So, of course, you already know that there are many attractions worth seeing in San Francisco. This city by the bay is home to beautiful architectural landmarks, famous museums, and gorgeous parks. There are countless amounts of things to see here. But, where do you begin?
An old co-worker and I thought it would be fun to bring some insiders' perspectives on the lesser known things that make San Francisco (and the Green Tortoise) great! So, I present to you, Charles' top 10 list.
10. Buena Vista Park -Haight St. Between Baker and Central
The name, meaning "good view," pretty much says it all. This park has a great view of the Marin Headlands and Golden Gate Bridge. Its walking distance from Haight-Ashbury, the Castro and the Mission. It is less popular than Golden Gate Park, so a great place to hike or sit without being bothered by all the other tourists.
9. Polk Street
Or "The poor man's Haight," as Charles likes to call it. A lesser known area full of shops, bars and nightlife. Watch out for transvestites.
8. Sam's Burgers and Pizza -618 Broadway
This place has the 3 most important features a burger joint can have: Its cheap as hell, open late, and its only a block and a half from the Green Tortoise! The perfect place to satisfy those drunken munchies after the bars close, or after free beer night in our own ballroom.
7. The Starlight Room -Top floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St.Great
view of the city, especially at night. Sometimes they have shows and
DJs, and on Sunday nights they have a drag show. It is a bit pricey.
But, just get one or two drinks for the novelty.
6. The Cheesecake Factory -251 Geary St.
Its pretty obvious whats great about this place....cheesecake! Located on the top floor of Macy's in Union Square, it has a fantastic view. This interior is pretty extraordinary as well. One of the draw backs is this place is very popular, so you could wait a while for a table. Just go here for desert and try to go not during peak meal hours.
5. The End Up -401 6th St.
This is one of the only bars that stays open past 2:00 am. Even though they can't legally serve alcohol after 2, its still a great place to go after hours. DJs, dancing, and an awesome patio in the back complete with ferns and a fountain (perfect for smokers).
4. The Red Vic Movie House -1727 Haight St.
This worker owned and operated theater is a great place to catch
a flick for cheap. Forget those lumpy chairs that most theaters have,
and get cozy on one of their couch-style benches. They screen all types
of movies; from recent blockbusters, to old classics, to independent
films and documentaries.
3. Zeitgeist -199 Valencia St.
Hands down, one of the best bars in the city. The drinks are average price, and the inside is dirty. But they have a huge backyard with picnic tables, perfect for going with a big group. Lots of beers on tap and possibly the best bloody marys in SF. The food is good and cheap, too. Plus, look out for the tamale lady as she comes through with her little cart of homemade tamales. Try one, their great!
2. Stow Lake Boat Rentals -50 Stow Lake Dr., Golden Gate Park
This is a must-do of San Francisco. Go to stow lake, rent a paddle boat and float around stow lake. See pretty trees, ducks, and possibly even turtles! It is worth the money. But, if your broke, a stoll around the lake is just as nice. Don't forget to pack some food and wine...mmmm
1. Dolores Park -Dolores St. Between 18th and 20th St.
Particularily on a sunny Sunday afternoon, this is the best place to hang out. Once again, another great view of the city. Its perfect for BBQs, beers, and meeting people. There are often events going on here; like parades, shows, or other more uniquely San Francisco events (like the soap box derby). Definately the party park of the city.
Well, there you go. Hope you all enjoy.