San Francisco advice

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    Nov 16, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    Gonna visit san fran Dec 14-17, anyone have suggestions on a hotel to stay at thats convenient? not sure if i'm gonna stay at a hotel or with straight friends or where lol.

    also, any suggestions on places to go, things to do/see, places to eat, etc. any help is appreciated!!
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    Nov 16, 2012 3:02 AM GMT
    Convenient to what?
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    Nov 16, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    to go out and get around. i'm probably not gonna rent a car unless i really need to
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    Nov 16, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    grandslam8422 saidto go out and get around. ...


    Oh now we all know exactly where you want to be near.
    You've just narrowed the area down to 46.87 square miles!

    Try the search feature here on RJ. There are several threads on what to do in San Francisco.
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    Nov 16, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    Is this a riddle?

    It seems like you are purposely being vague and we're supposed guess what you really mean.
    You probably don't need a car, unless that's related to your riddle.
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    Nov 16, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    lol its not a riddle. i dont know where anything is in san fran. never been there
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    Nov 16, 2012 4:38 AM GMT
    Also, it's "San Francisco".
    Not "san fran".
    Not "frisco".

    You may also call her, The City.

    One of her younger residents, The Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 this past May.

    Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks Celebration from KFOG Radio 104.5/97.7 on Vimeo.



    Rumor has it that The City either accepts you, or it rejects you.
    Much depends on how you come to her.
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    Nov 16, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    Rumor has it that The City either accepts you, or it rejects you.
    Much depends on how you come to her.


    LoL, kinda sorta like asking advice in this forum.

    I think part of the problem you're having getting a simple answer to your question, grandslam8422, is we don't know what you plan to do here, thus "convenient" doesn't have a context. "Convenient," to what, exactly?

    BUT, what the locals aren't telling you is there is plenty of public transportation to most areas of the city most frequented by tourists. Unless you're staying outside the city proper (and even then it depends where), you can get to most places in a reasonable amount of time either on BART or MUNI. It will help to know where you're going and the various routes ahead of time.

    The Castro area (look on a map, where Castro crosses Market Street) is the gay "mecca" or "ghetto" depending on how you look at it. You'll find gay people everywhere in The City, though. The down town business area is great for shopping among other things. Some of the museums are in Golden Gate Park, on the other side of The City from down town. There are gay clubs and bars in several areas (not just the Castro), usually a bit on the fringes of down town.

    Downtown is where most of the hotels are. I never stay in them so I'm not qualified to suggest one. But all the major transit lines pass through down town. So getting around to most neighborhoods isn't much of a problem from there. Some of the neighborhoods are sketchier than others, though. Your comfort level in them will depend on your street smarts.

    I recommend you do some research and get a kind of "map" of the city in your mind. If you can tell us what you think you might like to do, I'm sure people can make specific recommendations.

    The whole Bay Area (I live in Berkeley, on the East side of the bay), IS sprawling, but that isn't SF. I hope you fly in on a clear night. The scope of the whole Bay Area is astounding from the air with the big black Bay right in the middle of it all. Then there is the crown jewel, The City herself. She is both elegant and tawdry. She's been a whore since the gold rush days and I say that with pride, not contempt.

    Enjoy your visit! Just don't get run over by a bicyclist! LoL, I'm not kidding.

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    Nov 16, 2012 6:03 AM GMT
    It ALL depends on ho much money you're willing to pay.
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    Nov 16, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    I recommend you go places, see things, and do things, many of which may be convenient.
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    Nov 16, 2012 6:28 AM GMT
    iguanaSF saidI recommend you go places, see things, and do things, many of which may be convenient.

    Yeah. Come to think of it you're right. Just get a room in a hotel, go stand on the street corner and smile at hunky passers by. Doesn't much matter where. You'll probably get hooked up in no time.
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    Nov 16, 2012 6:54 AM GMT
    OP, what's your price range? Plenty of good options, just depends on how much $ you want to spend.
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    Nov 16, 2012 7:26 AM GMT
    Yeah, my advice, if you want to have fun, go stay in LA icon_smile.gif

    SF is no place for young men. Unless you are looking for a $ugar daddy. Oh and it's 55 degrees all year long icon_neutral.gif

    But if you insist.. Hotel Adagio is one of my favorites. Monaco Hotel is nice too (across the street). Clift is great if you can afford it. They are all centrally located and you can get everywhere you need to go by subway or foot. Taxis are the most expensive in the country FYI
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    Nov 16, 2012 9:26 AM GMT
    Those of us who live here generally don't know from hotels, because we never have occasion to stay in them. Check out various online discount hotel sites, and if you see anything that strikes your fancy, check out the particular hotel on TripAdvisor.com. If you plan on doing a lot of whoring around in the Castro, you might want to check out Beck's Motor Lodge - right near Castro & Market . Said to be a bit of a dump, but the only convenient place to stay right in the Castro area.

    Weather - expect it to be anywhere from 40 - 60 degrees at that time. It may rain (heavily) and it may be clear and sunny.

    Things to do - what's your interests? It's not NYC, but there is a lot do see and do. Museums, bicycling, a gay nude beach (in case it suddenly gets really warm), sex clubs, professional sports teams, golden gate bridge. A botanical garden that will have blooming flowers even then. Restaurants - every imaginable cuisine except eastern european. Almost as many restaurants as NYC. Music - TONS of clubs with music that thrills the 18-35 year old tastes. Also there is serious music.

    Car - you don't heed a car unless you plan to go some distance out of the city - if so, advance reservations a must, or you will pay through the nose if there are any available.
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    Nov 16, 2012 12:05 PM GMT
    If you want to be in Gay area, check out Becks Motor Lodge, average priced. Within walking distance of most gay bars in Castro. Easy transportation downtown and all over San Francisco.
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    Nov 16, 2012 3:20 PM GMT
    HikeSwimSkiSF said
    Things to do - what's your interests? It's not NYC, but there is a lot do see and do. Museums, bicycling, a gay nude Restaurants - every imaginable cuisine except eastern european. Almost as many restaurants as NYC. Music - TONS of clubs with music that thrills the 18-35 year old tastes. Also there is serious music.



    Man I miss Old Krakow in west portal!

    I really like DNA Longe. Good music, good dance club, good mix of gay and straight young ppl. Castro is DONEEEE.
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    Nov 17, 2012 5:04 PM GMT
    thanks for the suggestions! glad it got more cordial after the first few replies lol. the price for hotel isnt a big issue, doesnt have to be really fancy, just nice, clean and comfortable lol. im probably gonna make this a relaxing trip, visit some landmarks, maybe go out one night or two. i heard the bike ride by the bridge is nice so i may do that if its nice out.

    any suggestions on good places to eat? not necessarily 5 star cuisine, cheap eats are fun to find too when they're good.

    looks like i'll need to figure out the bart/muni system though.

    appreciate the help!
  • FitGwynedd

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    Nov 17, 2012 5:06 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidAlso, it's "San Francisco".
    Not "san fran".
    Not "frisco".

    You may also call her, The City.

    One of her younger residents, The Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 this past May.

    Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks Celebration from KFOG Radio 104.5/97.7 on Vimeo.



    Rumor has it that The City either accepts you, or it rejects you.
    Much depends on how you come to her.


    Stop being a cunt and help provide some advice or just don't say anything
  • FitGwynedd

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    Nov 17, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    grandslam8422 saidthanks for the suggestions! glad it got more cordial after the first few replies lol. the price for hotel isnt a big issue, doesnt have to be really fancy, just nice, clean and comfortable lol. im probably gonna make this a relaxing trip, visit some landmarks, maybe go out one night or two. i heard the bike ride by the bridge is nice so i may do that if its nice out.

    any suggestions on good places to eat? not necessarily 5 star cuisine, cheap eats are fun to find too when they're good.

    looks like i'll need to figure out the bart/muni system though.

    appreciate the help!


    BART takes you around the bay area MUNI takes you around the city. Get a pass for MUNI for the time you will be there. Also MUNI really sucks so take your time.
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    Nov 17, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd said
    GAMRican saidAlso, it's "San Francisco".
    Not "san fran".
    Not "frisco".

    You may also call her, The City.

    One of her younger residents, The Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 this past May.

    Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks Celebration from KFOG Radio 104.5/97.7 on Vimeo.



    Rumor has it that The City either accepts you, or it rejects you.
    Much depends on how you come to her.


    Stop being a cunt and help provide some advice or just don't say anything


    +1

  • cellboy

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    Nov 17, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    LOL! What long and ongoing replies. Not sure if you're on a budget, but try Beck's near the Castro. Can get cruisy at night. Parker Guest House in Castro. B&B. If you share a bath the rooms are cheaper.
    In SOMA, Motor Lodge Civic Center. You can walk to the Powerhouse (leather bar, well sort of), Lone Star (bear bar), and Eagle (suppose to reopen, maybe by Dec??) . If you don't want a car, use public transit (Clipper Card can be used on buses, rapid transit), cabs. Have fun in our fair CITY
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    Nov 17, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
    1. Go to the Farmers Market at the Ferry Building on Saturday morning.
    2. If its nice outside, Dolores Park- the Gay Beach in the afternoon.
    3. Try and make it up to Twin Peaks (nice view) of the City/ Bay Area.
    4. Get to the bridge- its windy, so LAYER up.
    5. The Deyoung tower in Golden Gate Park is free and offers a nice view and will help you orient yourself. You can look at the living roof of the Academy of Sciences next door. See image below.
    6. Eating ethnic in the Avenues--Clement St in particular.
    7. Go out and taste a few local high quality homos.

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