Who doesn't like trains? Everybody likes trains, right? Railroads, in general, when you get right down to it.  How about a railroad-themed private event? San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing owes its name to the Southern Pacific railroad line that ran down Harrison Street in the early 1900s, transporting the products of San Francisco factories and craftspeople to points throughout the West. A ten thousand square foot warehouse located in what was once the Mission’s industrial heart, the building itself is a testament to the area’s history. 

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Proprietor and San Francisco native Chris Lawrence has lovingly renovated this one-time machine shop into a bright, expansive bar, restaurant and brewery, complete with an upper mezzanine and outdoor patio.

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Southern Pacific’s 15-barrel specific mechanical system, producing clean, dry, true-to-style beers, is the main feature of a drinks lineup that boasts many attractions, including unique guest brews and high-caliber specialty cocktails. Consider “the Rambler,” “Paper Train,” or the “Iron Mule” when you belly up to the bar. 

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How about a private boxcar, er, event?  First, there’s the semi-private Ally. The left side of the main dining area can be easily sectioned off to create a semi-private area. The space features large communal tables. It’s a refreshingly bright, industrial space featuring concrete floors and a chic design. This area can accommodate 48 people seated and 150 people for reception style gatherings, including a private bathroom for you and your guests.

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Then there’s The Mezzanine. Located upstairs from the main bar and dining area, this lofted and airy atmosphere offers exclusive private dining with its own designated bar and staff. This area can accommodate 48 people seated at low tables or 70 people maximum for reception style gatherings. They also have a 60-inch TV for any style slideshow, as well as a private bathroom for you and your guests.

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So if you’re into railroad-themed private events--and who isn't?--make your next stop Southern Pacific Brewing. 

Topics: san francisco, private events, breweries

Written by Keir Beadling

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