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Feb 3, 2009 08:40 AM

martini in FiDi, North Beach, Chinatown

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.

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: srr

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

        Tosca Cafe
        242 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        1. Please report your Edsel-less experience.

          1. 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

              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

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