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  • John's Grill

    John's Grill

    This landmark restaurant claims to be "home of the Maltese Falcon" - due to the fact that Dashiell Hammett was a John's Grill regular during the time he penned the iconic detective novel - and the building's second floor is a veritable shrine to... More on John's Grill »

  • Tuba Restaurant and Grill

    Tuba Restaurant and Grill

    This Turkish neighborhood bistro revives a San Francisco restaurant meme that seemed to fade out at the end of the 1990s: the red room. There's a whiff of the boudoir to the place, aided by Euroclub music that usually accompanies too much cologne... More on Tuba Restaurant and Grill »

  • 1058 Hoagie

    1058 Hoagie

    The latest deli spot from sandwich genius Adam Mesnick, the man behind SOMA's Deli Board, focuses on cold, Philly-style hoagies (different from a submarine because it uses soft, flat rolls instead of crusty Italian rolls). All sandwiches at 1058... More on 1058 Hoagie »

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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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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 »

  • Public Works

    Public Works

    Tucked into an alley at the northern edge of the Mission District -- look for a Banksy stencil and a bunch of other great street-art murals on the outside wall -- Public Works is a multi-use space that hosts art shows, DJ dance events, live... More on Public Works »

  • 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 »

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Movie Theaters

  • AMC Metreon 16

    AMC Metreon 16

    This SOMA theater features ETX, and IMAX RealD 3-D films. The stadium seating theater also offers listening devices, is wheelchair-accessible, and offer theater spaces for rent for private parties. More on AMC Metreon 16 »

  • 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 »

  • Victoria Theatre

    Victoria Theatre

    Located in the Mission District, it's the oldest operating theater in S.F. (since 1908!). It serves as a venue for performing arts, film festivals, and other community-based events. More on Victoria Theatre »

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Food Trucks

  • 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 »

  • El Gallo Giro Taco Truck

    El Gallo Giro Taco Truck

    This well-loved taco truck with the rooster painted on the side sits outside the gates of Parque Ninos Unidos at Treat and 23rd streets. Its specialty is Michoacan-style roast pork capped with crisped fat. Order it in a taco, and you get... More on El Gallo Giro Taco Truck »

  • 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 »

  • 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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    • 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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