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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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Bars & Clubs

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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

  • 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 »

  • Uptown Nightclub

    Uptown Nightclub

    Located across from the newly renovated Fox Theater and down the street from Cafe Van Kleef, the Uptown is a cornerstone venue in the resurgent downtown Oakland music scene. The interior is split into two rooms: the main cocktail area - with high... More on Uptown Nightclub »

  • 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 »

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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 »

  • Kung Fu Tacos

    Kung Fu Tacos

    An active member of S.F.'s street food community, Kung Fu Tacos serves up Chinese-fusion tacos that karate-chop your taste buds. Tan Truong and Jonathan Ward offer wittily named menu items like Asian Asada (served with a spicy Asian salsa) and... More on Kung Fu Tacos »

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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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