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  • italguynj

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    May 21, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
    I am going on a business trip in late June to San Fran. I have not been there before and wanted to see if anyone had some tips for me. I welcome any feedback.

    Thanks!
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    May 21, 2010 10:02 PM GMT
    Whatever you do, you must head down to pier 39 and get yourself a clam chowder bread bowl. San Francisco makes the best bowls icon_biggrin.gif
  • delthespaz

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    May 21, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    guidojock saidI am going on a business trip in late June to San Fran. I have not been there before and wanted to see if anyone had some tips for me. I welcome any feedback.

    Thanks!


    What days of the week will you be here? Where are you staying (for nearby recommendations)?
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    May 21, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    If you're into Art, you should check out this exhibition at the deYoung...http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/..you should also check out the Academy of Sciences that sits right across from the museum in Golden Gate Park!
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    May 21, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    Yes,
    Buy "The Rough Guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area"
    Everything you want to know will be in there, including a section for Gays.
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    May 22, 2010 12:52 AM GMT
    If it's close to Pride weekend, you'll have that.
  • dfrourke

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    May 22, 2010 1:06 AM GMT
    Well, I don't know what "late June" means, but I can't believe that no one stated that SF Gay Pride is the last weekend of June. If you are around you wont be able to miss it!

    My thoughts:

    MUSEUMS & SITES

    - de Young: not only is the structure amazing, but you get to experience Golden Gate Park and an amazing collection.

    - SF MOMA: Always amazing collections both permanent and visiting.

    - Asian Art Museum & Contemporary Jewish Museum: I haven't been to either yet, but everyone I know just thought the collections were well done.

    - Legion Of Honor: The permanent collect is fine. The visiting collections are usually spectacular. The grounds make me feel like I am on Mount Olympus.

    - Palace of Fine Arts: The grounds are under construction, but it is fun to look around. Feel like I am in ancient Rome or Athens.


    FOOD: The best part of the city!
    CASTRO

    - Nirvana: cheap/good portions Burmese/California fusion
    - The Ramp: on a sunny day...best brunch and margaritas or bloody mary's.
    - HOME: cheap comfort food. Full Bar and casual atmosphere.

    OTHER:
    - Frjts: Crepes, both savory and sweet.
    - Sauce: Great dinner and try their signature dessert [fried pb&j]
    - Foreign Cinema: Pricey, but you also receive a great cooked meal along with a movie.
    - Toast: Fun little Noe Valley diner for brunch/breakfast.


    BARS

    - Blackbird: Go. Amazing crowd of gays, straights, and just fun atmosphere.
    - Trigger: Entertaining go-go boys
    - Badlands: Entertaining Video Bar.
    - Truck: A "guy" bar with great atmosphere. Easy going crowd. Fried bar food!
    - Eagle: Sunday beer bust with the "daddies"
    - Lookout: Sunday beer bust if you are more into the "jock" crowd.

  • italguynj

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    May 22, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys. I should have mentioned that I will be without a car and my hotel has yet to be identified. I will be here for work so sadly I will not have the time to do some cool adventurous things. It has to be more city or night time focused. I just hate to have to resort to bars, etc. DKfroure..thanks for the long list!!
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    May 22, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    I went there for a week without a car and i was completely fine. The public transpo out there is awesome.
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    May 22, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    TMNT saidI went there for a week without a car and i was completely fine. The public transpo out there is awesome.


    it's awesome...if you like waiting ages...travelling slowly...and paying for the privilege! (yes, I live in Bay Area)
  • Southern_Draw...

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    May 22, 2010 1:53 AM GMT
    Go to the bookstore and definitely by Frommer's San Francisco Day by Day. It was very useful in my plans to see and do as much as possible.
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    May 22, 2010 4:10 AM GMT
    Cafe Mystique in the castro.. Awesome Sangria as well!
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    May 22, 2010 6:13 AM GMT
    I always like Glide Memorial Sunday Mornings in the Tenderloin... You would definitely have a story to come home with.
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    May 22, 2010 6:55 AM GMT
    Yogi4Life saidI always like Glide Memorial Sunday Mornings in the Tenderloin... You would definitely have a story to come home with.


    Oh god, wanna meet some real SF people go to the Tenderloin.
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    May 22, 2010 8:13 AM GMT
    I always had the best time in SF. I am going for pride....just for fun..who wants to go?
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    May 22, 2010 8:17 AM GMT
    Yogi4Life saidI always like Glide Memorial Sunday Mornings in the Tenderloin... You would definitely have a story to come home with.


    like here

  • shyguysport

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    May 29, 2010 8:02 AM GMT
    Something different - try the Neptune Society Columburium. It is a repository for the urns of peoples ashes. A person, or family purchased a space to store and show the urn of a loved one. A unique thing is that there is almost always some momentos dear to the deceased that is placed in the space. For example, if somone was a Giant fan, there might be a banner in there as well as a signed ball.

    The building is neo classical in design and is built in marble. Very impressive structure.
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    May 29, 2010 8:07 AM GMT
    My tip is to bring a sturdy jacket for late June.
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    May 29, 2010 8:07 AM GMT
    put on yo best drag gear and go cruising for tricks on Pacific Heights....icon_twisted.gif
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    May 29, 2010 8:35 AM GMT
    BradySF saidMy tip is to bring a sturdy jacket for late June.


    Haha yup people have to realize not ALL CA is sunny all the time.
  • Mccrae

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    May 29, 2010 9:51 AM GMT
    i was in SF a couple of weeks ago and here are my suggestions:

    > Pier 39 to sample the best chowder @ Boudin's
    > Stinking Rose if you like garlic as everything in the menu including ice cream is made of garlic
    > Union Square if you like shopping
    > Castro which is the gay district in SF

    and don't forget to bring a jacket!
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    May 29, 2010 4:29 PM GMT
    dfrourke said...(lists and suggestions)...


    Here now, moving here in the next few months!

    Thanks for the lists!

    Here's a couple to add:

    The Grove at Yerba Buena (Good eats; cool setting; wi-fi)
    Puccini & Pinetti (Great Italian; Good Price; Busy buzz)
    Taylor Street Breakfast and Lunch (Less than 10 tables; great food; by Glide Memorial)

    The Mark Twain Hotel. (Really great rates and location)

    ZipCars (For when you need a car...but only for a few hours)