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Intimate 30th Birthday Party in SF. Looking for a good venue. Any help much appreciated :)

Ashley12 Oct 17, 2013 02:18 PM

It's one of my friend's 30th birthday's in early January. Looking for a place that could be somewhat private for 15-20 people. Preferably: nice view, good food and cocktails, somewhat dressy attire. Any neighborhood can work and budget is not an issue. Thank you in advance for your help!!

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    Dustin_E Oct 17, 2013 02:27 PM

    Jai Yun! (just kidding)

    Actual Suggestions:

    Farina has an upstairs patio area that is pretty private. It is easy / casual, but sometimes people have dressy / special occasion events there, and it doesn't seem at all out of place.

    Boulette's Larder does (expensive) private dinners. I've never done one, but they look nice.

    I don't know the banquet situation with Epic Roadhouse or Waterbar, but i'm sure those are worth looking into.

    private + good view -- i'm eager to hear some good responses as well.

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      bobabear Oct 17, 2013 02:28 PM

      @Dustin haha :)

      1. re: Dustin_E
        Robert Lauriston Oct 17, 2013 03:09 PM

        No cocktails at Boulette's or Farina.

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          Dustin_E Oct 17, 2013 03:25 PM

          oops, i think you're right about boulettes. they might be able to accommodate with their new space -- might be worth asking. somehow i vaguely remember seeing a small cocktail cart in there. but i might be mistaken.

          doesn't farina have a full bar? are you sure they don't do cocktails?

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            nocharge Oct 17, 2013 03:29 PM

            Farina has a full bar according to OpenTable.

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              Robert Lauriston Oct 17, 2013 03:34 PM

              Oh, right. Bouli Bar. They got a full liquor license in July. So that's a good fit.

              Farina did too, several years ago (they bought Harbor Village's). I was looking at an outdated page.

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                nocharge Oct 17, 2013 04:14 PM

                Don't know what kind of liquor license Bouli Bar has (Yelp says beer & wine only), but I wouldn't expect a place that's open Tue-Sat 11am-3pm to have a great cocktail program.

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                  Robert Lauriston Oct 17, 2013 04:23 PM

                  They started dinner hours 5-9 yesterday.

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                    nocharge Oct 17, 2013 04:36 PM

                    Other than the Slanted Door, the Ferry Building is pretty dead in the evening. Even MarketBar closes at 9 (8 on weekends) even though it's in a much more accessible location than Bouli. I highly doubt that Bouli will ever have a successful cocktail bar.

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