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2. Chezchez
The Mission
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Chezchez and Trick Dog are two of the best bars in the city and also happen to be fine places for a party, if you like your parties with stellar cocktails. Trick Dog has spaces for parties as intimate as 11 and as large as 45 (or 75 with a full bar buyout); the smaller spaces offer a boozy punch service, which instantly makes a party better, we think. Should your tastes lean towards spritzes and conservas, consider reserving Chezchez’s second floor mezzanine for up to 50 guests, or get a group of 15 together to reserve the bar table in the window, arguably the best seat in the house.
How to book: Email events@trickdogbar.com and events@bonvivants.com.

3. Flour + Water
The Mission
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Flour + Water and Penny Roma are not only two of our favorite spots for Cal-Italian fare in San Francisco, their spaces are some of the loveliest in the Mission. They’re also well set up for events of all shapes and sizes—the upstairs space at Penny Roma can host 32 seated and 45 standing, and a full restaurant buy-out gets you up to 80 seats. Flour + Water’s offerings are more intimate (save a 50- to 70-person buyout); the Dough Room has room for 16 seated, and the Test Kitchen has space for 10 (surrounded by chefs Thomas McNaughton and Ryan Pollnow’s favorite cookbooks). All of these totally private options include a family-style chef’s choice tasting menu.
How to book: Inquiries can be made online for Flour + Water and Penny Roma.

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