What's doing, San Francisco?
posted March 30, 2011 10:46 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat April 2 at 8:00 PM, Thirsty Bear Restaurant and Brewery
661 Howard St, San Francisco, CA, USA (Map & Directions)
Short notice, I know, but two lights and I are going to a conference in San Francisco this weekend and will be around from Friday evening to Tuesday evening. (Related Ask.)
Looks like Thirsty Bear Brewery & Restaurant has a nice mix of location, good for a group, and interesting food & drink.

Reservation is already made for 8 under Patrick, but if we outpace that number quickly over on the right, we can reserve additional tables. (There were still several 6-tops available, it looked like.)
posted by supercres to Meetup (51 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

I'll be watching this IRL and the related ASK intently, since I'll also be at CNS this weekend. I'm flying in from DC on Friday evening and leaving on Tuesday, and also the type to totally ignore the city outside the conference hotel, so a semi-organized low-key something (besides the CNS grad student thing) sounds great.
posted by Nomyte at 11:33 AM on March 30, 2011

I am voting for Monday, as I work in the city but live in the east bay.
posted by Zophi at 3:10 PM on March 30, 2011

Previously in that area we have met up at Gott's Roadside in the Ferry Building and The Grove at Yerba Buena.

Someone in a proposed but never-happened meetup thread had suggested the Thirsty Bear as a possibility.

I also vote for Monday. 2nd choice Saturday.
posted by sarahnade at 5:21 PM on March 30, 2011

I vote for not-Monday, but I'll do Monday if I have to.
posted by madcaptenor at 6:06 PM on March 30, 2011

I've taken my team (about 20 people) to Palomino for happy hour on a Monday evening and they had no problems accommodating us. It's a short, pleasant walk along the Embarcadero. Gordon Biersch works well for these occasions too, and has classic Gilroy (?) garlic fries, but I think the tables that accommodate large parties might be farther from the bay view.
posted by tantivy at 9:22 PM on March 30, 2011

Not sure if I can make it, but I also vote for Monday for the same reason as Zophi.
posted by ambulatorybird at 12:11 AM on March 31, 2011

I'll be in the city on Saturday for Wondercon. (It runs Fri-Sun, but I'm only doing Saturday.) I'd bet I'm not the only MeFi comics geek for whom this'll be true.

So I'd vote Saturday.
posted by Zed at 1:53 AM on March 31, 2011

If we do Saturday there's a good chance I could make it up.
posted by sambosambo at 5:27 AM on March 31, 2011

Hey, I'm also in town very briefly (tonight thru Sunday morning), and I could make a Saturday night. There's a chance that I may run into a free afternoon or morning along the way. If people reading this want to meet up in a non-official-meetup capacity, please memail!
posted by fake at 9:57 AM on March 31, 2011

Ugf. I have a cold that actually isn't too bad until I start talking, then I explode in a coughing fit that damn near rips my head off my shoulders. Since neither drinking in morose silence nor zombie-style anatomical mayhem are de rigueur at MeFi meetups, I'll have to pass on this one.
posted by Quietgal at 9:59 AM on March 31, 2011 [1 favorite]

One of those days I will be celebrating my mom's birthday, but I haven't seen you all in way too long. Not since the scotch!

I'll figure out my schedule and try to come to the meetup as well as fulfill my daughterly obligations.
posted by chatongriffes at 10:20 AM on March 31, 2011

fake! Hello!

My schedule is pretty open, but I may bag out depending on what night gets decided on, because I am committed to watching NCAA basketball (men's Saturday and Monday, women's Sunday and Tuesday). So....maybe.
posted by rtha at 10:41 AM on March 31, 2011

It sounds like Saturday is edging Monday. Would it be easy/possible for us to get (a) table(s) at the places mentioned on a Saturday night with little notice?
posted by supercres at 11:29 AM on March 31, 2011

Thirsty Bear and Palomino and Gordon Biersch take reservations. I think Palomino or Gordon Biersch might be best so that we don't run into WonderCon crowds.
posted by sarahnade at 12:43 PM on March 31, 2011

I'm booked, booked, and booked but if anyone happens to be at SJ Eats on Saturday for lunch or Wondercon on Sunday, ping me! I'll be at Trina Robbins' table for at least some of the time on Sunday. Have a good time, OP!
posted by wintersweet at 1:06 PM on March 31, 2011

All three sound good to me; perhaps Thirsty Bear above the others (based only on the brewpub aspect), but not by far if you think crowds from the con would make things annoying/difficult. I'll let someone who knows the area and those spots better make a final decision.

So what's the thinking? Saturday, 7:00? If someone wants to make an executive decision I'll lock in the details. Hopefully we can get a preliminary number and a reservation made soon.
posted by supercres at 1:16 PM on March 31, 2011

if you guys are still going past 10 on Saturday I might be able to make it. Otherwise Monday works.
posted by MillMan at 1:25 PM on March 31, 2011

It seems there is enough interest to do both, so why not just have two meetups? It's the internet! We can do whatever we want!

Except you Monday folks. You guys have to go make your own thread. Go on. Shoo!
posted by sambosambo at 2:14 PM on March 31, 2011

None of us are executives, so none of us can make decisions!

I also just got reminded that i have a late meeting on Monday so now Saturday is my first choice.
posted by sarahnade at 4:50 PM on March 31, 2011

Saturday at 7 works for me. No way I'm picking a place, though.
posted by madcaptenor at 5:25 PM on March 31, 2011

Yay! I'm the wifey, so I'll be there.
posted by two lights above the sea at 6:08 PM on March 31, 2011

I'll see if we can get a babysitter for Saturday. *fingers crossed*
posted by Zophi at 6:14 PM on March 31, 2011

Looking forward to this. Don't think Gordon Biersch is the best choice.
posted by fake at 7:02 PM on March 31, 2011

Palomino and Gordon Biersch should be good on a Saturday evening, but if you're expecting a crowd, I think you should pick a rough number and make some reservations.

Then again, San Franciscans are pretty big weather wimps and Google's telling me that Saturday will be cloudy and cooler than the surrounding few days, so who knows?
posted by tantivy at 7:03 PM on March 31, 2011

Actually, guys, I think I answered your question badly. My suggestions don't really have ethnic foods or things that you can't find in Philadelphia. They're just close to the Embarcadero Hyatt and good with groups. I won't even be able to make it on Saturday, so don't factor me into your choice of venue =/
posted by tantivy at 7:07 PM on March 31, 2011

Alright. Guess it falls to me then. I'll say Thirsty Bear, because brewpub and tapas sounds like a winning combination.

I count 7 and three maybes. The only time I could get a table for 8 was 8:30, and I had to reserve it with a CC. Boo. (That was the biggest group I could wrangle in.)

Shall we say 8:00, drink at the bar, then hopefully a quorum by 8:30? I'll change the details if someone has a better suggestion, given how past SF meetups have played out.
posted by supercres at 7:07 PM on March 31, 2011

To be honest, you can find most things in Philadelphia. Or at least most ethnic foods. I'm sure someone's about to prove me wrong. But my point is that Philadelphia is not a wasteland.
posted by madcaptenor at 7:11 PM on March 31, 2011

True. And I'm enough of a beer snob that I'm just happy to get a variety I can't get over here. (And I tell myself I can totally tell the difference.)

I think this is good. I just hope the numbers work out.
posted by supercres at 7:15 PM on March 31, 2011

That's true. It seems like certain beers don't cross the Rockies. (I'm guessing that's the line, although what do I know? I've never spent any significant amount of time far from a coast.)
posted by madcaptenor at 9:24 PM on March 31, 2011

Yeah, if you want food and drink on a Saturday night for a big group you probably can't hope for much better. If you wanted to move to just drinks for the meetup then things would be different. That said I'm in!
posted by grapesaresour at 10:17 PM on March 31, 2011

like it, i'm in.
posted by fake at 11:56 PM on March 31, 2011

Since neither drinking in morose silence nor zombie-style anatomical mayhem are de rigueur at MeFi meetups

Now you tell me.
posted by benzenedream at 1:35 AM on April 1, 2011

Childcare taken care of, thomasbrobber and I will be there.
posted by Zophi at 9:41 AM on April 1, 2011

Hey I'm not sure if I can make yet as I had planned on having robots make me drinks this Saturday night. This might be a fun thing for you guys to go to after your shindig, unless you already have robot bartenders in Philly.
posted by danny the boy at 10:56 AM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]

If Philly has robot bartenders, it got them in the last eight months.
posted by madcaptenor at 2:28 PM on April 1, 2011

I think it's probably not a big deal if we have more than the 8 supercres reserved, we can always move back to the bar area if it's a big deal.
posted by sarahnade at 7:34 PM on April 1, 2011

I am feeling slight pangs of regret about the possibility of missing robot bartenders. I am trying to make myself feel better by assuming that nothing will live up to my expectations: essentially, iZac from Futurama.

We're here. See you guys tomorrow.
posted by supercres at 10:39 PM on April 1, 2011

Blarg, looks like I'm the only attending co-author for a poster in tonight's poster session. Make me a "maybe."
posted by Nomyte at 8:49 AM on April 2, 2011

I'm revising my status to maybe because of a hairtastrophe. We'll see if I've adjusted to the situation by tonight, or if I still feel like a total freak.

Those robot bartenders look pretty awesome. Maybe I'll see about buying a hat.
posted by grapesaresour at 1:27 PM on April 2, 2011

grapesaresour: wear a hat!
posted by aubilenon at 2:03 PM on April 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

I won't make it tonight, but I'm interested in a meetup on Monday.
posted by Pronoiac at 5:23 PM on April 2, 2011

I'm gonna be leaving from North Berkeley in a little bit, so I'm likely to be a little bit late.
posted by fake at 7:39 PM on April 2, 2011

Cripes, more like an hour late. See you around nine..
posted by fake at 8:06 PM on April 2, 2011

We made it here- realized we have no idea how to find anyone. We are identifiable as the black guy in the orange shirt and brown coat and the white girl with stripes.
posted by Zophi at 8:11 PM on April 2, 2011

We're at a table in the back,
posted by madcaptenor at 8:22 PM on April 2, 2011

we're towards the back!
posted by aubilenon at 8:22 PM on April 2, 2011

Made it.full table!
posted by fake at 8:37 PM on April 2, 2011

Hey FYI robot drinks is a bit mixed. $15 cover doesn't include drinks. A bit underwhelming; nerd quotient is high but drunkard quotient is low. Needs more sassy iZac
posted by danny the boy at 10:04 PM on April 2, 2011

On the other hand they have a vaporizer wafting Laphroig so that's a plus
posted by danny the boy at 10:11 PM on April 2, 2011

Fantastic time meeting everyone. Next time we have to mix the seating up midway through so we can talk with everyone as I feel like I missed some good conversation on the other end of the table. :) looking forward to the next meetup.
posted by ThomasBrobber at 11:08 PM on April 2, 2011

Anyone interested in going to the Seattle meetup / Cask Beer Fest? I am driving a van from San Francisco to Seattle for the meetup (among other things). Free ride if you're interested! Memail me.
posted by ryanrs at 7:34 PM on April 4, 2011

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