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Voda: The NEWEST Addition to Belden Place
Brought to you by our favorite (former) waitstaff -- Thierry & David. Voda, which is Russian for water, is brand spanking new; it opened in mid-December, 2003. The interior is very modern and minimalist. There is a full bar, but no food on the premises. They are more than happy to get something for you from one of the adjoining restaurants, however. As you may have guessed from the name, vodka is their specialty with a HUGE assortment to choose from. They have many infused vodkas; try the fig, mint chocolate, or the bubble gum!! All vodka shots are $5.00. Welcome (and PATRONIZE) them!!
Dress Code: Wear anything you want!!
- School Holidays
- Study Abroad
Moby Dick: Good Castro crowd on Saturday nights
Moby Dick, one of the longest standing gay bars in the Castro has seen a resurgence as of late (mostly after the music changed and the plasma screens were added). You can find a good late 20s / early 30s crowd in here, from all walks of life on a Saturday night. Big windows open up to the street, and a huge fishtank is perched high above the bar area.The screens - also up above - play videos non-stop, but the music (thankfully) veers away from the usual dance divas / boy band combo most other gay bars seem to prefer into more interesting territory (on a recent night I heard Prince, Gorillaz and New Order, mixed with some newer stuff, so they tend towards the eclectic).
Towards the back and up a few steps there's a pool table (usually pretty busy, you may have to wait a while for your name to come up) and 4 pinball machines (although a bit too close for comfort to the pool table).
On other nights, the atmosphere tends to vary widely , making this a bar with a bit of a multiple personality disorder. In any case, and since it's so close to the other bars in the Castro it's always worth a stop
Dress Code: Casual
- Gay and Lesbian
Mad Dog in the Fog: Proper football
The only place in San Francisco I could find that shows English Premiership games.
We were there for the Chelsea-Newcastle game at 8am and there was a good atmosphere for that time in the morning.
$5 cover charge when there's footy on but not really worth going when there's not.
Dress Code: Pffft, joking aren't you.
the blowfish: Japanese Anime + electronic music + japanese food
very nice, ambient sushi/japanese restaurant.. this would be a great place to take someone on a date that you want to impress.
They play ambient techno music in the background, and all they have big screen tv's playing anime on them.
they really have the anime theme going for them, and the food is really, really good.
the saki isn't bad either.
Dress Code: I think its somewhat dressy... I can't remember..
- Arts and Culture
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Food and Dining
Union Street Ale House: Union Street
Found that this was an nice area for good bars and clubs. Had a few too many in the Ale House and managed to loose a darts match against some folks here. Big problem was that they were involved in marketing movies and were all off to the launch party for the film 'The Rock' with Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery. I think we might have got an invite to the party but we were so pissed we missed it.
Also this place does great Buffalo Wings (hottest I ever came across in the States)
Seems this place has now closed - what a shame.
Asia SF: "The SF Xperience"
Asia Sf is San Francisco's foremost drag show / restaurant. The waiters are all in drag and there is a constant vibrant throbbing environment to boot. The food is savory and the drinks are strong. But the lasting Impression will be your waiter.
Dress Code: No Requirement.
TraderSam's: Scorpion Bowl
This polynesian theme bar is accentuated by its island-style booths and exotic drinks. Each booth is named after an island and has a character of its own.
This is a local haunt , almost a dive what keeps it from being one are the drinks. It has a cabanaesque decor and the drinks are mainly strong fruity cocktails. They have around numerous blenders whipping up some innocuous concoctions. Try the Scorpion Bowl and the Shark's Tooth.
Dress Code: Casual
Everyone must go to the Bus...
Everyone must go to the Bus Stop on Union Street. It's an old sportbar that all the locals visit. Most people there are in their 20s but it's a great time for all ages. Great place to meet up with people and watch a game.
Dress Code: As casual as it gets.
Blue Light Cafe: Blue Light Cafe
For a great hole in the wall place to see some blues/rock/whatever check out the Blue Light. It's a very small place with stiff drinks, friendly people and great music. I have always come out of here with a buzz and a smile on my face. Look for the blue light.
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