In anticipation of this year's Noir City Fest at the Castro, I've been poking around for a nearby casual neighborhood hangout to make a regular nightly haunt of throughout the two-week long festival screenings, within short walking distance of the theater. For those who recall my earliest posts on this board, it was Noir City three years ago which brought me to this wonderful city; opened my eyes to the unparalleled beauty (and aliment!) of Northern California, introduced me to my wife and ultimately made me a local - it's a much cheaper commute! ;)
We'll once again be at almost every screening this year and the first feature usually kicks off at around 7pm with a min. 35-45 minutes advance arrival for securing good seats, rubbing elbows & being social in the mezzanine. We're planning to be at the box office by 6:20pm nightly... with a flask of Blanton's in my coat pocket!
Now Anchor Oyster Bar takes no reservations; walk-in only. I've only been once and right before closing (conveniently after catching a flick at the Castro) so my perception of wait times, service and general turnaround aren't the most precise. Would it be reasonable to assume that we should be able to show up by 5:30pm nightly, get seated and nosh on small plates at the bar for the better part of an hour before skipping out to the theater? How popular/busy does it get in the evenings and is the foot traffic pretty steady and dependable between weeknights and weekends; even with the film festival in swing?
Thanks for any input!