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Drinks Near Nojo

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TXGSD Jun 2, 2011 12:21 PM

Out-of-towners headed to Nojo (Franklin at Linden) next weekend. Any recommendations for before or after dinner drinks in the vicinity of the restaurant (good wine/beer selection preferred)? Thank you.

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Nojo
231 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: TXGSD Jun 2, 2011 12:32 PM

    There are two good wine bars nearby, Hotel Biron and Pause.

    Huh, yakitori / izakaya, former executive chef of Ame, opened in April. No real reports here yet, just one vague recommendation.

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    Hotel Biron
    45 Rose St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    Pause Wine Bar
    1666 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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      mdg RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 2, 2011 01:05 PM

      I went to Nojo a couple weeks ago and found it pleasant but unremarkable, not as tasty as Sumika in Los Altos.

      Michael

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      Sumika
      236 Central Plz, Los Altos, CA 94022

      Nojo
      231 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      1. re: mdg
        pane RE: mdg Jun 2, 2011 02:05 PM

        Agreed with mdg on the Nojo front.

        For beer/wine, Absinthe or the bar at Zuni are good and close. Smuggler's Cove doesn't hit your beer/wine preference, but is interesting--upscale tiki bar, I think they have a beer or two, but it's mostly rums and a Bible-length list of cocktails. I like the "Three Dots and a Dash."

        If your reservation is early, Arlequin is great for a low-key drink beforehand. It's a wine shop and take-out/cafe spot run by the Absinthe people. You can buy wine to drink in the wine shop, and grab a beer from the excellent assortment at the attached cafe. Only problem is they're not open late.

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        Zuni Cafe
        1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Smuggler's Cove
        650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Nojo
        231 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    2. Windy RE: TXGSD Jun 2, 2011 12:51 PM

      Absinthe is where I'd go afterward for wine or cocktails.

      Beforehand you may run into opera and symphony crowds.

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      Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
      398 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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        TXGSD RE: Windy Jun 2, 2011 02:27 PM

        Thanks for the recommendations. Smuggler's Cove is queued up for a different night.

        We've enjoyed Ame in the past, which drove the choice of Nojo. What izakaya-style places in the City should we be considering as an alternative (bonus points for a good sake selection)?

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        Smuggler's Cove
        650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Nojo
        231 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        1. re: TXGSD
          wolfe RE: TXGSD Jun 2, 2011 02:50 PM

          Not quite izakaya Kappou Gomi.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6801...

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          Kappou Gomi
          5524 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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            Windy RE: TXGSD Jun 2, 2011 02:59 PM

            San Francisco isn't really known for izakayas, so it's an unusual destination coming from out of town. Some people would recommend Oyaji; I'm not one of them.

            number of sushi bars have good sake selections (Sebo, Koo, ICHI, Sushi AKA Tombo to name a few).

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            Sebo
            517 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

            Koo
            408 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

            Sushi Aka Tombo
            1737 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA 94115

            ICHI Sushi
            3369 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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