cocktails near Le Méridien
can you fine people help an ignoramus out? i'm looking for a place to nab a drink near the le meridien hotel, and am fairly clueless when it comes to san francisco and the area around the hotel.
i'm looking for various options: upscale, cutting edge cocktails, shot and a pop kind of places, places with extraordinary selections of whiskeys, tequilas, rums, and joints with a fabulous selection of beer or wine by the glass.
possibly interested in a nosh, although that's not a deal breaker.
Tosca, which is lovely and old school, and 15 Romolo, which serves good cocktails but is more hipster than swish.
10 minute or less walk to Comstock Saloon, same distance in the opposite direction (but may not have any snacks) House of Shields Saloon, and 10 in yet another direction, the bar at Slanted Door (really great drinks, including interesting wine and beer and snacks, too). For the rum drinks, take a cab to Smuggler's Cove.
Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111
House of Shields Saloon
39 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA
650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102
155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
The Hidden Vine is a nice wine bar very close to Le Meridien. I don't know if they have a full bar. I have only had wine there and was not paying attention.
Rickhouse - crowded financial district type of bar. Dark, dim, trendy. Great, well-made cocktails... sort of the type where you call the bartenders mixologist.
I will second the Aventine rec. A lot more casual and hidden.