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  • Ippuku

    Ippuku

    Christian Geideman, chef-owner of the Japanese yakitori restaurant and shochu bar in Berkeley, uses every molecule he can of the free-range chickens delivered to Ippuku every day. He segments the birds into their various, delicious parts and... More on Ippuku »

  • Upcider

    Upcider

    First there were upscale wine bars. Now, thanks to Upcider, there's an upscale cider bar as well. This minimally decorated second-floor drinkery has long windows overlooking the crowds on Polk Street, while the menu features rare craft ciders you... More on Upcider »

  • Radio Africa and Kitchen

    Radio Africa and Kitchen

    Ethiopia-born chef Eskender Aseged started Radio Africa as a dinner with friends in his own home. Now his restaurant started as a nomadic pop-up shop before finding a permanent spot in Bayview. Aseged crafts artful dishes influenced by his home... More on Radio Africa and Kitchen »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Swedish American Hall

    Swedish American Hall

    Located right upstairs from Cafe Du Nord is its auditoriumlike sister venue, the Swedish American Hall. Music usually ranges from country and folk to indie rock and beyond. More on Swedish American Hall »

  • The Gangway

    The Gangway

    A wooden mockup of the Titanic's prow juts out of the front of this Tenderloin dive bar, where a faded rainbow flag lets you know gays are welcome (while the Bud Light neon in the window lets you know it ain't a fancypants kinda place). More on The Gangway »

  • The Pub at Ghirardelli Square

    The Pub at Ghirardelli Square

    Dark wood and deep reds set the visual tone inside this touristy-but-classy bar and restaurant in Ghirardelli Square - although you may never notice, since the views of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park across the street may occupy... More on The Pub at Ghirardelli Square »

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Music Venues

  • Oakland Metro Operahouse

    Oakland Metro Operahouse

    If the word "operahouse" makes you think of Charles Garnier's opulent theatrical monument in Paris, think again - this multi-use performance space is located inside an adapted industrial warehouse on the edge of modern Jack London Square. The... More on Oakland Metro Operahouse »

  • Hemlock Tavern

    Hemlock Tavern

    By showcasing some of the world's best underground indie-rock bands, this microvenue has quickly become one of the city's best. A crowded, clamorous bar up front - decorated with kitschy thrift-shop art, vintage beer paraphernalia, and some... More on Hemlock Tavern »

  • Yoshi's San Francisco

    Yoshi's San Francisco

    This ain't the old Fillmore jazz scene - where once small, smoky joints like Bop City reigned among the mid-century locals-in-the-know. This Yoshi's venue is upscale to the max. The longtime Oakland jazz venue that brings national talent to the... More on Yoshi's San Francisco »

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Food Trucks

  • SOMA StrEat Food Park

    SOMA StrEat Food Park

    Unlike temporary food truck gatherings like Off the Grid or the more permanent pods in Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, SOMA StrEat Food Park feels like more than a parking lot for food trucks. It's separated from the street by a chain-link... More on SOMA StrEat Food Park »

  • Cranky Boots

    Cranky Boots

    The Popsicle was invented in Oakland, but it's being dressed up in San Francisco, where husband-and-wife team Amanda Yee and Aland Welford man a small cart at the Cortland Marketplace. The shop, dubbed Cranky Boots after what Yee calls Welford... More on Cranky Boots »

  • The Chairman Truck

    The Chairman Truck

    The Chairman Truck slings a variety of hot and delicious Chinese bao out of a bright red, Shepard Fairey-esque truck. The buns come steamed or baked and are stuffed with delectable combinations like pork belly, sesame chicken with bok choy, and... More on The Chairman Truck »

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Coffee Shops

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in San Francisco / Bay Area and around the world. Named for the... More on Starbucks »

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in San Francisco / Bay Area and around the world. Named for the... More on Starbucks »

  • Starbucks

    Starbucks

    Since its founding by a trio of aspiring coffee roasters in Seattle in 1971, Starbucks has grown to become the largest coffeehouse in the world, with upwards of 20,000 locations in San Francisco / Bay Area and around the world. Named for the... More on Starbucks »

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    • A resurgence of interest in Afrobeat music in recent years has produced a Broadway show about Fela Kuti, revived long-retired West African bands, and produced a slew of new, Afrobeat-inspired bands. The four-piece Bandalabra conjures elements of Afrobeat — complex polyrhythms, call and response, native African harmonies, steady presence of clave — but the group, according to bandleader and saxophonist Skerik, is inherently "a funk band." "There isn't a concerted effort to emulate any one thing," Skerik said. "All rhythmic musics are... More on Boom Boom Room »

    • Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer, pianist, and principal composer of X Japan, is a genuine rarity: a flashy rock star who's also a classically trained pianist with serious chops and the ability to shift seamlessly between genres. Arguably the most influential rock group in Japanese history, X Japan took heavy metal mainstream and sold out the massive Tokyo Dome 13 times prior to disbanding in 1997. (It subsequently reformed in 2007.) With a performance at Davies Symphony Hall coming up next week, we spoke with Hayashi — known publicly as... More on Davies Symphony Hall »

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