September is the time to lock down private rooms for holiday parties, and Chowhounds are chatting about the possibilities. Southern Pacific might be viable for a casual burgers-and-beers gathering; newcomer Muka in Hayes Valley seems like a good choice for wine, cocktails, and nibbles; and stalwarts in Embarcadero Center, like Osha Thai, offer the convenience of validated parking and easy BART access.

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