An old friend is coming to SF just a few weeks before her wedding. I hesitate to call this her wedding shower/bachelorette weekend, because this lady just likes things low key. Her #1 request was that she be in bed by 11pm each night (and I only think she's half kidding). For her weekend, we have planned the Academy of Sciences, tea at Crown and Crumpet, the symphony, and we're moving on to deciding on dinner and drink locations. I have several restaurant in mind, so no help needed there.
But I'm kind of blanking on quiet bars where four girls can sit and chat after dinner. She likes wine and a nicely made cocktail, but is not an avid foodie by any stretch. I think she'd really get a kick out of places with more of a vibe that she can't get in sterile La Jolla, CA. She is quite an artist and enjoys all things with a dark but beautiful aesthetic:, or just plain cute.
Bourbon and Branch--always my neighborhood fall back
Hotel Biron--I think she'd like the vibe, but it does sometimes get really packed
Orbit Room--I hear great things, but still have never been. How noisy and crowded does it get on Fridays and Saturdays? And it's hardly dark and beautiful.
Elixir--again, hear good things but have never been
We do want some place where we'll be able to talk. Perhaps a less obvious choice, like a good hotel bar? Maybe she'd like the Top of the Mark. Not dark, but charmingly old school.