Each week, we bring you our top picks for the best places to booze on the cheap in SF.
1. Yelp's Holiday Hangover: Instead of throwing a single crazy holiday party, Yelp has decided to spread the wealth by throwing five. (We won't tell them that the holidays are over if you won't.) Each night will feature a different theme, from Casino Night to the Seven Deadly Sins, with free Widmer beer, Skyy vodka, and wine tastings. Head over to their site to choose your poison (you only get to attend one), and try to keep the "Hangover" part as fictional as the "Holiday" one. (Sunday, January 9-Thursday, January 13, 8-10 pm, at Payne Mansion, 1409 Sutter St., Pacific Heights.)
Rainy days seem to have left SF with the holidays, and we couldn't be happier. In fact, we're already dreaming of lush Spring wardrobes and luckily, Neiman Marcus is here to help.
I’m dating a guy who has recently been making some not-too-subtle hints that I wax. He says we will both enjoy sex better. I'm naturally a bit furrier than average, and fulfilling this request would present a near constant and painful challenge. I’ve told him I’ll wax when he does. That seems fair to me, but he's not taking my response seriously.
We've been waiting on Contraband Coffeebar so long it was starting to feel like Christmas. And in fact, after finally resolving permitting issues, the Larkin Street café opened its doors on Christmas Eve. It was an early present to the neighborhood. Despite being a longstanding bustling retail corridor, Polk Gulch has never had a destination coffee spot. Hell, there hasn't even been a relatively good coffee shop in the area. But Contraband changes that. It serves great coffees in a pleasant setting. In short, it was worth the wait.
The holidays have a way leaving little to be desired of stiff skinny jeans, which you may have already traded in for jeggings that stretch for expanding wastelines. Before you bid your denim adieu to Goodwill, learn how to upcycle old jeans into necklaces while you get a taste of jams and spreads from Stephanie Bushnell of Sweets La Petite at Etsy Lab's Craft Bar, Thursday, January 6, 6-9 p.m. Food and workshops take place at Museum of Craft and Folk, at 51 Yerba Buena Lane. Free with $5 admission to the museum.
While the road-snack offerings on the way to Tahoe are some of the best around (Ikeda's and In-n-Out, I'm looking at you), sometimes the whole traffic, ice, and chains situation tips the scales into the "not worth it" zone. Such was the case over New Years, which is why I opted to venture up there by train.
Telegraph Hill is covered with quirky shingle houses and beautiful gardens. Because it was inaccessible, it's where the poor, the artistic, the writers, lived. Not any more.
Warning to anyone with a style obsession and a Facebook account: there’s a new way to totally lose track of the next 45 minutes (or more) of your life. What’s more, it allows you to vie for international fashion domination (mwha-hah-ha) without spending a thing (at least at first). It’s Fashionista FaceOff, a new social game featuring local fashion celebs such as fashion show producer Charleston Pierce and stylist Keylee Sanders as judges.
If you ever yell “THE BUTLER DID IT!” (with or without brandished candlestick) when your roommate asks about the suspicious red (wine) stain on her new yellow carpet, this is the show for you. Wadsworth, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard and Mrs. Peacock are pressed into service at Hill House once again to solve the murder of poor (and oft-done away with) Mr. Boddy. Complete with blackmail, thickly spread lies, and weapons being passed around like canapes, this delightfully meta theatrical version of Clue is adapted from the movie, which was adapted from the game.
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