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#1 Posted on 23.4.03 1251.41
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My wife and I are flying up to SF this weekend for the Underworld show. We don't usually get a lot of time off work so we thought we'd make a mini-vacation out of it. We'll probably do all the standard tourist-trap type places, but I was wondering if there are any Bay Area wieners that could offer some ideas for fun stuff to do in our limited time.

Specific things I need help with:

-Good restaurants
-Restaurants or activities that are open late Friday night. (We arrive around 9:30pm)
-The best ways to enjoy the city on foot (no rental car)

I've checked out the visitors bureau site and a few others, but most of the info was too generic. If any of you can help out with any first-hand advice we would really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!
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#2 Posted on 23.4.03 1515.35
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    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
    My wife and I are flying up to SF this weekend for the Underworld show. We don't usually get a lot of time off work so we thought we'd make a mini-vacation out of it. We'll probably do all the standard tourist-trap type places, but I was wondering if there are any Bay Area wieners that could offer some ideas for fun stuff to do in our limited time


Gosh, I am waiting too. I lived there back in the 70s, but haven't been back since. I remember riding the cable cars and the busses and getting anywhere I wanted. The good eating spots back in the day were on Union west of Van Ness. There was an absolutely awesome pie and cofee place there (in those magic days before a Starbucks on every corner). Good little clubs in there too.

Get to the Fine Arts center. It's very cool and you can go there down to Ft. point. There are almost always surfers there surfing a really small part of the bay between the GG bridge and the fort - plus the fort is kinda cool too.

I also liked seal point over by the great beach. The food at the place there was just OK, the atmosphere was wonderful.
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#3 Posted on 24.4.03 0135.26
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I used to live out there, and I still visit family there pretty often. I'm always a big fan of North Beach Pizza; sure, it's kinda touristy and "predictable" for the residents, but it's still good stuff. And, if you like baseball, see if you can catch a home game at 3Com. The place is gorgeous.

Zed can probably help you out more on transportation and stuff. The last time I was there, I got around quite comfortably on the Muni (is that the right name, or am I confusing it with something?)

Golden Gate Park is always pretty; go have tea in the Japanese Tea Gardens and wander around for a bit.

Also, DRESS WARM and LAYER your clothing. San Francisco has the most annoyingly fickle weather, going from pleasant to awful in the bat of an eye. You can always tie a sweatshirt around your waist, but needing one and not having one will make your day miserable. Seriously. Layer.
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#4 Posted on 24.4.03 0211.49
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The dim sum at Yank Sing is perfection. No trip to the Bay area is complete without a visit.

They have 2 locations:

49 Stevenson Street
415-541-4949

101 Spear Street
415-957-9300

M-F 11:00 am-3:00 pm
Sat-Sun 10:00 am-4:00 pm
www.yanksing.com

Pearl's is a great jazz club that's open late and features San Francisco's best musicians (Bruce Forman is a world class jazz guitarist).

Jazz at Pearl's
256 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
Mon-Sat Door Opens 8:30pm-2:00am
(415) 291-8255
http://jazzatpearls.citysearch.com/1.html

Another great jazz club, is Yoshi's in Oakland (if you're going over there). They feature top national talent like Abbey Lincoln and Wynton Marsalis.
Yoshi's
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 238-9200
www.yoshis.com




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#5 Posted on 24.4.03 0314.06
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    Originally posted by Jeb Tennyson Lund
    And, if you like baseball, see if you can catch a home game at 3Com.
Pac Bell Park.

Not much to add. Busses rule - I hardly ever take MUNI because it always seems like between BART and the bus, I get everywhere I need to go (I usually take BART from Fremont into SF - I'd never take my car if I could get away with it - Caltrain's nice but they're not running on the weekends while they "upgrade"). Best touristy thing is probably hitting the Embarcadero - Pier 39 is a little TOO touristy, but if you head towards the Pier 1 end there's a few nice piers that are more for walking way out, sitting on a bench and feeling old. But hey, it's free, and even if it's the same ocean as down south, it sure FEELS different.

Me, I'm more into shopping up and down Haight (again, take the bus) but you might not be, although there's a diverse array of places to eat on Haight as well. The Virgin Megastore is a nice way to kill an hour or so...it's at 4th and Market. Or you could head to the Castro and look at the giant rainbow flag (warning: there may be GAY PEOPLE there!) - there are decent diners all over the place if you're not picky about the fact that it's diner food. (Obviously, I'm not ;-) )

The concert's at the Fillmore, ja? (looks it up) Wow, Underworld, Primal Scream, Dirty Vegas AND FC/Kahuna - I wish I wasn't working that night! (Almost - $35?!? OUTRAGEOUS) Looks like if you're in a night early, you could go see Fischerspooner at the same venue...although if you're coming in at 9:30 you might be cutting it.

Lastly, Saturday is the Sunnyvale City-wide Garage Sale! This won't be of any interest to you, but I'M getting up early.

Oh yeah, rain forecasted alllllllll weekend. YAY
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#6 Posted on 24.4.03 0730.51
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    Originally posted by CRZLastly, Saturday is the Sunnyvale City-wide Garage Sale! This won't be of any interest to you, but I'M getting up early.

    Oh yeah, rain forecasted alllllllll weekend. YAY



Okay, you're saying that your ENTIRE town is having a garage sale? Can you hit every stop in just one day!?!
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#7 Posted on 24.4.03 0830.33
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    Originally posted by pieman
    Okay, you're saying that your ENTIRE town is having a garage sale? Can you hit every stop in just one day!?!
No, you just have to know which neighborhoods to hit. ;-) It's even worse this year; we only get one day instead of a weekend.

Click Here (ci.sunnyvale.ca.us)

(Technically, I'm not living in Sunnyvale anymore, but I've been assured that my money's still good.)

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#8 Posted on 24.4.03 1039.59
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    The concert's at the Fillmore, ja? (looks it up) Wow, Underworld, Primal Scream, Dirty Vegas AND FC/Kahuna - I wish I wasn't working that night! (Almost - $35?!? OUTRAGEOUS) Looks like if you're in a night early, you could go see Fischerspooner at the same venue...although if you're coming in at 9:30 you might be cutting it.

It was originally scheduled for the Bill Graham, but it just changed. Thankfully I got a nice automated call from Ticketmaster making me aware of the change. For once a convenience charge actually paid for a convenience. And I just checked, Fischerspooner is sold out. Crap!

Seriously though, thanks so much for all the help everyone. Dim sum was already on our list; now we have a good place to go. Haight's a place we're definitely headed as well. The Virgin Megastore's at 4th and Market? That's like right next to our hotel! Is there anything to differentiate it from VMs down here? And the wife an I have been in the "sitting on a bench and feeling old" mood lately, so it'll be really nice to do it with a change in scenery.

Oh, and CRZ, trust me...if we could find a way to squeeze in the Sunnyvale Garage Sale we would SO be there.

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#9 Posted on 24.4.03 1059.49
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I happen to be an expert on San Fransisco tourist attractions. My last vacation there was two years ago without a car and it was great.

Where are you staying? Downtown in the city or near the Fishermans Warf?

Stuff to do:

Downtown San Fransisco Mall, Giant Sony Store, Giant Sony Movie Theater.

Baseball No Home Game for Giants, but the As play Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday at 1PM. Stadium is right off the Bart stop and easy to get tickets to.

Bus Tour to Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge, crooked streets, etc.

Boat Trip to Alcatraz 2.5 hours
Boat Trip to Muir Woods near Salsalito half day
Boat Trip to Wine Country (if you are into wine tasting) whole day

Subway - Bart Ride to Berkeley check out all the hippies on campus, lots of walking involved.

Lots of Good Restaurants, very good Chinese food, great seafood by Fishermans Warf.

e-mail me for more info: skorpio17 at aol dot com.


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#10 Posted on 28.4.03 1342.02
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A quick, yet big thank you to everyone who offered up suggestions for SF. We had a lot of fun and only wish we had more than two days to spend up there.

Some faves:

-NIckBockwinkelFan, Yank Sing is quite awesome. Good thing we got full fast or we would have been broke for the rest of the weekend.

-CRZ, you were right. I never knew how peaceful and fun it is to just sit on Pier 7 and watch people fish.

-Public transportation is simply amazing. Why can't L.A. get it right? The maps, the easy accessibility, the reasonable fares...all great! Cable cars were too busy to ride this trip, though.

-The weather stayed nice! No rain until we were headed for the airport.

-Oh, and the reason we went up there...Underworld was awesome. Could have done without Primal Scream, though.

OK, that's it. Huge thanks, again.
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