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Cool Bar in SF to host 10 year anniversary party

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Hello Chowhounds,

My husband and I were formally of the Bay Area, and now live out of state. We are coming to San Francisco in July to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We are planning on having 25-30 people on Friday night in July. We are looking to host a cocktail party for a couple of hours...we don't need to rent a room, we can be part of a larger lounge or bar. We have researched a few places that require a hefty deposit, 45 per person for food, and 2 drink minimums...we want everyone to have a good time, but don't want to break the bank in the process.

Does anyone have any fun ideas?

Thanks for your suggestions in advance.

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  1. I was at a small gathering for a couple visiting from out-of-town once at Rosewood. They gave us the back room, and it was really nice. I dobn't know what the fees were like, but it's a terrific little space.

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    Rosewood
    732 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

    1. For a more dressy event - Ana Mandara or Aziza might work.
      http://www.aziza-sf.com/group_dining....
      For something casual and inexpensive - Primo Patio can do an event for 25-30 that is a lot of fun and very inexpensive but it's beer and wine only.
      http://www.primopatiocafe.com/

      1. You could try Bourbon & Branch. Reserve the Library. It's certainly fun and different.

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        Bourbon & Branch
        501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA

        1. Schroeder's is cheap and fun. I've only had beer and wine there, can't speak to their mixological skills. On July 18 it'll be packed and have a cover charge (live polka band).

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          Schroeder's Cafe
          240 Front St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          1. Rosewood is great. Another option along those lines is Bliss in Noe Valley. They have a back room that I don't believe they charge for, or at least it is very nominal. Both Rosewood and Bliss allow you to bring in (or have someone else bring in) food - which makes it more economical as well as exactly what you want. A benefit at Rosewood is that they will allow you to pre-pay the bar, and there is a private bar for your event. At Bliss, while you have a private room and generally will have a waitress coming through, your guests can (and in my experience usually will) go to the bar and buy thier own drinks at times so it isn't nearly as 'hosted'. Phillipe at Bliss might be able to help you come up with a way around that.