We’re pretty much loving the W right now. First they opened TRACE (read about it HERE), which has quickly become a favorite of 7x7 staffers. Today is the launch of their redesigned welcome area, including the mesmerizing Living Room Bar and Upstairs Bar. The spaces are designed by San Francisco-based interior designer and architect Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects.
If you've ever flown Virgin America out of SFO's new Terminal 2, you know that the vacation glow starts long before you touch down at your destination. Once you step onto the aircraft and settle into your luxurious leather seat, soak in the mood lighting, order handmade cocktails, food, and movies you wanted to see in theaters but never did, you can pretty much forget that you're on a plane to begin with. Treat it as a chance to watch Real Housewives in complete anonymity, or catch up on blogs by plugging into their wi-fi network. Even their bathrooms play techno music.
Right in the heart of Oakland's city center, a new development called Domain By Alta has sprung out of the concrete to provide the best of Oakland at your doorstep, from the Oakland Museum of Art, schools for kids, the attractions of Old Oakland, farmers markets, and countless eating and drinking options. Best of all? They're throwing an awesome opening party on October 13, complete with live music and complimentary food and beverages from 5-8:30 pm. Come check it out!
San Francisco resident and world-renowned DJ/producer J Boogie continues to challenge the boundaries of the music world across genres, styles, languages and borders throughout his 20-year career. This truly unique artist speaks to his listeners through a diverse musical language, integrating techniques and musical genres including downtempo, dub, hip–hop, soul, reggae, funk, African, Latin, bhangra, dancehall, disco, electro, tropical, dubstep and house. Constantly revolutionizing the game, creating new sounds, and always keeping fans on their feet, J-Boogie continues to lift music to its full potential through his distinct approach and one-of-a-kind style.
Potrero Hill is chock full of world-class design showrooms and shops; it's ground zero for the Bay Area's design enthusiasts shopping sprees and nerd out sessions. But San Francisco's long excelled in more traditional classic interior decor, so it's definitely time to welcome a new kid to the block: Arttitud, a haven for some of the world's most venerable European lines of sleek, modern home decor, accessories and art.
If you're heading up to Napa this harvest season, it'll be more obvious than ever that the artistry of the Valley is not limited to what you'll find inside a bottle. Tasting rooms are buzzing, wine is fermenting in the cellar and the Valley's restaurants are exploding with incredible bounty of local harvests...so what else could make your trip to this iconic wine & culinary region even more rewarding?
Throughout October, the Arts Council of Napa Valley presents Napa Valley ARTS '11, a valley-wide, month-long celebration of arts and culture featuring a mind-boggling number of events and activities to showcase the vibrant arts scene in Napa.
Every Tuesday this summer (in July, August and September), in partnership with our friends over at popchips (which is headquartered over on Montgomery and Clay), we'll be testing your local knowledge with SF Pop Culture Pop Quizzes from popchips. Follow and tweet to @popchips and @popchipsSF for your chance to win a...wait for it...month's supply of popchips. Your party-snack shopping for the rest of the summer? Done.
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Bay Area food luminaries will convene under the massive roof of the Ferry Building this October 2nd for CUESA's Ninth Annual Sunday Supper–an entire evening spent worshipping at the altars of farmers markets, local produce, wine and chefs.
It all starts with a reception featuring Cowgirl Creamery cheese (founders Peggy Smith and Sue Conley will be there!), Boccalone charcuterie, wine and cocktails by Alameda-based St. George Spirits. Did we mention Michael Pollan will be there?
It's no secret that the Dogpatch is one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in our dear city. Not long ago, the Dogpatch was a place people came to work–not necessarily a place to hang around, drink and eat. Now, it's the future home of Magnolia Pub's new brewery, Sutton Cellars' wine tasting venture, Michael Recchiuti's new cafe and a major revitalization of the Pier 70 area. That's not even considering all the delicious eateries and wine bars already packing the area.
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