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Oct 12, 2011 10:51 AM

Drinks before Benu? [San Francisco]

Any thoughts on a place to grab a drink or a glass of wine before Benu on Saturday? I would prefer to not have to park twice.

22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. Zare at Flytrap--around the corner on Folsom between 2nd and Hawthorne.

    1. Other bars within 2-3 blocks:

      Pied Piper (Palace Hotel, Market @ New Montgomery). This is an historic bar in SF, features
      a mural by Maxfield Parrish. You may be joining a lot of tourists here, but it makes for positive energy. We had a drink here before our Benu dinner, and I can tell you the walk to the restaurant takes about 5 minutes (in heels).

      House of Shields (across the street from the Palace on New Montgomery). Also historic (opened in 1908), was recently restored and has a breathtaking interior featuring wood carvings, paneling and an intricate chandelier. Likely to be a bit more loud than these other options, but the drinks are good.

      Bar at the St. Regis Hotel (3rd @ Minna). Probably obviously the most posh/quiet option, and the most consistent the vibe you'll get at Benu (although not identical). If you're more likely to want wine than a cocktail, this may offer the best selection.

      Enjoy your evening!

      Pied Piper Bar
      Market New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94102

      22 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. We ended parking twice so that we could go to the newly expanded City Beer. The space is great -- nice division between the bar and the bottle section so that you don't have to ask people to move to scan the shelves and make selections. More taps and a nice long bar. They still had some of their anniversary beers available.