Carly S.

Carly S.

San Francisco, California

Recent Activities

Apr 6, 2013
Review
Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park
Apr 6, 2013
Apr 4, 2013
Review
Beer Garden / Dive Bar
Apr 4, 2013
Apr 4, 2013
Review
Dive Bar
Apr 4, 2013

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  • Golden Gate Park

    San Francisco
    Culture / Outdoor Activity / Park
    Golden Gate Park - Culture | Outdoor Activity | Park in San Francisco.
    Apr 6, 2013 Skatin' Place: The Essence of SF Culture "Though there are some fifty plus community parks in the city, Golden Gate Park still wins the title of The Park. Every Sunday people flock to take advantage of the park's carless streets, as it is open for pedestrian use only until dusk. On this day you can find one of my favorite happenings in the world: the skate circle at the intersection of Fulton Street and Sixth Avenue, fondly known as the Skatin’ Place to its cult followers. Its founder, better known as The Godfather of Skating, rolls in every Sunday dressed in a funky getup (which infallibly includes furry legwarmers) pushing a baby stroller with a boom box queued up with R&B and funk beats. On a sunny day the place teems with roller skaters and people-watchers alike, all present to share a uniquely San Francisco experience. Each uberly talented skater is a character, a different persona: the showy gray-haired man who pulls impressive tricks then gestures “#1” to the crowd as he smoothly rounds the corner; the 30-something woman whose effortless dancing and bright fedora suggest she’s a hip hop instructor; the lively elderly woman teaching dance steps to her younger counterparts. But it get's better: you, too, can rent skates and safety equipment across the street for $5/hour if you want to get down and dirty with the skaters. The tangible sense of community and eccentricity at the Skatin’ Place is, to me, the essence of San Francisco culture. It's an absolute must-see." hide
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  • Zeitgeist

    San Francisco
    Beer Garden / Dive Bar
    Zeitgeist - Beer Garden | Dive Bar in San Francisco.
    Apr 4, 2013 Beer Lovers' Eden "Okay, now this is one of my all-time favorite hangout spots in the city, not only for their immense beer selection (almost 50 on tap!), happy hour and award-winning Bloody Marys but also for their amazing beer garden…or Bloody Mary garden, depending how you look at it. If it’s too cold, sure, sit inside, but I recommend bundling up so you can relish in the experience that awaits you outdoors. Their backyard is filled with about 20 large picnic benches where young folks flock for beer and camaraderie. It’s the perfect spot to grab a drink before catching a show at Brick & Mortar Music Hall or just during a fun night out in the Mission. The casual atmosphere is fit for large crowds, also—especially ones that dig heavy metal. No, people, it ain’t your grandma’s soundtrack but non-metalheads need not fear cause the conversation and people-watching are sure to drown out the head banging music in the background. They even have a food menu; short though it may be, what better to accompany that beer in your belly than burgers, grilled cheese and sausages? You’re sure to make new friends, too, since everyone sits together at picnic benches. That being said, it’s a great spot for those flying solo, so cuddle up next to some soon-to-friends and mark this as a San Francisco must-see." hide
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  • Toronado

    San Francisco
    Dive Bar
    Toronado - Dive Bar in San Francisco.
    Apr 4, 2013 Lower Haight's staple for beer, beer and more beer. "Do you love beer--like, lots of lots of different kinds of beer, so many that you just turn to the bartender and say, "surprise me"? Well if that's your thing, head on over to Toronado, Lower Haight's hoppiest dive bar. The menu is organized by brewerie--a nice touch for anyone who wants to take a "Gambrinian" tour of the West Coast without leaving San Francisco (cause who wants to do that?) A dutch door opens to reveal walls colored with deer antlers and bumper stickers, a grungy contrast to its clean blue facade outdoors. Tall wooden tables with bar stools line the left wall, directly across from a long bar. Those who prefer sitting lower to the ground, though, can visit the back section of the room. The best part about Toronado? They allow guests to bring food from next door's delicious sausage joint, Rosamunde. But make sure you know what kind of beer you're craving (and that you have cash--no cards accepted here), cause by the time you're done looking over the selection your 'dog might get cold. Average pricing for beer in SF (about $5/pint) but visit for happy hour and get $1 off. Definitely one of Lower Haight's coolest spots." hide
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