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Orbit Room Launches ‘Lunar Lot’ for Cocktails and Pizza

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This year alone, we’ve learned that the moon has water, the atmosphere of Venus contains a chemical so difficult to synthesize that it almost certainly comes from organic life, and the U.S. Navy believes in UFOs now.

Only in 2020 would these things barely make a blip, but maybe Mercury and Mars were conspiring while they were both in retrograde.

Now here’s some even better news: Orbit Room, a truly O.G. cocktail bar and one of San Francisco’s greatest Deco interiors, has launched an outdoor space to fill the cold void of the universe with cocktails and house-made pizzas. But unlike most pop-ups and outdoor seating areas, Lunar Lot is not immediately out front of its home base. It’s half a block down Market Street, where 12 um, spaced out picnic tables are tucked under a canopy between two buildings — meaning it’s sheltered from any hullabaloo outside, and therefore able to host comedy, trivia, and other events.

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Even the Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino only had a taqueria.

Secluded and toasty, Lunar Lot is where you can get single or double Space Age cocktails, like a Moli Moli (a spicy, smoky margarita) or a Whiskey Tango (bourbon, tangerine, lemon, ginger, mint) plus $15-and-under half-bottles of wine. If fall is hitting you, there’s a Hot Toddy, too.

Classic eight or 14-inch pizzas — mushroom, sausage, Margherita, and the like, all heavy with San Marzano tomatoes — get hustled to your table from the oven the Orbit Room installed almost a decade ago in what was clearly an act of genuine foresight. If you’re feeling salad-y, there’s a chicken caesar for you. But if all you want is to feel like you’re at a cooler-than-average Papa John’s, cheesy bread with ranch or marinara has you covered, and don’t you know it pairs real well with a can of Space Dust IPA.

Reimagined earlier this year by the team of Courtney Ross (Bloodhound) and Nic DeLillo (Tempest), the 25-year-old Orbit Room effortlessly combines the style of a craft-cocktail den with the easygoing vibe of a contemporary dive. As it approaches its Saturn return, it’s readier than ever for astronauts and gastronauts. Now is a great time to fall out of Orbit and land safely nearby.

Orbit Room’s Lunar Lot
1870 Market St. (down the block from Orbit Room)
Tuesday-Friday 4-9 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays noon-9 p.m.

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Peter-Astrid Kane

Peter-Astrid Kane

Peter-Astrid Kane (they/them) is the Communications Manager for San Francisco Pride and a former editor of SF Weekly.