What's going on in San Francisco / Bay AreaSEE ALL 2012 WINNERS
2007 WinnerSeward & DouglassThere is something exhilarating about zooming down a giant slide so fast that you land - boom - on your ass. Given our current rash of innocuous swirly slides, most playgrounds don't exactly offer adults and daredevils a spontaneous whoosh of exci...
2012 Finalist1 Bush St.River rocks embedded in concrete, a fountain sculpture, a moat, and cherry, willow and pine trees make One Bush Street one of our favorites. Built in 1953, the urban garden surrounds the first post-war high-rise building, but sadly there is no sea...
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...
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Best Bar When You Want To Be Left Alone
Hogan's Goat Tavern
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Best Building Built In 1907
Swedish American Hall
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Best Indoor Place To Read For Hours Without Feeling Obliged To Buy Coffee
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
When the temperature is low, the wind strong, or the sun glaring, reading out...
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La Rosa Vintage
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