Pier 3, Hornblower Landing
San Francisco, CA 94111
This long-standing San Francisco cruise company offers a number of party options for graduations. For those looking to host a party for high school grads, check out Hornblower’s City Beat Cruises, which feature festive dry parties for young adults, starting at $55/person, and include one complementary chaperone pass per 30 students. Alternatively, there are brunch or dinner cruises that can include a generous buffet, live music and celebratory champagne and a full bar for the adults. Make sure to dress warmly for time spent on the Bay, as it can get very cold and windy. To take advantage of free nearby parking during the cruise, book your grad’s party on a Sunday.
The Winery SF
200 California Ave., Building 180 N.
San Francisco, CA 94130
This Treasure Island gem offers a number of options for those looking to celebrate a college graduation for the 21-and-over set. The Winery SF holds tours of its 20,000-square-foot wine-making facility, has a tasting room, hosts daytime events and rents out the facility for those looking to host a larger graduation party. For parties looking for a more informal celebration, bring the family and friends to the winery for a tasting. Tasting flights run for $10 for four wines and $15 for eight wines. The Winery SF is located immediately adjacent to the waterfront and has some fantastic views for memorable graduation photo opportunities.
Old Skool Cafe
1429 Mendell St.
San Francisco, CA 94124
The Old Skool Cafe is a faith-based, 1940s-themed youth-run supper club. The Cafe’s founders are dedicated to violence prevention for at-risk urban youth and provide youth with jobs and apprenticeships to empower them and help them learn job skills in all aspects of running the business. The Cafe cooks up delicious soul food, has a bar for the adults, provides great ambiance and has live music most Wednesday through Saturday nights. It is the perfect graduation party venue for both high school and college graduates.
Mission Bowling Club and Dining Room
3176 17th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
This popular hipster hangout is a great spot for graduation parties. The Mission Bowling Club has a restaurant serving brunch and dinner, a full bar and six bowling lanes open to the public. Most hours are open only to patrons 21 and over, but for those looking to celebrate with a high school graduate, check out the Club’s 12-and-over family bowl hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lanes fill up quickly, so make sure to reserve one or two for smaller parties, or for larger festivities, rent out the entire facility.
3385 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Located in the Mission District, Oye Managua serves up generous portions of authentic Nicaraguan cuisine. Open seven days a week, the small restaurant has a homey vibe for a more relaxed, informal party atmosphere. Oye Managua is a good option for smaller high school or college graduation parties, is kid-friendly and serves beer and wine. Schedule your graduation party for a weekend to take advantage of the restaurant’s live music.
Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.