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Zinc or Pewter Bar?

mroboston Jan 6, 2011 02:56 PM

Visiting from Boston and looking for a good spot for a drink or a glass of wine and my wife LOVES the zinc or pewter bar...can anyone rec a place with this feature?

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  1. wolfe Jan 6, 2011 03:08 PM

    What's in a name, Le Zinc?

    1. steve h. Jan 6, 2011 03:09 PM

      It has a French hallmark you can spot at the end of the crescent bar, furthest from the door, near the window. Very cool.

      1. Robert Lauriston Jan 6, 2011 03:36 PM

        Cafe Claude's zinc bar and most of the other bar furnishings came from a Parisian bar that went out of business.

        Can you actually sit at the bar at Le Zinc? Photos don't look like it.

        Cafe Claude
        7 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          wolfe Jan 6, 2011 03:53 PM

          "Can you actually sit at the bar at Le Zinc?"
          Was that a condition of the OP? If so I guess that lets out Cafe Fanny. standing room only

          Cafe Fanny
          1603 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

          1. re: wolfe
            steve h. Jan 6, 2011 03:56 PM

            Plenty of room at the bar at Waterbar, views are pretty good, too.
            Deb and I have had more than a few drinks/oysters there but never a full meal. It's an interesting space.

        2. Candice Jan 7, 2011 08:24 AM

          I believe Cafe des Amis has a zinc bar. Cotogna has a zinc or copper bar, can't remember which. Good luck!

          Cafe des Amis
          2000 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

          490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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          1. re: Candice
            steve h. Jan 7, 2011 09:07 AM

            Copper at Cotogna.

            490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

            1. re: steve h.
              wolfe Jan 7, 2011 11:09 AM

              Pewter is a malleable metal alloy, traditionally 85-99% tin, with the remainder consisting of copper, antimony, bismuth and lead.
              Close enough?

              1. re: wolfe
                steve h. Jan 7, 2011 11:44 AM

                Pewter is a wonderful alloy. The bar at Cotogna is bright, shiny copper. The bar at Waterbar is a wonderful zinc (pewter). Both bars are pretty enjoyable.

                490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                1. re: steve h.
                  boris_qd Aug 23, 2011 02:59 PM

                  Do you know if it's zinc or pewter (they are different). I'm actually (strangely enough) looking for a place with a pewter bar. (pewter contains tin and tin is the traditional 10th wedding anniversary gift...)

                  1. re: boris_qd
                    wolfe Aug 23, 2011 05:56 PM

                    That is the traditional, the modern is different. Tradition is good.
                    Traditional Tin / Aluminum
                    Modern Diamond Jewelry

                    1. re: boris_qd
                      steve h. Aug 23, 2011 07:20 PM

                      Howdy Boris,
                      I'm working off memory here: the bar top has a French hallmark but I believe there is tin in the "zinc". The hallmark is on the right side (east) of the half-moon bar near the server station. I should have taken a picture but I didn't.

                      1. re: boris_qd
                        jman1 Aug 23, 2011 07:28 PM

                        Le Zinc seems to claim that "Zinc" bars are actually made of pewter. From their web page, "The cafés of Paris have traditionally been called“ zincs”
                        (pronounced ‘ zang’ ) the name being derived from the pewter bar counters which became a trademark of these establishments."

                        In addition to the zinc bars mentioned above (Cafe Claude being a good example), a search of Yelp will highlight more. But, no results for "pewter bar".

                        1. re: jman1
                          wolfe Aug 23, 2011 07:48 PM

                          This company seems to consider them different

                          1. re: wolfe
                            boris_qd Aug 23, 2011 08:50 PM

                            That's what I found too. Both the periodic table and the seller of metalic bars say that zinc and pewter are different.

                            1. re: boris_qd
                              wolfe Aug 24, 2011 04:02 AM

                              Is a periodic table similar to Schrödinger's cat, it is sometimes there and sometimes not or perhaps sometimes it is a chair?

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                dolcevita_sf Jan 7, 2011 02:23 PM

                Terzo has a zinc bar. http://www.terzosf.com/
                Le Central, I think. http://www.lecentralbistro.com/

                Copper, if I recall, at Absinthe. http://www.absinthe.com/

                3011 Steiner St., San Francisco, CA 94123

                1. bbulkow Apr 29, 2012 09:18 PM

                  Oh yeah - Vero in Palo Alto has a small but very pleasant zinc bar in the back.

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