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Partying in San Francisco: The Alternative View of the City's Social Scene

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Screaming fans at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.

Screaming fans at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.

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Jun 11, 2012 —  Birthplace of the beats, the hippies, Burning Man, gay rights, and probably vegan burritos, San Francisco is just as crazy wonderful as always.

People here love to get together, whether it’s to protest or just to enjoy the fleeting sunshine. Love of music drives huge crowds to the expansive groves of Golden Gate Park for outdoor festivals like Outside Lands, or to world-class concert venues like the Great American Music Hall. Smaller independent powerhouses such as Bottom of the Hill, make it easy to catch the next up-and-coming act, while eclectic used record shops that actually sell records are never far away.

The Mission is awash in diverse mixology spots and unique gastropubs, historical notions of free love and free expression still live on in The Haight, and even in tourist-riddled North Beach it’s easy to find a first-rate cocktail devoid of any pretense.

A temperate climate means you can find peace among the redwoods in Marin just across the Golden Gate Bridge, although a raging bonfire on Ocean Beach is just as great, and even closer.

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