My 25th Birthday Party: Renting Out an SF Cable Car!

This past weekend, I rang in my 25th birthday in true SF style – on a traditional cable car!! And, in case you missed all the Instagram story coverage, it was a BLAST! I’m convinced that this is THE way to celebrate any special occasion if you’re visiting, or live in, the beautiful city of San Francisco.



For my party, we rented a cable car with a company called Events West for the night and decided on 3 stops to go to. We we wanted ample driving around time (to take advantage of the open bar on the cable car) but also to go to some bars that we normally don’t get the chance to go to – so we chose the Starlight Room (a swanky bar at the top of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, famous for it’s sweeping views of the city and it’s classy cocktails), and Bruno’s in the Mission (famous for it’s great dance floor & DJ).

The Starlight Room at the Sir Francis Drake

After exploring the city via our cable car (read: riding throughout the city waving to onlookers and blasting our pop playlist over the trolley’s loudspeakers), we made our way to the Starlight Room at the Sir Francis Drake. Having been here before, I knew it would be the perfect place for my birthday night.

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The nighttime views of SF are nothing short of magical, and the swanky lounge mixed with a classy dance floor overlooking the lights of the city was just perfect for our group. The service was also impeccable, the drinks were delicious, and the DJ was a highlight of everyone’s night, playing all of our requests and getting everyone dancing.


Almost no one on the trolley, despite being from San Francisco, had been to this bar (since it’s an uber away, in the more touristy part of the city), making it really special and causing us all to say “How do we not come here all the time! We’re coming back next weekend!”


Gotta love the Starlight Room dance floor with these views


From the Starlight Room, we made our way to Bruno’s in the Mission, which was also such a blast. You can rent out an upstairs area of Bruno’s if you want a private party, or just dance with the masses in the downstairs bar, which was really really fun. Shoutout to our trolley driver, Ed, and our amazing host, Constance, who made sure that we got to Bruno’s in good time but also had just enough time driving around SF (because, after all, that is the most fun part of the night!!)

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The Dorian

After both those stops, our four hour party on the festive cable car was coming to a close, so we had the driver Ed drop us off at The Dorian, one of our go-to spots in the Marina… where of course we hit up the photo booth.

If you’re planning a celebration in San Francisco soon, rent a cable car/bar!  There’s really no better SF experience.


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