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  • 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 »

  • 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

  • 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 »

  • Monroe


    A new upscale bar in the former Dragon Bar location. More on Monroe »

  • 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 »

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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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Movie Theaters

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Food Trucks

  • Cranky Boots

    Cranky Boots

    The Popsicle was invented in Oakland, but it's being dressed up in San Francisco, where husband-and-wife team Amanda Yee and Aland Welford man a small cart at the Cortland Marketplace. The shop, dubbed Cranky Boots after what Yee calls Welford... More on Cranky Boots »

  • The Creme Brulee Cart

    The Creme Brulee Cart

    You never know where the Crème Brö»lée Cart might turn up next (although Twitter can help), but Curtis Kimball, its owner, operator, and chef de cuisine, is definitely worth seeking out. His custards, served in tinfoil ramekins and broiled to... More on The Creme Brulee Cart »

  • Da Beef

    Da Beef

    Hot dogs and Italian sausages suit both quick, cheap lunches and the kind of sloppy, late-night scarf sessions one rationalizes after hours of drinking on a too-empty stomach. Since this Chicago-style hot dog cart is open until 3 a.m. on weekends... More on Da Beef »

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Coffee Shops

  • Philz Coffee

    Philz Coffee

    When you move to San Francisco, everyone you meet recommends Philz for an unfussy cup of coffee without parallel. The signature at Philz is a creamy, bold Turkish-style blend fragrant with mint. Since each order is made, as the store's motto... More on Philz Coffee »

  • 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 »

  • Atlas Cafe

    Atlas Cafe

    What's not to love about Atlas Cafe? With strong coffee and delicious California-style menu selections, this cool little spot, located in the heart of the Mission also has free Wifi, magazines to peruse, and local art featured on its walls. It... More on Atlas Cafe »

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  • Critic Reviews

    • A resurgence of interest in Afrobeat music in recent years has produced a Broadway show about Fela Kuti, revived long-retired West African bands, and produced a slew of new, Afrobeat-inspired bands. The four-piece Bandalabra conjures elements of Afrobeat — complex polyrhythms, call and response, native African harmonies, steady presence of clave — but the group, according to bandleader and saxophonist Skerik, is inherently "a funk band." "There isn't a concerted effort to emulate any one thing," Skerik said. "All rhythmic musics are... More on Boom Boom Room »

    • Yoshiki Hayashi, the drummer, pianist, and principal composer of X Japan, is a genuine rarity: a flashy rock star who's also a classically trained pianist with serious chops and the ability to shift seamlessly between genres. Arguably the most influential rock group in Japanese history, X Japan took heavy metal mainstream and sold out the massive Tokyo Dome 13 times prior to disbanding in 1997. (It subsequently reformed in 2007.) With a performance at Davies Symphony Hall coming up next week, we spoke with Hayashi — known publicly as... More on Davies Symphony Hall »

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