What's going on in San Francisco / Bay AreaSEE ALL 2012 WINNERS
2011 Winner1190 BryantIt's the best of both worlds: city living and growing your own garden. Living Wall Panels from PlantsOnWalls contain all hardware needed to start an outdoor vertical garden of strawberries, basil, or whatever you choose, ranging in size from one t...
2001 Winner1475 ShattuckThough it'll stir up lots of tsuris to place the best Jewish deli outside of San Francisco, Saul's beats any of the city's lesser efforts by a mile. Sure, you can get an overpriced bowl of matzo ball soup at David's downtown or a chewy corned beef...
2012 Winner1062 Valencia St.Stephanie Weisman, the founder and artistic director of The Marsh theater, spent a few months living on a house on stilts in a marsh, watching the flora and fauna thrive in its landscape. That's why she called her theater "The Marsh." She thinks o...
2012 Finalist470 CarolinaA haven for new parents and nannies of teeny tots, Urban Recess provides a safe, contained and well-padded play space for children any age under four. A membership provides priority access in the mornings and on rainy days, in addition to guided p...
2010 Winner657 HarrisonDeep in the bowels of this San Francisco nightlife smorgasbord lives a strange and magical blue zebra-bunny. He wears a beard and stiletto heels, and if you ask him the cross-streets of his own establishment, he might just say, "It's the corner of...
2012 Winner3630 Balboa St.Here's something purportedly fun: going to the movies. Here's something that's actually fun: skipping the exhausting, soul-sucking multiplex, and heading for the Balboa, an independent theater that's been around since 1926. At the Balboa, recent o...
2012 Finalist3200 Grand Ave.This gorgeous neoclassical movie house in Oakland is home to the very best/most liberal marquee in the world. The owners of the Grand Lake like to BREAK. IT. DOWN. Also, each individual theater is unique, with our favorites being the small Egyptia...
2012 Finalist2140 MarketThis Upper Market watering hole hides a secluded patio behind the pool tables, though don't expect too much -- the seating is usually dominated by smokers, the patio receives no direct sunlight, and its hours are modest out of deference to the nei...
2012 Finalist570 Green St.In the back of the North Beach haunt Amante, there is a cash-only pop-up serving wontons, ramen, fried rice, pork belly buns and, curiously enough, fried chicken. At Chubby Noodle, buttermilk-brined Mary's Organic chicken wings and breasts are mar...
2012 Finalist558 SacramentoThe Wayfare Tavern in the Financial District is not just known for its broad-shouldered patrons in suits on power-lunches or scantily-clad hostesses carting fruity cocktails with names like "poolside" (basil, watermelon, lime, and pisco and tastes...
2010 Winner300 DivisaderoMadusalon has recognized that unruly, wild tendrils need a more nuanced cut than straight hair, and there's a simple way to achieve this: Cut the hair while it's dry! At Madusalon, the stylists will do this for $60 to $80, depending on how long an...
2012 Winner335 PowellA poor man's drop zone, the glass elevator at Westin St. Francis catapults riders up 32 stories and takes them down again, offering an impressive view of Union Square and making riders giddy with adrenaline. Rumor has it that back in the day the e...
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San Francisco Railway Museum
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Letterman Digital Arts Center
There was no small amount of controversy in 1999 when George Lucas won the bi...
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House of Air
House of Air is an enormous, former airplane hangar by the Golden Gate Bridge...
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