SAN FRANCISCO, CA With specialty coffee shops, artisanal cocktail bars, and the highest number of restaurants per capita in the USA—not to mention a great music scene—San Francisco practices a refined hedonism for fun-loving foodies. Make sure to hit these places by the Bay.
Text by CONNIE HWONG
THE FILLMORE Japantown
For nearly 45 years, San Francisco’s historic Fillmore has hosted artists across the rock spectrum, including many psychedelic notables of the 1960s. It’s still a great room with its own quirky traditions: fresh apples are always available to any concert-goer with a fruit craving, and the venue commissions artists to create unique posters (distributed for free at the end of the night) for sold-old shows.
RETRO ROCK-’N’-ROLL LODGING
PHOENIX HOTEL LUNCH WITH A LAP DANCE
Anchored on one of the ’Loin’s grimier corners, Phoenix touts itself as the crash-pad of choice for rock bands staying in town, due to its proximity to venues like the Great American Music Hall and the Hemlock Tavern and its free parking. And if the bus- and van-packed lot is any indication, the lightly revamped, ’50s-era motel actually hosts its fair share of rock dudes. Just remember: those pillows that you drunkenly hurled into the pool will end up on your bill.
This topless bar comes with a free lunch buffet. The lunch crowd ranges from Midwestern housewives to start-up nerds to bros, but it’s a great, friendly spot. Be forewarned: the ATM in here wallops a $20 “convenience fee.”
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