Party Earth Review The Orbit Room Cafe combines the ambiance of a swanky cocktail lounge with the friendly familiarity of a pizza joint, which makes it an ideal place to sip a Sazerac or just nosh on a slice. Metallic gold patterns on the... ... read full review
1900 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
MUNI F Line: Market Street & Guerrero Street
Bar M–W 5pm–2am, Th–F 4pm–2am, Sa–Su 2pm–2am
Pizza Tu–Su 6pm–“dough runs out”
Hayes Valley, San Francisco –
The Orbit Room Cafe combines the ambiance of a swanky cocktail lounge with the friendly familiarity of a pizza joint, which makes it an ideal place to sip a Sazerac or just nosh on a slice.
Metallic gold patterns on the walls, space-age chandeliers, and faded maps and globes make the high-ceilinged room look like a steampunk interpretation of Jules Verne’s high school geography class.
The early-evening crowd trends casual, with a mix of young professionals peeling off the accoutrements of their business attire and college kids donning whatever’s not tumbling in the adjoining Laundromat, though the relaxed nature of the clientele belies the intricacy of the drinks menu.
Service isn’t quick, but calculated touches – like strawberry ice in the Mint Hill Punch – draw in the classic connoisseurs, while artisan pizzas quell the munchies that inevitably follow. Crafted libations are certainly the biggest draw, both for the older neighborhood residents and the younger weekend gang of budding cocktail enthusiasts who’ve just discovered the joys of handmade elixirs.
Floor-to-ceiling windows provide for great people-watching, while a sidewalk patio waylays the crush of trendier groups that spill in on their way to rowdier hubs in the neighboring Castro and Mission.
No matter what the time, though, the Orbit Room Cafe tends to be a down-tempo place where visitors spend hours in relaxed conversation or grab a “quick” quality beverage before starting the night.
Mixed bag of casual college kids, cocktail enthusiasts, artsy types, young professionals, and trendier groups popping in for a pre-dinner or pre-game drink, early 20s to late 40s.
Bartenders provide playlist of mostly modern indie rock, reggae, jazz, and electronica. Occasional live jazz. Classic foreign films often projected on the wall. Happy Hour M–W 5–7pm.
Constantly rotating selection of personal pizzas. Cash only at bar, but patrons can use a credit card to order pizza. ATM in the Laundromat next door.
Pizza $13–$16. Beer $5–$8, wine $7–$10, cocktails $10–$16/glass or $50+/pitcher.
Hipster casual to trendy: fitted jeans, graphic t-shirts, leather jackets, business attire, trendy dresses.
Any early evening to chill with a book and a unique beverage, or Friday and Saturday nights for a diverse collection of chilled-out chatterers and trendier party types.
If a slice of pizza isn’t cutting it, Pisco Latin Lounge (1817 Market Street) serves up Peruvian cocktails and tapas to a creative crowd of regulars.