Photographed by Maria del Rio
Your Very Own Private Party
It’s no secret we’re completely obsessed with 20th Street and at the epicenter is the Mission’s bar du jour, Trick Dog
. Not only is the scene spectacular, but the drinks, the food, the staff, everything is top notch. Want to hear a little-known fact? You can rent out the mezzanine for your own personal birthday bash. It comes at the high price of $1,000 to $2,000 food and bev minimum (hey, big spender!) for the whole space or you can go the other route and do a smaller dinner table for 10 to 12. Just get there early for dinner, it doesn’t do ressies!
, 3010 20th Street (between Alabama and Florida streets); 415-471-2999.
Many a birthday party has been spent inside the four walls of Dear Mom
. There's a nice big bar, booths, and communal tables galore, so it’s a great space for rounding up your road dogs. While the internet jukebox (‘sup, Beyoncé on demand) and photo booth could clench the deal, it’s really the private back room that is first come first serve that makes this the
spot to spend your DOB. It'll even provide small plates and full meals for the party. Call ahead and reserve it, ahem, for free.
, 2700 16th Street (between Folsom and Harrison streets); 415-625-3362.
Back Room at Homestead
In a quaint little wall-papered room in the back of Homestead
, fork over $50 and you and 20 of your closest comrades can take over and create a private party that mirrors your personality. Give a ring to reserve and then bring in cake, candles, balloons, and even feel free to decorate the table. The coolest part (besides everyone paying attention to you, of course) is that 50 bucks goes to charity!
, 2301 Folsom Street (between 19th and 20th streets); 415-282-4663,
The Office at Churchill
Interested in throwing your own 100-person private rager? Well, upstairs at Churchill there’s The Office, a private space perfect for just that. For between $500 to $1,600, plus a $20 per person beverage package, you can go big in style, including a doorman to greet your guests, your party’s own bartenders, a state-of-the-art sound system, three HD TVs, a large projector screen (baby picture montage, anyone?), shuffle board, and even Wi-Fi.
, 198 Church Street (between Reservoir and Market streets); No phone.
With delightful and delicious Mexican food, over 100 tequilas on the menu, and a light-filled private dining area that can accommodate parties up to 75, the back room at Tacolicious in the Mission is ready to host your bright day with a fabulous fiesta! If you’re trying to recreate that Mexican-themed menu at home, they even do a hosted taco bar or you can get tons of grub to go for $12 per person.
, 741 Valencia Street (between 19th and 18th streets); 415-626-1344.