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Drink with a view in SF?

karenzuercher May 11, 2010 04:27 PM

Where would you take someone from out of town to get a decent drink with a jaw-dropping view of San Francisco? Are we talking some schmancy cocktail at Top of the Mark or The View (at the Marriott Marquis)? Beer at the Beach Chalet? Bloody Mary at Blooms in Potrero Hill?

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  1. wolfe RE: karenzuercher May 11, 2010 04:36 PM

    If beer will do it, 2 long necks on Twin Peaks.
    Second choice up the hill just north of the Golden Gate bridge.

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      Ruth Lafler RE: wolfe May 11, 2010 05:08 PM

      Depends on the weather conditions. As ML8000 pointed out, sometimes the view from Portrero is better simply because the other are fogged in. I personally think the view from the Marin headlands is one of the most spectacular in the world.

    2. escargot3 RE: karenzuercher May 11, 2010 04:41 PM

      I always enjoy taking folks to Cavallo Point Lodge in the Golden Gate headlands (the Marin County side of the bridge) -- especially at the end of a sunny day.

      Cavallo Point
      601 Murray Circle, Sausalito, CA

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        Calvinist RE: karenzuercher May 11, 2010 04:47 PM

        Don't discount the Top of the Mark view. You pay a price for it but it's quite good.

        Top of the Mark
        Number One Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108

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          ML8000 RE: karenzuercher May 11, 2010 04:59 PM

          I'd go to Blooms but not mention the view. It's very casual and the view comes as a total surprise given the exterior, location and all. Best time is an hour to 30 minutes before sunset, turning into evening/night. Sometimes you can catch the fog rolling over downtown and/or get the view of skyline at night. A good handful of places to get something to eat around there as well.

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            vulber RE: karenzuercher May 11, 2010 05:42 PM

            Can't speak from experience, but Pisco Sours on the outdoor patio at La Mar seem to be popular

            1. Shane Greenwood RE: karenzuercher May 12, 2010 06:57 AM

              There really isn't much of a view from the Beach Chalet. There is a wide parking lot, boulevard and barrier between the restaurant and the ocean and the building isn't that tall. People usually prefer the view (and the food) at the Cliff House just up the road. Both places can be socked in with fog though, and after dark you can't see a thing. But on a nice day, or nice sunset, the Cliff House is spectacular (the food ranges from average to good and is a little pricey for what you get).

              1. Robert Lauriston RE: karenzuercher May 12, 2010 07:47 AM

                Bloom's. Can't beat it.

                Blooms Saloon
                1318 18th St, San Francisco, CA

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