I am putting together a 60th birthday party for a group of women, ranging in age from 30 to 60. I have dinner reservations at Hayes Street Grill, dessert reservations at Citizen Cake. Please help me decide where to take this group of 9 for cocktails... considering Absinthe, Jardinere, Zuni or your favorite watering hole within walking distance?
We want atmosphere that is loungy with seating, and the noise level is not so deafening as to allow conversation. Good drinks are important. Also important, the ability to walk in on a Friday evening (6-ish) and get decent service. Is there anywhere you know of that one can make a reservation for the bar/lounge? Appetizers are a minor consideration.