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Guidebook for San Francisco

Jayme

Guidebook for San Francisco

Food Scene
If you want Tapas nearby, this is the place to go. It's on the pricey side of things in Noe, but they do it well.
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Contigo
1320 Castro Street
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If you want Tapas nearby, this is the place to go. It's on the pricey side of things in Noe, but they do it well.
I usually get the Fried Chicken and one of their local beers. Jayme really likes their vegetarian dish and a glass of their nice wine selection. This is a very warm/friendly place, reasonably priced, and they do a good job with the food. Mmmm.
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Firefly Restaurant
4288 24th Street
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I usually get the Fried Chicken and one of their local beers. Jayme really likes their vegetarian dish and a glass of their nice wine selection. This is a very warm/friendly place, reasonably priced, and they do a good job with the food. Mmmm.
Wow, this place is good...especially if you like oysters. It's the kinda place where you can tell them you like briny ones, and they'll bring your a selection of six different varieties of briny oysters. It's expensive, and it's about as far as we walk for food, but it's worth every bit of the effort. It's a fun walk if you go via Grandview, to Stanton, through Kite Hill Park and onto 19th St.
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Zuni Café
1658 Market St
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Wow, this place is good...especially if you like oysters. It's the kinda place where you can tell them you like briny ones, and they'll bring your a selection of six different varieties of briny oysters. It's expensive, and it's about as far as we walk for food, but it's worth every bit of the effort. It's a fun walk if you go via Grandview, to Stanton, through Kite Hill Park and onto 19th St.
A lot of people think this is the best brunch in the city (I like Universal Cafe more). Zazie is packed for brunch, so go before they open or be prepared to wait (no reservations). I like it for dinner, but Jayme thinks I'm crazy. It's a really nice nature walk to get there with some stunning panorama views of the city (a couple kinda strenuous miles) if you walk up to twin peaks, then onto the trail past the reservoir and around Sutro Tower, onto Nike Trail --> West Ridge Trail --> Historic Trail, to Stanyan Street.
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Zazie
941 Cole Street
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A lot of people think this is the best brunch in the city (I like Universal Cafe more). Zazie is packed for brunch, so go before they open or be prepared to wait (no reservations). I like it for dinner, but Jayme thinks I'm crazy. It's a really nice nature walk to get there with some stunning panorama views of the city (a couple kinda strenuous miles) if you walk up to twin peaks, then onto the trail past the reservoir and around Sutro Tower, onto Nike Trail --> West Ridge Trail --> Historic Trail, to Stanyan Street.
This is a chain...but it's a LOT better than any La Boulangerie outside of the city. If you are into soy milk lattes, then get a large latte bowl here. It isn't going to blow you away, but it's a nice, low key, $14 lunch plate. I like their open face tuna tartar. They do it simple, and reasonably priced. Order at the counter, and work on your laptop while you wait.
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La Boulangerie de San Francisco, Noe
3898 24th Street
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This is a chain...but it's a LOT better than any La Boulangerie outside of the city. If you are into soy milk lattes, then get a large latte bowl here. It isn't going to blow you away, but it's a nice, low key, $14 lunch plate. I like their open face tuna tartar. They do it simple, and reasonably priced. Order at the counter, and work on your laptop while you wait.
If you want to check out the Castro, and you like sea food...this is the place for you (but also consider Zuni Cafe). Anchor doesn't take reservations.... be prepared to wait. Go to the wine bar across the street while you wait.
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Anchor Oyster Bar
579 Castro Street
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If you want to check out the Castro, and you like sea food...this is the place for you (but also consider Zuni Cafe). Anchor doesn't take reservations.... be prepared to wait. Go to the wine bar across the street while you wait.
A nice little French place. Reasonably priced, very friendly staff, and has a cute little outdoor seating spot in the back.
Chez Marius
4063 24th St
A nice little French place. Reasonably priced, very friendly staff, and has a cute little outdoor seating spot in the back.
My favorite brunch in the city, and it doesn't seem to be that widely known. They make it so simple, with fantastic ingredients. Everything is really good....even just the scrambled eggs. I didn't know scrambled eggs could be that good. The lattes aren't that good...but I forgive them. No reservations. Outdoor seating. The wait usually isn't too bad, and the parking usually isn't too bad. It tends to be really loud inside...we always eat outside. Pick a sunny morning. It's usually sunnier, and warmer in that part of town.
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Universal Cafe
2814 19th Street
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My favorite brunch in the city, and it doesn't seem to be that widely known. They make it so simple, with fantastic ingredients. Everything is really good....even just the scrambled eggs. I didn't know scrambled eggs could be that good. The lattes aren't that good...but I forgive them. No reservations. Outdoor seating. The wait usually isn't too bad, and the parking usually isn't too bad. It tends to be really loud inside...we always eat outside. Pick a sunny morning. It's usually sunnier, and warmer in that part of town.
If you like homemade pasta, and Italian wines then this is your spot. ...and it's really close! No reservations needed. If you want the Sardinian side of Italy, then make the trek to La Ciccia instead, but don't show up without reservations. ...back to Bocco... The waitress at Bacco really knows what she's talking about; trust her.
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Bacco
737 Diamond Street
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If you like homemade pasta, and Italian wines then this is your spot. ...and it's really close! No reservations needed. If you want the Sardinian side of Italy, then make the trek to La Ciccia instead, but don't show up without reservations. ...back to Bocco... The waitress at Bacco really knows what she's talking about; trust her.
This family owned authentic Sardinian restaurant does everything with so much care. The consistency of the pasta is unlike anywhere I've been in the city (in a good way). You won't forget the Squid Ink Pasta, the Sardine appetizer, or the custom Gelato flavors. You need reservations well in advance. It's kinda formal, but formal in SF is casual in New York.
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La Ciccia
291 30th Street
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This family owned authentic Sardinian restaurant does everything with so much care. The consistency of the pasta is unlike anywhere I've been in the city (in a good way). You won't forget the Squid Ink Pasta, the Sardine appetizer, or the custom Gelato flavors. You need reservations well in advance. It's kinda formal, but formal in SF is casual in New York.
If you want to check it out downtown, and you want the more formal side of fried chicken, collard greens, and a whiskey based cocktail...This is it!
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farmerbrown
25 Mason Street
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If you want to check it out downtown, and you want the more formal side of fried chicken, collard greens, and a whiskey based cocktail...This is it!
If you want fried chicken, with bacon mac and cheese, collard greens and a cask brew. ...and you like punk music...this is your place. Brunch is really good here too. They make their own hot sauces. If you go late, then afterwards check out some acoustic music at the Rock Bar across the street. It's like a hip miner's bar (but clean). It's owned/managed by the same guy as the Front Porch.
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The Front Porch
65 29th St
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If you want fried chicken, with bacon mac and cheese, collard greens and a cask brew. ...and you like punk music...this is your place. Brunch is really good here too. They make their own hot sauces. If you go late, then afterwards check out some acoustic music at the Rock Bar across the street. It's like a hip miner's bar (but clean). It's owned/managed by the same guy as the Front Porch.
Spaghetti. Yup, they have it with a couple giant meatballs. It may not sound good, but it is. ...and it's reasonably priced. It's the kind of place that decorates with laundry hanging from clothespins....and I think they require their staff to have at least half of their body covered in tattoos. They also might hire a DJ for the dinner hour; two turn tables and a microphone.
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Emmy's Spaghetti Shack
3230 Mission Street
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Spaghetti. Yup, they have it with a couple giant meatballs. It may not sound good, but it is. ...and it's reasonably priced. It's the kind of place that decorates with laundry hanging from clothespins....and I think they require their staff to have at least half of their body covered in tattoos. They also might hire a DJ for the dinner hour; two turn tables and a microphone.
Every time I go here I leave thinking everything there is done well. The street is a bit rough and tumble outside, but inside it's a different world. Fairly typical American/new kinda food. It's expensive, but the cocktails and food are great.
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Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St
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Every time I go here I leave thinking everything there is done well. The street is a bit rough and tumble outside, but inside it's a different world. Fairly typical American/new kinda food. It's expensive, but the cocktails and food are great.
Some of the best Tapas around. It's hard to get into to this one.
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Loló
974 Valencia St
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Some of the best Tapas around. It's hard to get into to this one.
Really interesting, really expensive....very small plates. They are very into the process side of making food, and they manage to get some really nice textures. It's VERY good...a memorable experience. It's never been hard from me to get in...maybe because it's expensive. Did I mention, it's expensive?
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Commonwealth
2224 Mission Street
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Really interesting, really expensive....very small plates. They are very into the process side of making food, and they manage to get some really nice textures. It's VERY good...a memorable experience. It's never been hard from me to get in...maybe because it's expensive. Did I mention, it's expensive?
Dollar Oyster Happy Hour, right on the bay!
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Kelly's Mission Rock
817 Terry A Francois Boulevard
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Dollar Oyster Happy Hour, right on the bay!
If you want a super burrito with carne asada....this is the best one. Don't get the tacos.
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La Taqueria
2889 Mission St
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If you want a super burrito with carne asada....this is the best one. Don't get the tacos.
I like the lattes here. It's a good stop if you are on a walk to to Castro.
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Neighbor's Corner
499 Douglass Street
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I like the lattes here. It's a good stop if you are on a walk to to Castro.
This might be the best coffee in the city. There's no inside space to hang out; it's just a place to get coffee...but you can stroll down to the park at the end of the alley way.
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Blue Bottle Coffee
315 Linden Street
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This might be the best coffee in the city. There's no inside space to hang out; it's just a place to get coffee...but you can stroll down to the park at the end of the alley way.
They have a good "super burrito." Get it with prawns. Not the best in the city, but it's good....it's close.
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The Little Chihuahua
4123 24th Street
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They have a good "super burrito." Get it with prawns. Not the best in the city, but it's good....it's close.
Parks & Nature
Short, but strenuous walk from our doorstep. ...and by strenuous I mean it's a half mile of nearly nonstop stairs...but oh the views. Everywhere. If you want to see the city, you see all of it from the top of Twin Peaks.
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Twin Peaks
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Short, but strenuous walk from our doorstep. ...and by strenuous I mean it's a half mile of nearly nonstop stairs...but oh the views. Everywhere. If you want to see the city, you see all of it from the top of Twin Peaks.
This is a surprisingly cool trail tucked away in the city. I'm pretty sure most San Francisians have no idea it exists. It's short, but sweet. Combine it with Twin Peaks on a walk from our doorstep to Sunday brunch at Zazie's.
Historic Trail
This is a surprisingly cool trail tucked away in the city. I'm pretty sure most San Francisians have no idea it exists. It's short, but sweet. Combine it with Twin Peaks on a walk from our doorstep to Sunday brunch at Zazie's.
Hiking here makes you feel like you're not in the city anymore. You have a decent chance of seeing a coyote, or an owl...and if you're really lucky (or unlucky depending on things) you might even see a mountain lion. This hike is not spectacular, but it does have pretty rock outcroppings, nice big trees, a stream in a canyon, and you can walk there pretty easily from our place...though the walk to get there is not so great. The entrance at the end of Amethyst Way is quite a bit closer than where the icon appears on the map. If you go at the right time, and want a longer walk, you can even swing by the Bird and Becket Book Store for a really great free (donation) jazz show.
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格兰峡谷公园
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Hiking here makes you feel like you're not in the city anymore. You have a decent chance of seeing a coyote, or an owl...and if you're really lucky (or unlucky depending on things) you might even see a mountain lion. This hike is not spectacular, but it does have pretty rock outcroppings, nice big trees, a stream in a canyon, and you can walk there pretty easily from our place...though the walk to get there is not so great. The entrance at the end of Amethyst Way is quite a bit closer than where the icon appears on the map. If you go at the right time, and want a longer walk, you can even swing by the Bird and Becket Book Store for a really great free (donation) jazz show.
This park is huge, and there is so much to do there. You can spend an afternoon in the gardens, or walk through the Japanese tea garden, or one of the Museums, or go Frisbee golfing, or go golfing golfing, or barbecue in the sunny speedway meadows (May or September if you like the sun), or (briefly) hike through the forest, paddle boat around an island mountain, checkout the giant historic windmills by the beach, or the equestrian center by the historic racing track, or or walk around the rock garden, be part of the drum circle, or go to the rollerskating dance party, or watch buffalo in the buffalo meadow. It may sound like I started making stuff up at the end. That's San Francisco...
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金门公园
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This park is huge, and there is so much to do there. You can spend an afternoon in the gardens, or walk through the Japanese tea garden, or one of the Museums, or go Frisbee golfing, or go golfing golfing, or barbecue in the sunny speedway meadows (May or September if you like the sun), or (briefly) hike through the forest, paddle boat around an island mountain, checkout the giant historic windmills by the beach, or the equestrian center by the historic racing track, or or walk around the rock garden, be part of the drum circle, or go to the rollerskating dance party, or watch buffalo in the buffalo meadow. It may sound like I started making stuff up at the end. That's San Francisco...
Fantastic View. Some nice hikes all along the coast all around this Golden Gate Recreation area. In fact, there are really nice hikes along the west coast for as far north as you could possible care to go.
Headlands Lookout
Fantastic View. Some nice hikes all along the coast all around this Golden Gate Recreation area. In fact, there are really nice hikes along the west coast for as far north as you could possible care to go.
A very pretty walk. Pretty close by too.
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Lands End Trail
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A very pretty walk. Pretty close by too.
I think this is the prettiest beach in the city. It also has an amazing view of Golden Gate Bridge.
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贝克海滩
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I think this is the prettiest beach in the city. It also has an amazing view of Golden Gate Bridge.
If you want to feel like you found a deserted beach, drive here walk to the beach and head south. You can walk for miles down the beach, sheltered from the city by the cliffs. The are a lot of dune trails to explore too. Much of this open space is an off leash dog park, so don't go there if you don't want to meet dogs.... a lot of dogs. There is also a place to rent horses for a ride through the dunes and along the beach. There's a lot of open space, so the horse riders can avoid the dogs....sort of.
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芬斯顿堡
Fort Funston Road
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If you want to feel like you found a deserted beach, drive here walk to the beach and head south. You can walk for miles down the beach, sheltered from the city by the cliffs. The are a lot of dune trails to explore too. Much of this open space is an off leash dog park, so don't go there if you don't want to meet dogs.... a lot of dogs. There is also a place to rent horses for a ride through the dunes and along the beach. There's a lot of open space, so the horse riders can avoid the dogs....sort of.
A large waterfall, falling right onto the beach. This is a very beautiful place. A really nice 4 mile hike to get there too. Eight miles round trip. One of the best hikes around, if you can find it. I once met a group there that drove for 10 hours each way JUST to go on this hike. !!!! Stop in Bolinas to eat on your way out....if you can find it. Make sure to stop by the 24 hour honor system roadside farm market too. It's the only thing on this trip that is easy to find.
Alamere Falls
A large waterfall, falling right onto the beach. This is a very beautiful place. A really nice 4 mile hike to get there too. Eight miles round trip. One of the best hikes around, if you can find it. I once met a group there that drove for 10 hours each way JUST to go on this hike. !!!! Stop in Bolinas to eat on your way out....if you can find it. Make sure to stop by the 24 hour honor system roadside farm market too. It's the only thing on this trip that is easy to find.
Hike through lush redwoods with a mandatory climb down a wooden ladder. One of the beat hikes around...and there are a lot of great hikes around. Take heed of the name though before you commit to this. If you make it all the way down the trail to Stinson Beach, then eat at the nicer half of the Siren Canteen.
Steep Ravine Trail
Hike through lush redwoods with a mandatory climb down a wooden ladder. One of the beat hikes around...and there are a lot of great hikes around. Take heed of the name though before you commit to this. If you make it all the way down the trail to Stinson Beach, then eat at the nicer half of the Siren Canteen.
This is a short walk from our place, with a cool view of the city. It's not spectacular, but it's a rewarding little leg stretcher if you aren't feeling ambitious. It’s also a great way to walk to the Castro from our place.
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Kite Hill
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This is a short walk from our place, with a cool view of the city. It's not spectacular, but it's a rewarding little leg stretcher if you aren't feeling ambitious. It’s also a great way to walk to the Castro from our place.
This is a scene...and a place to be seen. Bring your blanket and picnic basket, and be a part of it. You can walk by the shops down 24th and then hop on the rail at Church Street to get there. After being the scene, you can explore 18th street in either direction depending on which adventure you want (The Castro or The Mission). Lots of San Francisco to explore around 18th street.
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Mission Dolores Park
Dolores Street
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This is a scene...and a place to be seen. Bring your blanket and picnic basket, and be a part of it. You can walk by the shops down 24th and then hop on the rail at Church Street to get there. After being the scene, you can explore 18th street in either direction depending on which adventure you want (The Castro or The Mission). Lots of San Francisco to explore around 18th street.
Drinks & Nightlife
A cool small to medium sized music venue. They get some good, just-coming-onto-the-scene, acts here. Mostly rock based stuff. The adjoining restaurant is good too. There are also a lot of other things around this area if the band isn't your thing.
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The Chapel
777 Valencia St
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A cool small to medium sized music venue. They get some good, just-coming-onto-the-scene, acts here. Mostly rock based stuff. The adjoining restaurant is good too. There are also a lot of other things around this area if the band isn't your thing.
An indoor/outdoor cafe with live acoustic music. Spend a couple bucks on some tea and watch some Jazz, or Gypsy music, or some other eclectic sounds. Always interesting...always good...basically free. Give the band a good tip though. Seriously, these players work hard to split your tip five ways.
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Revolution Cafe
3248 22nd St
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An indoor/outdoor cafe with live acoustic music. Spend a couple bucks on some tea and watch some Jazz, or Gypsy music, or some other eclectic sounds. Always interesting...always good...basically free. Give the band a good tip though. Seriously, these players work hard to split your tip five ways.
The smallest, cleanest, cutest, artsiest little music venue you will ever find. It's not open that often, but it's a nice tiny contribution to the artist's community. Seating room only.
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Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom Street
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The smallest, cleanest, cutest, artsiest little music venue you will ever find. It's not open that often, but it's a nice tiny contribution to the artist's community. Seating room only.
One of my favorite medium sized music venues. It has great sound. Some fairly well know groups come through here.
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The Independent
628 Divisadero St
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One of my favorite medium sized music venues. It has great sound. Some fairly well know groups come through here.
This is one of my favorite medium sized music venues. Sometimes it's packed, sometimes it's empty, but it's full of history. It's a little dirty though, and the neighborhood is not so great.
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大美利坚音乐厅
859 O'Farrell St
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This is one of my favorite medium sized music venues. Sometimes it's packed, sometimes it's empty, but it's full of history. It's a little dirty though, and the neighborhood is not so great.
This is a tiny little place with a lot of character. It will have acts you have never heard of, that play at low volume. Sometimes it's really good....sometimes it's really not good...but your experience will definitely be unique.
The Lost Church
65 Capp St
This is a tiny little place with a lot of character. It will have acts you have never heard of, that play at low volume. Sometimes it's really good....sometimes it's really not good...but your experience will definitely be unique.
If you want a hopping scene, this is more your speed. This will be the younger, and less expensive, side of the SF bar scene. You won't find much Elbo Room at the Elbo Room. You will find loud music (often very good), dancing, and a lot of beer on the bottom of your shoes at the end of the night. Make sure to take your shoes off before you get home.
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The Valencia Room
647 Valencia Street
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If you want a hopping scene, this is more your speed. This will be the younger, and less expensive, side of the SF bar scene. You won't find much Elbo Room at the Elbo Room. You will find loud music (often very good), dancing, and a lot of beer on the bottom of your shoes at the end of the night. Make sure to take your shoes off before you get home.
A cool, sometimes hopping, and somewhat dirty, pretty small music venue. They have really good swing dancing bands here sometimes. Gypsy Jazz. Rock. Other stuff.
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Amnesia Beer & Music Hall
853 Valencia St
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A cool, sometimes hopping, and somewhat dirty, pretty small music venue. They have really good swing dancing bands here sometimes. Gypsy Jazz. Rock. Other stuff.
This is a classic concert hall. There's a lot of history here. If there is something you want to see at the Fillmore, then don't miss it. A lot of really great acts come through here. If it's sold out far enough ahead of time, then they hand out a limited number of free posters on the way out.
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菲尔莫尔礼堂
1805 Geary Boulevard
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This is a classic concert hall. There's a lot of history here. If there is something you want to see at the Fillmore, then don't miss it. A lot of really great acts come through here. If it's sold out far enough ahead of time, then they hand out a limited number of free posters on the way out.
The speakeasy style bar is an experience, although the area around the bar is a bit sketchy. None the less, it's a great place for drinks and a conversation. It's very cool, very clean, very fun, and with character oozing from it's eyeballs. Go with a cocktail in mind, get reservations, and don't forget the password. If you get to the address and you decide that maybe it closed down a few years ago, then you found the right place.
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Bourbon & Branch
501 Jones Street
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The speakeasy style bar is an experience, although the area around the bar is a bit sketchy. None the less, it's a great place for drinks and a conversation. It's very cool, very clean, very fun, and with character oozing from it's eyeballs. Go with a cocktail in mind, get reservations, and don't forget the password. If you get to the address and you decide that maybe it closed down a few years ago, then you found the right place.
A small, little known space, that isn't opened very often. This old wooden venue has beautiful lighting, a warm feel, and interesting acts. It's also right in the heart of the Mission's nightlife.
Amado's
998 Valencia St
A small, little known space, that isn't opened very often. This old wooden venue has beautiful lighting, a warm feel, and interesting acts. It's also right in the heart of the Mission's nightlife.
This really is a book shop, but they have some fantastic jazz acts there. They put wine out, and ask that you pay with a suggested donation for wine and music. It’s the kind of place where you shouldn’t be talking during the music…people are there to listen. It's a low key, locals experience.
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Bird & Beckett Books & Records
653 Chenery St
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This really is a book shop, but they have some fantastic jazz acts there. They put wine out, and ask that you pay with a suggested donation for wine and music. It’s the kind of place where you shouldn’t be talking during the music…people are there to listen. It's a low key, locals experience.
Good Jazz here. This is your classic dark jazz club scene. It's a social atmosphere. Cocktails, warm snacks, music.
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Black Cat
400 Eddy St
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Good Jazz here. This is your classic dark jazz club scene. It's a social atmosphere. Cocktails, warm snacks, music.
This is an old-time (50s / 60s) style bar, and music venue. It's more of a bar, or a club, but the live music is good. There is a lot of character here...a bit like the "Mad Men" TV show. It has a clean, fancy feel to it. Drinks are expensive, and done well.
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Local Edition
691 Market St
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This is an old-time (50s / 60s) style bar, and music venue. It's more of a bar, or a club, but the live music is good. There is a lot of character here...a bit like the "Mad Men" TV show. It has a clean, fancy feel to it. Drinks are expensive, and done well.