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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. What's in a name, Le Zinc?

    1. Waterbar.
      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. 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

          "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

            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. 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

            Copper at Cotogna.

            490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

            1. re: steve h.

              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

                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.

                  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

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

                    1. re: boris_qd

                      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

                        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

                          This company seems to consider them different

                          1. re: wolfe

                            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

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

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