Archive for January, 2010
Just stumbled on probably the raddest Japanese art party ever.
FreshGuide‘s latest deal (ending soon!) is $30 for $85 worth of yoga at The Pad Studios (1690 Union at Gough). If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. I had a six month membership at The Pad this past year and loved every minute of it. It’s a really clean and hip-looking studio with great instructors and sweet owners. The power yoga classes are small, with fun music! And actually, the studio offers a 10 sessions for $10 deal for new customers, which you should try first before exercising this deal. I could go on, but I’ll just leave it at two thumbs up.
San Franciscans, and Americans, are generous folk. There’s been plenty of charitable giving and events for the people of Haiti all over the city — really too much to list. But I learned that La Boulange (2310 Polk St. at Green) is doing something special locally for earthquake relief, something that will mean more if you participate, so I wanted to share. The staff members from every La Boulange in the city have gratiously offered to donate all of the tips they make this Sunday, Jan. 31 to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. The organization has been in Haiti for 19 years and already has roots established there, so it’s a smart choice. Better yet, La Boulange itself has decided to match all of the tips the staff earns on Sunday. So when you’re hankering for a fresh jus d’orange or some bread pudding after an indulgent Saturday night out this weekend, get your butt over to La Boulange and tip well.
Posted in Bars, Events, tagged Bars, Black Horse London Pub, Black Magic Voodoo Lounge, Bullitt, Greens Sports Bar, New Orleans, Shanghai Kelly's, Sports, Superbowl, Superbowl Sunday, The Buccaneer, The Saints on January 27, 2010 | 7 Comments »
First of all, let me say, “Who ‘dat!!!” Okay. Now that that is said and done, I’ll move on to my list of places to hang out in the area on the upcoming Superbowl Sunday. This list will inevitably be updated, and please feel free to contribute with events and specials in the comments.
- If you’re a Saints fan, the best bar near Russian Hill to be in on February 7 is none other than Black Magic Voodoo Lounge (1400 Lombard at Van Ness). It has TVs like every other divey sports bar, but better yet, it’s got New Orleans locals and enthusiasts . . . and lots of liquor (including NOLA’s finest Abita Beer), so it’s bound to be lively. Please wear black and gold : )
- Shanghai Kelly’s (2064 Polk at Broadway) will also be hosting their annual Superbowl BBQ party. The deal is open bar with barbecued grub. Ladies, it’ll cost you $40, and gents it’ll cost you $60 (if you’re somewhere in between, you should probably go to Divas). Seating is limited, though, so you should stop by the bar or call in to reserve your seat soon. (more…)
Casablanca Café (1609 Polk at Sacramento) has newspapered its windows. You bohemians will have to find a new place to smoke your smelly hookah and drink your discount beer. Interestingly enough (or not), the other Moroccan spots in the ‘hood, Tajine and Cossu, have also recently shuttered their doors — anyone want to cry foul?
The ninth annual Dine About Town event kicked off on Friday and will run through the end of the month, with bargain prix-fixe lunches and dinners throughout the city. No doubt the affair aims to pull San Franciscans out of their rabbit holes and into restaurants they’ve yet to try, but for some of us, uncharted dining territories sit within the perimeter of our very own neighborhoods.
If your digs are in Russian Hill, you’ll be happy to hear that a few local restaus are participating in Dine About Town . . . (more…)
I have never heard of MyJoffer.com before but from some elementary deduction I have arrived upon two things: a) it has a dumb name and b) it seems like a Groupon knockoff. But more importantly, for the next day and a half, the site is offering a 50 percent discount on gift certificates for $10 worth of wine at Polk Street’s very own Spencer and Daniel’s Wine Outlet (1541 Polk at Sacramento). SnD’s offers great deals on dozens of varieties of wine, which all seem to be up for grabs with this coupon, so I’d have at it I were you — and I will, too.
About a month ago, I moved into a new apartment not far from Lombard St. Around 1:30 a.m. after taking a half a dozen Zipcar trips from my old digs, I finally unloaded my last moving box. As I walked to my new building, I noticed a haggard, toothless woman standing in the doorway. I asked if I could help her, and she responded, “I am a prostitute and the dude in Apt. 3 called me. Can’t you help me out?” Seeing as my place was Apt. 3, I knew she was bluffing, and just wanted to come in. So I made an excuse and tried to sneak my way past her. She then proceeded to call me a b*tch when I wouldn’t let her in. Welcome to the neighborhood, I thought.
During my two years in my previous apartment just two blocks away, I’d never had an experience like this. Could the local flavor really change so much in just a few hundred feet? As it turns out, it may have been more about climate than geography.