Orbit Room Cafe

Bar / Café / Lounge
Orbit Room Cafe 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. San Francisco United States 37.7707346 -122.4249814
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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

  • Metro:

    MUNI F Line: Market Street & Guerrero Street

  • Phone:

    415-252-9525

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Bar M–W 5pm–2am, Th–F 4pm–2am, Sa–Su 2pm–2am
    Pizza Tu–Su 6pm–“dough runs out”

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Orbit Room Cafe Review

The Scene

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.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you’re a fan of gin, try the Moscow Mule – they caramelize natural sugar on a slice of ginger as your garnish .

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Pizza $13–$16. Beer $5–$8, wine $7–$10, cocktails $10–$16/glass or $50+/pitcher.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual to trendy: fitted jeans, graphic t-shirts, leather jackets, business attire, trendy dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    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.

Orbit Room Cafe User Reviews

Average rating:
Romance and Bar Hopping
Loren S. Mar 29, 2013
It's easy to miss the Orbit Room, being located next to a laundry mat on a quiet block of Market. But keep your eyes out for it, it's definitely worth a stop. The place has all the elements of the perfect date spot - low lighting, chandeliers, and a Criterion Collection film playing on a screen behind the bar. There are lots of table here, so its relatively easy to find a spot with some privacy. The Orbit Room is a perfect place to start a date with an artisan cocktail, or just stay here and get a California style pizza. If you're with a group of friends, this is a great place to start off a night (order a *pitcher* of your favorite cocktail, hello!?). After you're warmed up, there are so many places to head from here. You can continue up Market and keep it classy with a trip to Blackbird, or if you want to get a little crusty, Lucky 13. The Castro is also just up the street if you feel like dancing, or you can head to the Mission and play 'hipster or homeless' while you walk. Designated drivers and teetotalers: order yourself a ginger ale from the bartender. They make it right there in front of you and it looks and tastes as good as anything on the cocktail list.
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