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drink near the cable car turnaround

Meeting a friend for a drink near Powell and Market--where she's taking a class--on Wednesday afternoon. Any Chowhound-ish recommendations? I suspect she's going to BART it back to the East Bay afterwards--so what's good, within a 10-minute walking radius?

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  1. I like the bar at Kuleto's on Powell just up from the cable car turnaround. For an "earthier" venue there's the Gold Dust right there also. Food available at Kuletos's; drinks only at Gold Dust.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Here's a set of photos from happy hour at the Gold Dust for a sense of the venue.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I love those pix! I've gone there a half dozen times or so over twenty plus years. It's definitely different than your average fern bar :) I think it was ONE of Herb Caen's haunts. Thanks, MW.

    2. chairbc, I looked through a sampling of your past posts and they're really terse. I have no idea whether to recommend the 21 Club or the bar at the hotel palomar. What's chowish mean to you?

      Ok, I don't think the right answer is the 21 club.

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      1. re: bbulkow

        sorry, I'm trying to be clever...I've found so many good leads in Chowhound (Mexican restaurants along 101, brunch in Manhattan, others) that I think "chowish" is intuitive--I mean, enjoying food that's serious, whatever the price range or style....

        1. re: chairbc

          So you're looking for food, or a bar? Cocktails or coffee? Formal or informal? You're getting a lot of diverse recommendations - people are just throwing out ideas - farmer brown is quite different from the Four Seasons.

      2. Might try Kuleto's. Nothing special, de-facto hotel bar (can't remember the semi-attached hotel's name), but right there and the sorta place you get a quick drink (but don't eat there). There's a wine bar around there that I don't remember what it's called.

        221 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

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        1. re: ML8000

          Hotel is Villa Florence. Would the "wine bar" be Crush?

        2. For wine try the Hidden Vine on Cosmo across from Le Colonial - good for a rainy day. For cocktails Clock Bar at Michael Mina in the Westin St. Francis, Scala's across the street at the Sir Francis Drake. For the afterwork crowd, DADA on Second at Mission or the Irish Bank with the outside patio if it's nice on Bush between Grant and Kearny.

          1. Hey, thanks to all for your answers so far...not one of which I would have thought of on my own! much appreciated.

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            1. re: chairbc

              If you want someplace quiet to visit with your friend where you'll feel special and pampered and don't mind paying $$$ for cocktails, the bar at the Four Seasons is wonderful.

            2. farmerbrown is a block from there and the cocktails are remarkably good.

              The Press Club is a couple of blocks away, good only if you like California wine. The Hidden Vine is a nice space, I haven't been there since it changed hands.

              For beer, the best place in the area is Thirsty Bear.

              Hidden Vine
              620 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109

              Thirsty Bear Brewing Co
              661 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105

              Farmer Brown
              25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

              Press Club SF
              20 Yerba Buena lane, San Francisco, CA

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                I second Farmer Brown.
                Also, Two has excellent cocktails, and happy hour specials, though it's a little more of a walk (Hawthorne lane, between second and third, howard and folsom).

                1. re: balabanian

                  the place link

                  22 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105

              2. E&O Trading Company has fun cocktails, plus food. Can't vouch for the food, but the drinks are pretty tasty.

                E & O Trading Co
                314 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108