricos in north beach. they have heat lamps on the patio and sometimes live music.

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