(Patricia Chang, courtesy of @juniorbarsf)

Side of Art: 10 Bay Area Bars + Restaurants Serving Creativity on the Walls

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In a place where hot new restaurants and bars are, let's be real, a dime a dozen, design-savvy entrepreneurs are looking to art to help distinguish their brands from the pack.

But we aren't talking about nice little painting in frames. Nope, murals, and even graffiti, are making big statements inside the buzziest restaurants of San Francisco and Oakland. From feminine florals to testosterone-driven hunting scenes to playful street art–inspired works, check out 10 local eateries winning at the art game.


(Courtesy of Emporium)

SF muralist Lauren Asta painted the lobby of the new Emporium Arcade Bar with an appropriate scene: a playful mess of characters drinking, laughing and having fun. This is Asta's signature style, a way of keeping her sense of humor about the human experience. She completed the project in just two-and-a-half days, but the wall is incredibly all hand-painted. The work combines her skills as an illustrator, doodler and graffiti artist, and is the just-right backdrop for playing pinball and pool. The Emporium actually houses works by a number of interesting artists including another local, fnnch. // Emporium Arcade Bar, 616 Divisadero St. (NoPa), emporiumsf.com

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