With black-and-white French films projecting on the back wall and skilled bartenders shaking up your next drink, the Orbit Room is always a solid meet-up spot before a night out. The Upper Market favorite has recently made some stellar changes to its funky, old-world feel, adding a pizza oven and a large communal table and updating their cocktail menu with an arsenal of new, tasty concoctions.
If you head there Thursday through Saturday nights, you'll catch a jazz band that plays amid candle-lit tables. Get the (strong) Mint Hill Punch, which is infused with a pomegranate ice cube, and an Orbit Pie, topped with delicata squash, prosciutto and Tuscan kale, and you'll definitely be feeling the love. The flattering lighting helps.
Orbit Room Café, 1900 Market Street, 415-252-9525