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BF moving to SF! Need ideas for welcome party--help!

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Hi CH friends,

My boyfriend is making the big move from SD to SF in a couple weeks. I want to welcome him with a fabulous and fun night out in SF! BUT I'm torn between doing something classy and traditional (like drinks at the Top of the Mark, then a nice dinner at HOPR) or going modern, trendy and a bit more casual. We're in our early 30s and will be about 6 people or so. I'm looking for drinks, then dinner combos that evoke a real SF feel. I'd love a little inspiration so if you have any ideas, I'd really appreciate it! TIA!

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Top of the Mark
Number One Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108

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  1. i would say Foreign Cinema might fit your bill - not a classic but not uber-trendy - somewhere in the middle, with a definite SF vibe, nice but casual. make sure you sit outside - great, festive atmosphere if the weather holds.

    sorry, but what is HOPR?

    also, tho i am apparently the ONLY person in SF who did not love their food, Commonwealth - it sounds like the right vibe for you and your friends - modern, trendy, but not obnoxiously so - just hugely popular and brought to you by the guys who did the hugely popular, hip, pop-up Mission Street Food.

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    Foreign Cinema
    2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: mariacarmen

      House of prime rib hopr
      How about drinks at beretta
      Dinner at 25 lusk and more hanging out there
      Sf vibe is quite variable -- which neighborhood are you going for?

    2. Nihon Whiskey Lounge has a modern loungy feel, sakes and a good bar and small plate japanese. I've had a brithday party and spent two New Years Eve's there.

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        1. Have you been to the Top of the Mark? If it has some sentimental value, that's one thing. And the view can't be beat. But my experience is that the drinks are overpriced and not very good.

          Roll down the hill to Bourbon and Branch (reservation required), or head out to Alembic in the Haight for cocktails that are absolutely outstanding. Beretta's another good choice. If you want something more upscale, there's always The Clock Bar in the St. Francis.

          As far as dinner goes, the options are nearly limitless. HOPR has its proponents, and it is truly old-school SF, but there are plenty of other choices. I'd narrow it down by selecting the neighborhood for cocktails and go from there (or come back here).

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          House of Prime Rib
          1906 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94109

          Alembic
          1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

          Bourbon & Branch
          501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA

          Top of the Mark
          Number One Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA 94108

          Beretta
          1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Clock Bar
          335 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA

          1. Do modern and trendy 100%. Unless you're both in your 60's or something.
            Have drinks somewhere in the mission, like Cassanova or Doc's Clock or if they like beer Pi Bar or
            Then a great dinner, like La Ciccia, or Frances, or Maverick, or Commonwealth, or canteen, there's a million great choices
            Shift to somewhere for desert and closing drinks. Just about all those places have good deserts. Foreign cinema would be on that list too. I'd even consider Luna Park, they have chocolate martinis and tabletop s'mores
            Modify list based on price - but you should hit three places and really make a night of it.
            I would save bourbon and branch for another night, since you have to make reservations, unless that's the certain way to get them out of the house

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            La Ciccia
            291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

            Luna Park
            694 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110

            Doc's Clock
            2575 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110