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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 »

  • House of Bagels

    House of Bagels

    Want a great East Coast-style bagel on the West Coast, but you're tired of hearing "Fuggedaboutit"? Well, House of Bagels has been baking Brooklyn-style bagels from scratch every morning since 1962. Try one of its signature schmears like lox and... More on House of Bagels »

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Bars & Clubs

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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Music Venues

  • Hotel Utah

    Hotel Utah

    The Old West and indie music come together at the Hotel Utah Saloon, where a small stage, an antique bar, and a diversely stocked jukebox set the scene. A gigantic taxidermied elk head stares down upon drinkers in the main section, which is... More on Hotel Utah »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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Movie Theaters

  • San Francisco Art Institute

    San Francisco Art Institute

    This contemporary art school has been in operation since 1871 and features student, teacher, and alumni works at various public events such as fashion shows, film screenings, and gallery exhibitions. More on San Francisco Art Institute »

  • Foreign Cinema

    Foreign Cinema

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

  • Paramount Theatre

    Paramount Theatre

    Built in 1931 and restored in 1973, this magnificent example of Art Deco architecture and furnishings is one of Oakland's primary performing arts centers. It hosts the symphony, ballet, and classic movie nights as well. More on Paramount Theatre »

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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 »

  • 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 »

  • SOMA StrEat Food Park

    SOMA StrEat Food Park

    Unlike temporary food truck gatherings like Off the Grid or the more permanent pods in Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, SOMA StrEat Food Park feels like more than a parking lot for food trucks. It's separated from the street by a chain-link... More on SOMA StrEat Food Park »

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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 »

  • 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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  • Critic Reviews

    • Full moons don't transform Chelsea Peretti into a wolf. Sometimes, all it takes is an annoying Twitter comment. Enter "Wolf Mode"— a highly intense state of spiritual unrest when Peretti assumes the perspective of the wild creature, posting all-caps tweets about snowy fur, mountain dens, and ice howls. "You know how Beyoncé has Sasha Fierce?" Peretti says from a comedy tour stop in Houston. "It became an alter ego to inhabit so that I could venture forth into the Internet safely." When not tweeting through the eyes of a wolf, Oakland... More on UC Berkeley, Wheeler Auditorium »

    • After 23 years, Ringworm has retained its credibility as a genre-defining powerhouse of hardcore metal through a simple formula: the perverse onslaught of listeners' ears. The Cleveland outfit clobbers through speed-picked, palm-muted riffs — following in the steps of thrash gods Kreator — and conjures half-time breakdowns that elicit the hellion mosher in hardcore fans. Vocalist Human Furnace spews offensive lyrics like his blood is boiling. Touring behind its latest full-length, Hammer of the Witch, Ringworm is expected to aggravate the... More on Thee Parkside »

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