Fun places in San francisco?

I've been a couple times, and visited the main tourist attractions. Looking for something off the beaten path. restaurants, bars, clubs, live music, cool stuff not listed in frommers. What am I missing out on?

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  • SFdude
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    - Some of the best bar-hopping experiences in the city are in the Tenderloin. If you have been to San Francisco before, then you have probably been told by your guidebook, hotel, or even local residents to steer clear of this neighborhood. This is normally good advice because of the safety concerns. But it also means you are missing out on some great nightlife. If you are street savvy or traveling with a large group, simply walking down Geary Street from Union Square to Polk Street is a sort of global "grand tour" of bars.

    - If you like tiki style bars such as the Tonga Room, there are several less touristy alternatives in the city. Try Smuggler's Cove at Gough and McAllister Street (near the Opera House).

    - As unlikely as it might seem to tourists visiting the Japantown mall in the morning, the area actually comes alive at night. Aside from the karaoke bars, there are several major live music venues are within walking distance of the mall's parking lot. Among these are Yoshi's Jazz Club; the Boom Boom Room; the Fillmore Auditorium; and Rasselas.

    - Tourists never, ever go to Glen Canyon Park (next to the BART station of the same name). It is the only place in San Francisco for outdoor rock climbing. If you have been to the Southwest or even Southern California, this park is definitely nothing to write home about. But it is a very pleasant, peaceful retreat right in the middle of the city.

    - Stern Grove (Buses 23, 28 and MUNI K, M) is a natural amphitheater in the southwestern corner of the city. It hosts a wonderful series of concerts from June to August every year. The rest of the year it is a nice park with lots of stone seats, trees, and ponds.

    - If you haven't been to the Marin Headlands (Bus 76), Presidio (Buses 29, 43), Lincoln Park (Bus 18), or Angel Island (Ferry), those are all great areas for hiking. And they are easily accessible using public transportation.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    San Francisco is endless in terms of places to visit and things to do. try to visit the Union Square where many of the fine hotels and theaters are located. Try also the San Francisco Opera House, the SoMa district, the Financial District, and the twists and turns of Lombard Street. Two of the best-known tourist destinations in San Francisco are Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf.

  • 9 years ago

    When are you visiting? Some of the coolest/most-fun things in SF are events.

    Otherwise, my top votes are :)

    Food/restaurant: Off the Grid is a marketplace of street food carts - some of which are very good (and popular) =>

    Bars: Bourbon & Branch is an old-style speakeasy with a secret passageways, great drinks and a password to get in ( It's not a quite a bar, but the Anchor Steam Brewery Tour is really cool =>

    Performances: The Marsh Theater ( hosts some amazing solo performances in the Mission.

    Clubbing: Public Works just celebrated its one-year anniversary ( and depending on your taste and/or the night the DNA Lounge is a reliably good venue =>

    Live Music: It's hard to know without your taste and schedule, but the Elbo Room ( is often good and the Hotel Utah ( for bigger places, the Fillmore ( is legendary, if that's not too "beaten path" :)

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