Visiting San Francisco

  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 21, 2010 8:23 AM GMT
    I am going to be there for a volleyball tournament that will actually be in San Jose but I will be in San Francisco for a few days in February. What is there to do? Places that I must see? Let me know what you think because this is my first visit ever.
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    Jan 21, 2010 2:35 PM GMT
    There is nothing to see there.

    Except a big beautiful bridge.

    And lots of great restaurants.

    Oh, and the gay neighborhood is interesting.

    Then there's that giant body of water. And the Presidio. And Coit Tower. And the hills. And the beautiful vistas. And Sausalito across the way.

    Don't make plans. Just go in blindly and explore.
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    Jan 21, 2010 4:06 PM GMT
    Do yourself a favor and just pass by the gay scene on Castro....


    Every time I've ever been there, countless times people have been doing lines of coke or taking hits of random drugs while IN LINE to get into clubs/bars... and god knows what was going on in the shaded places.

    In my opinion, that place is so far downhill that it's the Cabrini Green of gay culture. (not sure what cabrini greens are? .. google it)
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    Jan 21, 2010 4:10 PM GMT
    kaicho saidDo yourself a favor and just pass by the gay scene on Castro....


    Every time I've ever been there, countless times people have been doing lines of coke or taking hits of random drugs while IN LINE to get into clubs/bars... and god knows what was going on in the shaded places.

    In my opinion, that place is so far downhill that it's the Cabrini Green of gay culture. (not sure what cabrini greens are? .. google it)
    Well, I'm not sure what clubs you're going to but I'm over there on occasion and don't find it any worse than any other big city. Perhaps if you're hitting the late night/all night dance clubs but if you're just hitting a bar or two in the Castro I don't think you have those issues.

    There are a ton of touristy things to do here. Just google SF and you'll see many. Might be a little wet and it will be cold (not snow like cold) because February is winter for here.
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    Jan 21, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    oh you are from Chicago...

    well maybe you should just be a rebel and drive south. Visit SD or LA... way more exciting!

    SF is... okay icon_smile.gif

    but obvi you're going to want to move to Cali. It's PERF!
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    Jan 21, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    PusiKuracBre saidoh you are from Chicago...

    well maybe you should just be a rebel and drive south. Visit SD or LA... way more exciting!

    SF is... okay icon_smile.gif

    but obvi you're going to want to move to Cali. It's PERF!


    Spent 6 years in california... been all over, and frankly... I'm not impressed with that state. Heh, it's just not my style. I don't mean to insult or anything, but it's just that everything seemed to plastic... to unreal.... too... vain... and it was the accepted norm.

    LA, SD, Santa Barbara, SLO, SF... they all have their "charms" but they all resemble the same superficial outlook on life. (and hey, i'm not claiming that chicago is any better... but something is humbling about the winter seasons)
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    Jan 21, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    kaicho said
    PusiKuracBre saidoh you are from Chicago...

    well maybe you should just be a rebel and drive south. Visit SD or LA... way more exciting!

    SF is... okay icon_smile.gif

    but obvi you're going to want to move to Cali. It's PERF!


    Spent 6 years in california... been all over, and frankly... I'm not impressed with that state. Heh, it's just not my style. I don't mean to insult or anything, but it's just that everything seemed to plastic... to unreal.... too... vain... and it was the accepted norm.

    LA, SD, Santa Barbara, SLO, SF... they all have their "charms" but they all resemble the same superficial outlook on life. (and hey, i'm not claiming that chicago is any better... but something is humbling about the winter seasons)


    oh you are from chicago too...

    yeah usually, people can't keep up with our lifestyle. its okay icon_smile.gif

    Chicago could hardly be in the same category as la or sd, so trust me, i know its not better lol
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 21, 2010 9:44 PM GMT
    I know Cabrini Green. They are fishing out dead bodies on a daily basis :-/
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    Jan 23, 2010 4:27 AM GMT
    When I was planning a trip to San Francisco last fall, I used a lot of the recommendations in this forum, they were super helpful.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/225608

    I had a great time out there. I did not visit any bars though, so I can't vouch for the ones listed.

    I checked the Castro out during the day, wasn't much going on there. If there had not been rainbow flags everywhere, I wouldn't have known it was the Castro. Nevertheless, it was still pretty cool.

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    Jan 23, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    jerzeybum said.

    Don't make plans. Just go in blindly and explore.


    For a city that is 7 sq mi x 7 sq mi, this is the BEST recommendation! I lived there for 5 years and LOVED it! Seriously, there's a lot to do and a lot to see! My ONLY recommendation, STAY AWAY FROM Fisherman's Wharf!!!! Oh yeah, DO NOT call it San Fran or Frisco, it's either San Francisco or The City.


    Most of all, have a BLAST!!!
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    Jan 23, 2010 4:39 AM GMT
    PusiKuracBre said
    kaicho said
    PusiKuracBre saidoh you are from Chicago...

    well maybe you should just be a rebel and drive south. Visit SD or LA... way more exciting!

    SF is... okay icon_smile.gif

    but obvi you're going to want to move to Cali. It's PERF!


    Spent 6 years in california... been all over, and frankly... I'm not impressed with that state. Heh, it's just not my style. I don't mean to insult or anything, but it's just that everything seemed to plastic... to unreal.... too... vain... and it was the accepted norm.

    LA, SD, Santa Barbara, SLO, SF... they all have their "charms" but they all resemble the same superficial outlook on life. (and hey, i'm not claiming that chicago is any better... but something is humbling about the winter seasons)


    oh you are from chicago too...

    yeah usually, people can't keep up with our lifestyle. its okay icon_smile.gif

    Chicago could hardly be in the same category as la or sd, so trust me, i know its not better lol


    Chicago is a great city, however to keep with Chicago's lifestyle doesn't take much and this coming form a guy who lived in NYC for 2 years, in SF for 5 and a SoCal Native.
  • sfboy987

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    Jan 26, 2010 4:16 AM GMT
    kaicho said
    PusiKuracBre saidoh you are from Chicago...

    well maybe you should just be a rebel and drive south. Visit SD or LA... way more exciting!

    SF is... okay icon_smile.gif

    but obvi you're going to want to move to Cali. It's PERF!


    Spent 6 years in california... been all over, and frankly... I'm not impressed with that state. Heh, it's just not my style. I don't mean to insult or anything, but it's just that everything seemed to plastic... to unreal.... too... vain... and it was the accepted norm.

    LA, SD, Santa Barbara, SLO, SF... they all have their "charms" but they all resemble the same superficial outlook on life. (and hey, i'm not claiming that chicago is any better... but something is humbling about the winter seasons)


    I can maybe agree see how what you are saying applies to Souther California, but since when is SF and Nor Cal in general superficial??? SF is wayyy more chilled than other places, and people are actually down to earth
  • t0theheights

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    Jan 26, 2010 4:19 AM GMT
    kaicho saidDo yourself a favor and just pass by the gay scene on Castro....


    Every time I've ever been there, countless times people have been doing lines of coke or taking hits of random drugs while IN LINE to get into clubs/bars... and god knows what was going on in the shaded places.

    In my opinion, that place is so far downhill that it's the Cabrini Green of gay culture. (not sure what cabrini greens are? .. google it)


    Um, kaicho has been hitting the wrong places... or attracting the wrong people. I have never once been asked about drugs in the Castro. It's there for people who look for it, but kaicho's perspective on the Castro is wildly off.

    Definitely check out the Castro if you have any appreciation for gay nightlife (and it's great during the day as well--lots of cute shops, bistros, and salons, and some wildly over-the-top porn shops as well). Badlands is always a safe bet any night of the week...crowded and sometimes an attractive crowd. The other places tend to be older, not attractive as often, or more "alternative" (such as 440, Moby Dick's, the Mix, and Q-bar), but being your first time you should just have fun and explore.