A decent enough bar exactly halfway between you and your date
So your date is a Thrillist reader too… and she’s read this article… and she also wants convenience. Look at you two with things in common! In this instance, you can’t be completely selfish, so pick a bar that’s lively enough that it’s not awkward but quiet enough that you can hear each other, preferably with lots of seating and an extensive enough drink list. Here are a bunch of solid bars that fit the bill in almost every neighborhood: Two Sisters Bar and Books (Hayes Valley), Harper and Rye (Polk), Zeki’s Bar (Nob Hill), Tunnel Top (Union Square), Elixir (Mission), El Rio (Outer Mission), Columbus Cafe (North Beach), Third Rail (Dogpatch), Palmer’s Tavern (Lower Pacific Heights), Yancy’s Saloon (Inner Sunset), Aub Zam Zam (Haight), The Page (Western Addition), Natoma Cabana (FiDi).