edginess is rooted in the 1970s with a migration of sexually-liberated (primarily gay) folks from the
district. The devastation of the
in San Francisco has diverted, if not lessened, the intensity of the area.
, the "neighborhood" is large, industrial, loosely-defined and best experienced with a game plan.
off 6th St. Also towards Downtown is
Biggest club in the city
1015 is the biggest club in the city and 20,000 square feet and 150,000 watts can make for a good party►
- check the schedule
Asian fusion :)
Concourse Exhibition Center
Indie convention center
The smaller, hipper sibling of the massive Moscone Center
, the Concourse Exhibition Center hosts a variety of quirky events throughout the year.
More is more!
Fear not warehouse adherents, the Church of Consumption has a bustling outpost in San Francisco's SOMA
Where the wild things are
Folsom Street Fair
Tour or Terror?
The last Sunday of September brings the world's largest S&M/leather event (with 400,000 attendees) to SOMA
, replacing the usual car traffic with a sea of skin and black-leather.
Great space - eclectic events
Operating as a club since 1977, the Glas Kat (formerly Trocadero
) provides two levels/bars, a lounge, a restaurant, an indoor smoking area, a large dance floor, and gogo dancer cages hanging from the ceiling! Hosting everything from "Mr Maracas" Salsa dancing and lessons to "Bondage A-Go-Go: San Francisco's Longest Running Fetish Dance Club" to "Thai Acoustic Pop" it's important to check the schedule.
Take a break from yourself :)
A favorite among street performers, actors, burners
, and anyone looking to be someone else for a while - Kryolan
's astounding collection of high-quality makeup and beauty products provide a huge range of colorful possibilities (including metallics and fluorescents!)
Take me to your blender
A combination diner, bar, dance club with heated outdoor patio - Mars Bar fills its own martian niche. A little ways from the main centroids of SOMA
-tic nightlife, Mars Bar can be a good place to get a late dinner and see what unfolds.
Mister S Leather
Gearing up for the erotic wilderness...
If were possible to cover the ever-expanding range of human excitations, Mr. and Mrs. S Leather in the historically
district would have it nailed to the bedframe!
A city in itself...
What Marx intended
Packing delicious organic vegetables (with samples), bulk►
grains, local products (eg, TCHO
chocolate), exotic supplements and piles of customers into a not-quite-supersized building often makes for a cozy and exciting grocery experience.
The new kids - err, brothers
- on the gourmet coffee
block in SF, Sightglass sources beans carefully and directly, roasts on sight with a vintage Probat - offers drinks in drip (including a popular iced coffee) and espresso forms. The über-modern split-level space is worth checking out as well.
Mashing locally sourced
ingredients, an easy-to-love menu - eg, truffle oil on pizza (!) - and a Burning Man
aesthetic (tent-patio in front!)... recently-opened Source breaks new ground on the SF dining scene in a food-wise sparse section of SOMA