Food and Drink
Jack London Square is an 8-minute drive from the venue, and has a variety of restaurants and shops, as well as a year-round farmer's market from 9AM-2PM every Sunday. The restaurants are mostly on the pricey side, though they do have a Subway and a cafe.
Late Night/Mexican/Food Stand
The 400 Club is a cheap dive bar within a few blocks of Just Dance.
At Jack London Square, a short drive away, you'll find Beer Revolution, a local mecca for beer connoisseurs. With a wide variety of imports and microbrews, forty craft brews on tap, and reasonable prices, it's worth a trip.
About a half-mile south of the venue, across the short bridge into Alameda, there is a cluster of bars and restaurants:
- Lemon Tree and the Lost Weekend Lounge are two dive bars within a block and a half, with cheap drinks and ironic hipsters.
- McGee's Bar and Grill offers up a solid beer selection as well as reasonably-priced burgers, fried chicken, and classic sports-bar fare. Menu here.
If you make it into San Francisco for a few hours, the city has a few famous libation houses:
- Toronado, in the Lower Haight, has a wide selection of hard-to-find belgian and CA brews.
- City Beer Store, a short distance from the freeway, offers craft bottled beers for takeout or consumption in-house, as well as one or two select brews on tap.
Less famous, but also really fun is:
- Blue Light Cafe, 1979 Union St. San Francisco, CA, Taco Tuesdays, Best Margaritas ever and a pool table...it's just chill.
Stuff to Do
Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 are popular destinations for SF visitors, but most locals find them overpriced, touristy, and kitsch. Instead, we recommend checking out:
- The Ferry Building: weekend farmers market, artisan shops, ferry cruises across the bay. Cost: $-$$$, depending on what you do.
- Union Square: The closest thing to a San Francisco central shopping square. High-end shops, bordered by delicious ethnic restaurants. Next to Chinatown and Nob Hill. Cost: $-$$$
- Chinatown: Bustling crowds, hundreds of odd little shops, tasty szechuan and cantonese cuisine. Cost: $
- The Castro/Dolores Park: The world's most famous gay district, the Castro features shopping, dining, and people-watching. If the weather is nice, head a few blocks south to Dolores Park, with grassy hillsides, frisbees flying, and occasional performances on the lawn. Don't forget to hit Bi-Rite Creamery for the best ice cream in the city! Cost: $-$$
- Golden Gate Park is a source of pride for SF folks. Rent bicycles and ride to the beach and back, check out the recently renovated Academy of Sciences Museum or the De Young Art Museum, or just find a sunny patch of grass and take a nap. Cost: Free to cheap.
- Just north of the park, the Haight-Ashbury is a famous neighborhood that was once home to Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and other famous icons of the 60's and 70's. Cost: Free to cheap.