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My favorite SF Bars (for folks attending the VMware Technology Exchange – Developer Day)



I have lived in SF since I was 7 years old (20+ years ago:) and thought it would be good to put together a list of some of my near all time favorite drinking establishments,,, just in case folks attending the VMware Technology Exchange Developer Day Monday August 31st, 2009 might get thirsty.


Please note this is not an endorsement from VMware Inc. This is simply a note about some of my favorite meeting places where they happen to server worthwhile drinks and have an interesting atmosphere.



Address: 83 First St. SF CA

Distance from Moscone: 3.5 blocks

Why: This establishment prides itself in quality of well drinks offered. They have a wide variety of top line, old school spirits. They also know how to mix the drinks pretty well. No fuzz, no mess, just good quality cocktails. My favorite drink here is always Patron Silver, straight.




#2 Reds Java House

Adress: Pier 30
Bryant & Embarcadero

San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 777-5626

Distance from Moscone: A lot more than 3 blocks, but walking is good exercise

Why: I like this place because they server old school burgers, sandwiches and they have Sierra Nevada in pitcher size. The place is also far enough away from the convention where you can get some quiet, and have better chances of having a beer + sandwich on the patio. You can sit just feet from the SF Bay, dont fall in. This place might be better suited to meet with old friends that you do not have to impress, but just want to share an inexpensive sandwich and a pitcher of beer.




#3 Irish Bank

10 Mark Lane, San Francisco, CA‎ – (415) 788-7152

Distance from Moscone: More than 3 blocks but not that far after a few cocktails

Why: This bar is pretty much original as in OG can get in my book. I like it because this is the first place I was introduced to single malt pleasures, and will always bring back fond memories. The name pretty much says it all, you get real beers, real whiskey (with a ey) Im not claiming to know my whiskeys but I know what I like when it comes to these spirits.


Well that is all for now, hope to see you at VMware Technology Exchange – Developer Day,,Would like to hear about your favorite places for a cocktail near Moscone.