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The Racket

A Neo-Noir Solution to the Classic Murder Mystery

Assume Your Identity

Step through the door and into the role of a mover and shaker in a city of upstanding citizens and underhanded crooks. Will you be a Doctor? A Detective? A Thief? Anything and anyone is possible in this city founded on intrigue, corruption, and murder.

Wheel & Deal

Join the rat race to be the Guest with the most money at the end of the evening, then lie, cheat and steal your way to the front of the pack.

Stay on Your Toes

Just make sure you're still standing at the end of the night. At a party like this, there are bound to be a few folks worth trusting and a few dozen others better left alone, and with this much money on the line, asking someone to watch your back might just give them time to stick a knife in it.

The Gory Details

The Racket is a Murder-sans-Mystery party for groups of 20 to 150 people in the San Francisco Bay Area. We got rid of the Mystery to make more room for the Murder, and ended up with an evening that feels a lot more like Grand Theft Auto than Clue.

We specialize in parties for private individuals and corporate team-building activities, and we'd be delighted to come to your home, office, or a private venue of your choice. In the last year we've played in an antique dealership / meat kitchen, jam-packed apartments, a Historical Society mansion and a retired icebreaking ship, not to mention some local bars and a century-old convent-turned-art-collective.

Our team includes a dedicated staff of charming Hosts, who will keep the evening running smoothly, as well as a professional photographer and blackjack dealer.

If you'd like to know more, you can request a quote below or email us directly at

Word on the Street

"The Racket infused the party with an electric energy and excitement. I met and schemed with friends and strangers alike. Remember, trust no one!"- Amy, Thief

"As the evening progressed I could feel the psychological genius simmering, then boiling. What an amazing experience! Best game I've ever played ... and one of the most conscious and well-crafted events I've attended recently!"- Ryan, Bond Agent

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the party last?

The Racket is 2.5 hours long and includes an introduction, 2 hours of gameplay, and an announcement of The Winners.

Do you have any suggestions on a venue for the party?

The ideal venue is somewhere with a working sound system for music, low and pleasant lighting, and enough space for guests to move around and have private conversations. Single-room bars and offices work just as well as ornate apartments, and we're happy to accommodate whatever location you choose, but think cocktail party instead of sit-down dinner. Our favorites places to play in San Francisco are listed below.

Noir Lounge, Bourbon and Branch, Novela, Devil's Acre, Marianne's at The Cavalier, Comstock Saloon, HogsHead Reserve at The Barrel Room, The Office at Churchill, Hardwater, 46 Minna, The Eden Lounge at Park Tavern, House of Shields, Local Edition

Can you play in my office or come to my home?

Of course! We can play in any location that could comfortably host a party of your guest list's size.

What sort of information will players receive?

Guests attending The Racket will receive an Identity along with basic game instructions. We also encourage Guests to visit our Screening Room and our Dressing Room for some of our favorite flicks and a style guide to help them dress their best.

Do you have any photos from past events?

You can see photos from all of our past events by visiting us on Facebook.

What do I wear?

Dress for The Racket is black and to kill. If you're looking for ideas, you can visit our Dressing Room and take a look at some of our favorite fashions.