Cool Places to Take Your Client [for a drink] in… San Francisco

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By: Brittany Guarna-Martinez, Marketing Coordinator

When it’s five o’clock somewhere, and you are looking for a New (or Old) School place to take a client for a drink in San Francisco, consider checking out one of these five watering holes.


Trick Dog:  A semi-finalist in this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards, Trick Dog is decidely New School, but with that Old School feel.  The menus change here on a regular basis, so you always feel like you are experiencing something new [As we write, the theme is “Declassified”.]  Nestled at 20th and Florida in the Mission, Trick Dog gets busy even during work hours and they don’t take reservations.  Have a carefully crafted cocktail downstairs then, repair upstairs for lunch or dinner.

waterbar sf

Waterbar:  If it’s a great view you seek, try Waterbar (399 The Embarcadero).  Designed by famed SF restaurateur Pat Kuleto (Boulevard, Fog City Diner) Waterbar’s views of the bay will keep you coming back for more and there is ample outdoor seating.  If you are hungry,  Seafood is the specialty of the restaurant.

Tonga room

The Tonga Room:  First, you were told there’d be Old School.   Second, before you complain that The Tonga Room was where your grandmother and grandfather hung out or your parents first met, Entrepreneur ranked TTR as ‘one of the best bars for VC meetings’ in its 2016 Business Travel Awards.  We also once spotted Sir Anthony Hopkins there….and, no, he wasn’t washing anything down “with a nice chianti.”  Also, TTR is the only indoor bar we know of in San Francisco where it “rains”.  How cool is that?

Hard Water sf

Hard Water:  Located at Pier 3, this 750sf bar includes 18ft ceilings and a “wall o’ whiskey” you have to see to believe. (We counted 357 on the menu alone, but we’d had a few.)  Hard Water is a great place to people-watch as you and your client make your way through the endless drink menu.


21st Amendment Brewery:  For the ale aficionados among you, 21st Amendment is widely regarded as one of the best beer bars in San Francisco, making handcrafted beers with funky names like Toaster Pastry and Brew Free or Die! IPA.  Located at 563 2nd Street, it’s also a great place to stop on your way to or from a Giants game.

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