(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.


(Patricia Chang, courtesy of SF Eater)

Craving the vibe of the typical Barcelona's Rambla with its lively bars? Barvale is the place. But in addition to tasty tapas and artful G&Ts you'll find the sultry silhouette of a flamenco dancer setting the tone above the bar. Interior designer Hannah Collins hired Wall and Wall, a creative design studio that does custom hand-painted murals.

"We worked with a pretty limited palette since the look and feel of the space is pretty minimalistic, and finished the figure with a stencil style," says Ferran Torras, Wall and Wall's founder. (As it happens, the design team also has an office in Barcelona, so sourcing inspiration wasn't hard. // Barvale, 661 Divisadero St. (NoPa), barvalesf.com

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