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  • 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 »

  • Radio Africa and Kitchen

    Radio Africa and Kitchen

    Ethiopia-born chef Eskender Aseged started Radio Africa as a dinner with friends in his own home. Now his restaurant started as a nomadic pop-up shop before finding a permanent spot in Bayview. Aseged crafts artful dishes influenced by his home... More on Radio Africa and Kitchen »

  • 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

  • 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 »

  • The Gangway

    The Gangway

    A wooden mockup of the Titanic's prow juts out of the front of this Tenderloin dive bar, where a faded rainbow flag lets you know gays are welcome (while the Bud Light neon in the window lets you know it ain't a fancypants kinda place). More on The Gangway »

  • 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 »

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Music Venues

  • 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 »

  • Yoshi's San Francisco

    Yoshi's San Francisco

    This ain't the old Fillmore jazz scene - where once small, smoky joints like Bop City reigned among the mid-century locals-in-the-know. This Yoshi's venue is upscale to the max. The longtime Oakland jazz venue that brings national talent to the... More on Yoshi's San Francisco »

  • Boom Boom Room

    Boom Boom Room

    Couches and cocktails complement a blues and funk boogie, which makes shaking it on the checkerboard dance floor an old-fashioned must. Nightly, up-and-coming national acts play sweaty, steamy sets on the venue's small stage - always a rollicking... More on Boom Boom Room »

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Movie Theaters

  • Stanford Theatre

    Stanford Theatre

    Classic films reign at the beautiful Stanford Theatre, which opened in 1925. Movies from the '20s and '30s appear on a rotating schedule, which is available on the theater's website. There are two neighboring parking structures, and the theater... More on Stanford Theatre »

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

    Through different media, this organization works to present to visitors a wide array of artistic viewpoints and endeavors. Check out the event calendar on its website for the latest exhibits and films. More on Yerba Buena Center for the Arts »

  • Foreign Cinema

    Foreign Cinema

    Chic, neo-industrial restaurant offers large outdoor patio with nightly film screenings and revamped French menu from former Zuni Café chefs. Main courses are fantastic. Dessert choices include beautifully composed cheese plates. Full bar,... More on Foreign Cinema »

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Food Trucks

  • Casey's Pizza

    Casey's Pizza

    Casey Crynes started out making pizzas -- fantastic pizzas -- on a couple of hacked Weber grills, but in the fall of 2011 he graduated up to a food truck with a proper gas-fired oven. He sells four types of pies per outing, either whole or by the... More on Casey's Pizza »

  • 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 »

  • Let's Be Frank

    Let's Be Frank

    Let's Be Frank is located in Crissy Field (the Marina District) by the Warming Hut and was founded by Sue Moore, former "meat forager" for Berkeley and Larry Bain, a member of the San Francisco Sustainable Food Systems team. Together they... More on Let's Be Frank »

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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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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