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Casual group / open house type meeting spot

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My BF and I are coming to San Fran for the long weekend and are looking for suggestions for a place to meet up with local friends on Saturday night. We both have a lot of friends in the area that have different schedules and obligations for the weekend. So, what we're looking for is a place where we can just tell people we'll be and our friends can come and get food and/or drink whenever convenient for them, but not feel required to order a full meal. Also, a place where we can show up at 6pm and hang out until 10 or later and not feel like we've taken over a place. Essentially, we're looking for somewhere we can have an open house type of deal. Neighborhood-wise, the Castro, Mission, or Downtown would be ideal.

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  1. Your request is like the holy grail - this post asked a similar question and got some good suggestions: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/851682

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    1. re: goldangl95

      the Beer Garden in hayes valley would be good for that - its can be a bit on the expensive side.. but it's a nice place

      http://www.yelp.com/biz/biergarten-sa...

      Also zeitgeist if you're feeling a bit more bohemeian.

      www.yelp.com/biz/zeitgeist-san-francisco

      1. re: sparky403

        especially if there's sun it's nice to sit in the patio at Zeitgeist.

        1. re: sparky403

          SF weather forecast is low 60s, cloudy, and breezy tomorrow evening, so outdoors might not be too nice unless you were under a heater.