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martini in FiDi, North Beach, Chinatown

edgrimley Feb 3, 2009 08:40 AM

Taking some out of town guests to Sam Wo for the experience later this week. Would like to bracket the meal with good pre and post-drinks.

Was away from town for a few years and have recently returned. Anything walkable that would serve a great cocktail? Real martini, good gin. Nothing chocolate or coffee or pink.


Moderate scene is okay.

  1. s
    srr Feb 3, 2009 09:20 AM

    Tosca on Columbus. Great martinis, great "house coffee", great atmosphere.
    Edit to add: Sorry missed the "nothing coffee." Still great place for a martini

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    1. re: srr
      edgrimley Feb 3, 2009 03:12 PM

      it's not a coffee martini though....so Tosca does count. Good classic vibe too. Thanks for the reminder.

      1. re: srr
        rworange Feb 17, 2009 09:42 AM

        Where did you go? How was Sam Wo and what did you have?

        Tosca Cafe
        242 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

      2. j
        Jeff Feb 3, 2009 10:06 AM

        Yes, Bix!

        1. wolfe Feb 3, 2009 03:16 PM

          Please report your Edsel-less experience.

          1. Ruth Lafler Feb 3, 2009 03:28 PM

            If you're doing SF classics, how about Tadich? I'm sure if you even suggested a pink drink they'd suggest you go elsewhere. Closer to Chinatown and still an SF classic would be Alfred's.

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            1. re: Ruth Lafler
              steve h. Feb 3, 2009 03:32 PM

              tadich makes a good martini. the bar area (in front and to the left) is small but entertaining. note that they don't welcome you with a classic double martini glass. that's the price of poker.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                Melanie Wong Feb 3, 2009 09:03 PM

                Yes, Alfred's, and the drinks are served in the shaker so you're getting more than a double.

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