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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Ippuku


    Christian Geideman, chef-owner of the Japanese yakitori restaurant and shochu bar in Berkeley, uses every molecule he can of the free-range chickens delivered to Ippuku every day. He segments the birds into their various, delicious parts and... More on Ippuku »

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Bars & Clubs

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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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Food Trucks

  • Curry Up Now

    Curry Up Now

    This food truck serves up Indian street food and Indo-American hybrids like tikka masala burritos with pickled onions and fenugreek and Indian-Trinidadian garbanzo-filled frybread. Dishes like the "inside-out" samosas can be a mess, but the kathi... More on Curry Up Now »

  • 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 »

  • 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

  • Dolores Park Cafe

    Dolores Park Cafe

    If you need a good place to refuel during a Mission stroll, stop in to the sunny corner of the street for big mugs of coffee and outdoor seating. Dolores Park Cafe also offers ample seating inside and big windows for people-watching. With a full... More on Dolores Park Cafe »

  • 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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    • 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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