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2011 Winner5179 MissionIf crossing Cesar Chavez is going south of the border, this Excelsior hangout would be exotic enough for the laptop-music crowd. Grooving to corridos music between shots, you'll find there's no better place in San Francisco than this converted for...
2012 Finalist424 Octavia St.Yeah, we're giving this Johnny-come-lately on the SF patio drinking scene a spot in the Top 3. There's just little to find fault with at the Hayes Valley urban oasis. Sure, it's a little pricey, but you're getting massive German beers and pub food...
2011 Winner352 GrantWhen you're jonesing for a little bound-and-glossy action and Time, Newsweek, and Tiger Beat just don't do it for you anymore, head to the city's premier Parisian bistro and take in the dazzling selection of high-end magazines from around the glob...
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...
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Best Movie Theater
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
Not as beautiful as the Castro but they serve food and alcoholic beverages. H...
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SPORTS & RECREATION
Best Place To Practice The Force
Letterman Digital Arts Center
There was no small amount of controversy in 1999 when George Lucas won the bi...
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SHOPPING & SERVICES
Best Vintage Worth Saving Up For
La Rosa Vintage
La Rosa has the vintage collection everyone with a seriously nostalgic fashio...
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