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  • Sheba Piano Lounge

    Sheba Piano Lounge

    Don't let the hokey exterior fool you, this place offers a comfortable, even classy setting in the heart of the Fillmore. Perhaps Meatless Mondays will draw you in, as all Ethiopian restaurants seem to have great vegetarian menus. This one costs... More on Sheba Piano Lounge »

  • 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 »

  • House of Bagels

    House of Bagels

    Want a great East Coast-style bagel on the West Coast, but you're tired of hearing "Fuggedaboutit"? Well, House of Bagels has been baking Brooklyn-style bagels from scratch every morning since 1962. Try one of its signature schmears like lox and... More on House of Bagels »

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Bars & Clubs

  • Monarch

    Monarch

    The people behind the Om Records music label, Black Pancakes vinyl emporium, and other local culture outlets have taken over this two-level nightclub located along the Sixth Street corridor just south of Market. Expect a lot of house music to... More on Monarch »

  • Northstar Cafe

    Northstar Cafe

    From outside, you can hear the click-clack of pool balls colliding. The windows are large and there's a backdoor leading from the pool table to a quiet, tree-lined street. The bar itself is inconspicuous, so the sounds of the break shot or the... More on Northstar Cafe »

  • 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

  • Hotel Utah

    Hotel Utah

    The Old West and indie music come together at the Hotel Utah Saloon, where a small stage, an antique bar, and a diversely stocked jukebox set the scene. A gigantic taxidermied elk head stares down upon drinkers in the main section, which is... More on Hotel Utah »

  • Abbey Tavern

    Abbey Tavern

    This Irish sports bar in the Inner Richmond features occasional live bands and DJs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. A mixture of pop, rock, '80s, and Top 40 dance music caters to a mostly collegiate crowd. More on Abbey Tavern »

  • 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 »

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Movie Theaters

  • Randall Museum

    Randall Museum

    This arts-and-science-based museum features exhibits on the natural environment in the Bay Area, hosts events, and features classes, camps, theater and musical performances, a movie club for teens, and birthday parties for kids. More on Randall Museum »

  • Paramount Theatre

    Paramount Theatre

    Built in 1931 and restored in 1973, this magnificent example of Art Deco architecture and furnishings is one of Oakland's primary performing arts centers. It hosts the symphony, ballet, and classic movie nights as well. More on Paramount Theatre »

  • Foreign Cinema

    Foreign Cinema

    Chic, neo-industrial restaurant offers large outdoor patio with nightly film screenings and revamped French menu from former Zuni CafĂ© chefs. Main courses are fantastic. Dessert choices include beautifully composed cheese plates. Full bar,... More on Foreign Cinema »

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Food Trucks

  • Da Beef

    Da Beef

    Hot dogs and Italian sausages suit both quick, cheap lunches and the kind of sloppy, late-night scarf sessions one rationalizes after hours of drinking on a too-empty stomach. Since this Chicago-style hot dog cart is open until 3 a.m. on weekends... More on Da Beef »

  • b.Street Waffles

    b.Street Waffles

    You can find them at Castro Coffee on Saturday mornings. More on b.Street Waffles »

  • 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 »

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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 »

  • Four Barrel Roasters

    Four Barrel Roasters

    If you're going to spring several bucks for a coffee these days, it ought to be perfectly made and served in an interesting coffeehouse space. Four Barrel in the Mission District qualifies on both counts: Staff roast their own beans and serve the... More on Four Barrel Roasters »

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    • In the center of René de Guzman's office at Oakland Museum of California, stacks of exhibition catalogs and trade journals form an improvised table. Crates of records rest nearby, with jackets jutting out at odd angles like the haggard shared collection in a party house living room. The haphazard ephemera and vinyl seem to clash with the title "senior museum curator," but Guzman's lack of preciousness towards his media is telling. He describes the Oakland Museum's upcoming exhibition, "Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records," not as a... More on Oakland Museum of California »

    • If you haven't seen Dillinger Escape Plan live, you remain unaware of the true technical heaviness of which human musicians are capable. When we say this New Jersey mathcore quintet is powerful live, we mean that you will probably spend half the set wanting to physically assault yourself, and the other half wondering, "How the hell are they doing that?" This tour is special because its opening act is Sacramento's own Trash Talk: a band that consistently combines lead-weight riffs with an unhinged attitude. Expect a set that delivers short,... More on DNA Lounge »

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