Readers may recall I announced a meetup for San Francisco on July 30. Assume for now that the time is 6 PM. I’ll confirm later in the week. I will be flying in that day, but my plane gets in at 2 PM, so absent a horrible delay we should be all systems go.
Californians had many excellent suggestions for what to do in San Francisco, but not so many on venues for the meetup! I asked the hotel concierge, and she thought that the ideas that were served up (pun intended) were for places that ran the risk of being too noisy.
Here are the three spots she recommended, all near BART stops, which was one thing readers regarded as important.
The Press Club. The idea of meeting at a place called “Press Club” amuses me. The wine and draft beer list is extensive, but it might be too pricey for some. Of course, we can order bottles…
Hidden Vine. This place looks comfy/clubby from the pix and it has some wines and beers at better price points than Press Club (several wines at $8 a glass and two local draft beers at $6).
The Palace. I stayed there when speaking at a conference. The bar is ginormous but not sure the layout is amenable to being taken over by a group of 10-20.
If any readers have a point of view on these venues, I’d very much appreciate the input. I’m leaning towards Hidden Vine but let me know if there are reasons to prefer the others.
Thanks and look forward to seeing you later this month.
Update: From a reader via e-mail:
Press Club is a great space, good for a group. Lots of space, and with reservations, we should be able to have a nice quiet-ish corner. I haven’t been there in a couple of years though, but from the Yelp reviews, seems like the quality has held up.