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Nov 29, 2008 04:44 PM

Good place in SF for a nightcap?

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

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

    1. 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. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: sacabeans

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: mrwino

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

              1. re: sacabeans

                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.

                1. re: Shane Greenwood

                  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)