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  • 01
    Because you know that one time you tried to visit Alacatraz, there were like a million lame people there, it took all day, and you had to basically beg Sean Connery to stick around and help you disarm all of the missles, drive on over to Subpar Mini Golf in Alameda instead: an indoor warehouse course that used to be a costume store and now features walls mural'd with scenes from all over the Yay Area (including The Rock). Alongside an arcade boasting not just Rush 2049, but also The Simpsons, this course has 18 holes, all set up to look like too many iconic NorCal spots to describe here, so we made a handy course guide for you to follow around the mini-Bay, which luckily for you (and your fellow golfers) involves no water traps.

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      Because you know that one time you tried to visit Alacatraz, there were like a million lame people there, it took all day, and you had to basically beg Sean Connery to stick around and help you disarm all of the missles, drive on over to Subpar Mini Golf in Alameda instead: an indoor warehouse course that used to be a costume store and now features walls mural'd with scenes from all over the Yay Area (including The Rock). Alongside an arcade boasting not just Rush 2049, but also The Simpsons, this course has 18 holes, all set up to look like too many iconic NorCal spots to describe here, so we made a handy course guide for you to follow around the mini-Bay, which luckily for you (and your fellow golfers) involves no water traps.

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  • 02
    For all those times you've wanted to sit outside for lunch but couldn't think of the nearest giant restaurant with enough outdoor seating to make up a whole other restaurant, you're gonna want to turn back from the Ferry Building and get to Rosa Mexicano.

    This gargantuan, pan-Mexican must-visit boasts 170 main dining seats plus 60 patio, a curtain-off-able back room for private events, a water wall with models of Acapulcan cliff divers, and columns covered with Mexican red roof tiles, which they're gonna have to spray to keep off all the fiddlers. Be sure to order extra chips for tableside-made guac and Mexican-style fondue (with add-ins like 4505 chorizo, poblano peppers, and pork belly chicharrones), but also save room for tequila-braised short ribs, and crazy tacos like a diver scallop pork belly (w/ spicy orange-habanero salsa), and duck confit with roasted pear and chile salsa, or what you likely dipped your chip in if you ever went to a TLC Super Bowl party

    In the 60-seat bar and lounge area, they have over 40 tequilas and cocktails that go well with Mexican cuisine (including a chocolate tequila Old Fashioned and margarita slushies), plus 12 beers, and a happy hour from 4-7p on weekdays with half-off drinks, perfect for all those times you didn't want to pay full-price for your drinks.
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      For all those times you've wanted to sit outside for lunch but couldn't think of the nearest giant restaurant with enough outdoor seating to make up a whole other restaurant, you're gonna want to turn back from the Ferry Building and get to Rosa Mexicano.

      This gargantuan, pan-Mexican must-visit boasts 170 main dining seats plus 60 patio, a curtain-off-able back room for private events, a water wall with models of Acapulcan cliff divers, and columns covered with Mexican red roof tiles, which they're gonna have to spray to keep off all the fiddlers. Be sure to order extra chips for tableside-made guac and Mexican-style fondue (with add-ins like 4505 chorizo, poblano peppers, and pork belly chicharrones), but also save room for tequila-braised short ribs, and crazy tacos like a diver scallop pork belly (w/ spicy orange-habanero salsa), and duck confit with roasted pear and chile salsa, or what you likely dipped your chip in if you ever went to a TLC Super Bowl party

      In the 60-seat bar and lounge area, they have over 40 tequilas and cocktails that go well with Mexican cuisine (including a chocolate tequila Old Fashioned and margarita slushies), plus 12 beers, and a happy hour from 4-7p on weekdays with half-off drinks, perfect for all those times you didn't want to pay full-price for your drinks.
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  • 03
    If you want to go camping but can't because you, er, your girlfriend... yeah, your girlfriend totally hates sleeping on the ground, and dealing with the cold, and ewwww centipedes, you're gonna want to take advantage of Fernwood Resort's Adventure Tents

    For just $100 a night, these off-the-ground Big Sur pitchables each come with a queen-sized bed, indoor wood-burning fireplace, and daily changed linens and towels (!). Plus, booking one'll get you access to Resort events like live music Saturdays, and an onsite tavern with weekly pub trivia where the winner gets an unlimited-refill mason jar of beer and a seriously increased willingness to sleep on the ground.
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      If you want to go camping but can't because you, er, your girlfriend... yeah, your girlfriend totally hates sleeping on the ground, and dealing with the cold, and ewwww centipedes, you're gonna want to take advantage of Fernwood Resort's Adventure Tents

      For just $100 a night, these off-the-ground Big Sur pitchables each come with a queen-sized bed, indoor wood-burning fireplace, and daily changed linens and towels (!). Plus, booking one'll get you access to Resort events like live music Saturdays, and an onsite tavern with weekly pub trivia where the winner gets an unlimited-refill mason jar of beer and a seriously increased willingness to sleep on the ground.
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  • 04
    Since you're tired of hearing about all the cool places open for lunch in the Mish when no one actually works there, hold on to your tired-of-microwavable-TJ's-burritos' hat and grab an amazing sando at Parlor 1255 in Levi's Plaza. With a kitchen helmed by a CIA grad who sous chef-ed at Bungalow 44, this lunchery's truly a family affair: the 12-seats-and-a-wooden-couch-equipped outdoor patio was furnished by the mom, while the glass-enclosed, seatless interior was built by the dad, and includes rusted pulleys holding up menu boards and a reclaimed wood wall that uses lumber from an Oregon barn whose shippers presumably didn't get stuck fording the river. The sandwiches. Are. Awesome. There's a meat-heavy signature 1255 Italian (mortadella, copa, prosciutto Di Parma, mozz, cippolini agrodolce, whole grain mustard), the Parlor Pork Belly w/ cucumber kimchee & 4505 chicharrones, and the Lobster Roll with celery, lemon aioli, and the claws, knuckles, and tails, which'll likely just regenerate next to Sonic after you're finished. The breakfast sandwiches? Also awesome. They make their own bacon for a scrambled egg and gruyere joint, plus there's the fried egg-topped 4505 Maple Sausage Sando, which totally beats stealing another frozen meal from Bev in Accounting.
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      Since you're tired of hearing about all the cool places open for lunch in the Mish when no one actually works there, hold on to your tired-of-microwavable-TJ's-burritos' hat and grab an amazing sando at Parlor 1255 in Levi's Plaza. With a kitchen helmed by a CIA grad who sous chef-ed at Bungalow 44, this lunchery's truly a family affair: the 12-seats-and-a-wooden-couch-equipped outdoor patio was furnished by the mom, while the glass-enclosed, seatless interior was built by the dad, and includes rusted pulleys holding up menu boards and a reclaimed wood wall that uses lumber from an Oregon barn whose shippers presumably didn't get stuck fording the river. The sandwiches. Are. Awesome. There's a meat-heavy signature 1255 Italian (mortadella, copa, prosciutto Di Parma, mozz, cippolini agrodolce, whole grain mustard), the Parlor Pork Belly w/ cucumber kimchee & 4505 chicharrones, and the Lobster Roll with celery, lemon aioli, and the claws, knuckles, and tails, which'll likely just regenerate next to Sonic after you're finished. The breakfast sandwiches? Also awesome. They make their own bacon for a scrambled egg and gruyere joint, plus there's the fried egg-topped 4505 Maple Sausage Sando, which totally beats stealing another frozen meal from Bev in Accounting.
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  • 05
    Even if you didn't go to Berkeley, all SF natives can agree on one important thing: LA sucks. To that end you're gonna want to watch this sweet video (from the dude behind the Whole Foods Parking Lot video) hating on our less-cool Southern neighbor for their super lame palm trees, better weather, actually warm beaches, gorgeous people, and... damn it.
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      Even if you didn't go to Berkeley, all SF natives can agree on one important thing: LA sucks. To that end you're gonna want to watch this sweet video (from the dude behind the Whole Foods Parking Lot video) hating on our less-cool Southern neighbor for their super lame palm trees, better weather, actually warm beaches, gorgeous people, and... damn it.
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  • 06
    Not just the part of you that's gonna be extremely satisfied after going here, Belli is also the name of the Boot eatery right next to Comal in Berkeley: a 50-seater designed by the chef's brother and featuring tons of salvaged wood, from tables crafted out of 60yr-old bleachers, to wainscoting made out of Ohio barn lumber

    The menu's pretty much exclusively Northern Italian, with starters like honey chile-soaked grilled eggplant, and a cheese & salami plate with a Kentucky ham that's similar to speck, but the grandest portion is dedicated to everyone's childhood favorite: Earthworm Jim pogs! No, wait... raviolis! Awesome noodle pillows include a squid ink number filled with prawns, Parm & gorgonzola; a belly and arugula-stuffer in a pork reduction sauce; and a duck-packed job with figs, gorgonzola, and shallots

    Their wood-topped, five-stool bar doesn't have a ton of room, nor a ton of booze: there're just two brews on tap (Trumer Pilsner, Prohibition Ale) and a small, all-Italian wine list consisting of three whites and four reds -- have too many and you may wanna have the guys at the bleacher tables keep a Buckeye on you.
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      Not just the part of you that's gonna be extremely satisfied after going here, Belli is also the name of the Boot eatery right next to Comal in Berkeley: a 50-seater designed by the chef's brother and featuring tons of salvaged wood, from tables crafted out of 60yr-old bleachers, to wainscoting made out of Ohio barn lumber

      The menu's pretty much exclusively Northern Italian, with starters like honey chile-soaked grilled eggplant, and a cheese & salami plate with a Kentucky ham that's similar to speck, but the grandest portion is dedicated to everyone's childhood favorite: Earthworm Jim pogs! No, wait... raviolis! Awesome noodle pillows include a squid ink number filled with prawns, Parm & gorgonzola; a belly and arugula-stuffer in a pork reduction sauce; and a duck-packed job with figs, gorgonzola, and shallots

      Their wood-topped, five-stool bar doesn't have a ton of room, nor a ton of booze: there're just two brews on tap (Trumer Pilsner, Prohibition Ale) and a small, all-Italian wine list consisting of three whites and four reds -- have too many and you may wanna have the guys at the bleacher tables keep a Buckeye on you.
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  • 07
    Before you Don (a) Flamenco outfit, you might want to consider some plans other than Disco, Kid, because there's a brand new bar in town where you're gonna want to do a Little Mac-ing (and drinking), and it's called Soda Popinski's

    From the dudes who brought you Tonic, Bullitt, Mayhem, and Lightning Tavern comes a fresh-faced Nob Hill drinkery sporting a 14-leather-backed-stool bar, hunting trophies (including a black bear shot by one of the owners' grandpas), and a comfy lounge area with a giant flatscreen hooked up to an operational NES system. And in case you didn't just come to play video games in public, but instead to play drinking games to video games in public, Popinski's has got four draft beers (Guinness, Racer 5, Scrimshaw Pilsner, Franziskaner Weissbier), plus not one, not two, but three liquors on tap, namely, Fernet, Bulleit, and a Canadian cinnamon liqueur called Fireball, which works great in everything except desert levels with those moving cactus baddies

    If you want something a little more sophisticated, their slightly Russian-themed cocktail list includes boots of Moscow Mules and a double vodka neat, aptly named the Vodka Drunkenski, which was actually Soda's original name in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out before it was edited for being too racist. You know, unlike the Italian boxer Pizza Pasta.
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      Before you Don (a) Flamenco outfit, you might want to consider some plans other than Disco, Kid, because there's a brand new bar in town where you're gonna want to do a Little Mac-ing (and drinking), and it's called Soda Popinski's

      From the dudes who brought you Tonic, Bullitt, Mayhem, and Lightning Tavern comes a fresh-faced Nob Hill drinkery sporting a 14-leather-backed-stool bar, hunting trophies (including a black bear shot by one of the owners' grandpas), and a comfy lounge area with a giant flatscreen hooked up to an operational NES system. And in case you didn't just come to play video games in public, but instead to play drinking games to video games in public, Popinski's has got four draft beers (Guinness, Racer 5, Scrimshaw Pilsner, Franziskaner Weissbier), plus not one, not two, but three liquors on tap, namely, Fernet, Bulleit, and a Canadian cinnamon liqueur called Fireball, which works great in everything except desert levels with those moving cactus baddies

      If you want something a little more sophisticated, their slightly Russian-themed cocktail list includes boots of Moscow Mules and a double vodka neat, aptly named the Vodka Drunkenski, which was actually Soda's original name in Mike Tyson's Punch-Out before it was edited for being too racist. You know, unlike the Italian boxer Pizza Pasta.
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  • 08
    Not just where God hangs out after a busy week of answering prayers for your sports team, Eden Lounge is also where you're about to start going, mostly because it's a hidden upstairs bar inside Park Tavern. Set above the main restaurant and armed with soundproofed ceilings so you can't hear the downstairs Brussels sprouts chips-eating, Eden can fit a select 45 drinkers in an about-as-large-as-Rye room outfitted in cobalt blue walls, globe lighting, and turn-of-the-century-style drawing room furniture, which, yes, includes Scarlet (O'Hara) couches. With its own service bar, they're offering a curated selection of not-available-at-Park-Tavern seasonal cocktails like the Eden Fall -- with Trace bourbon, peach cobbler filling, and ginger beer -- plus a small menu of bar snacks like Wagyu beef jerky or a tasting plate of PT fries, truffle aioli, Osetra caviar, and a soft-boiled egg, which's nothing to yolk about. Oh, and for holidays, they'll be pulling out all the stops like a caviar and champagne cart for a pinkies-up Christmas, or a one-day-only 50" flatscreen and fried quail combo for the Super Bowl, when God'll be busy stopping hurricanes/poverty/world war making sure the guys you bet on are covering the spread.
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      Not just where God hangs out after a busy week of answering prayers for your sports team, Eden Lounge is also where you're about to start going, mostly because it's a hidden upstairs bar inside Park Tavern. Set above the main restaurant and armed with soundproofed ceilings so you can't hear the downstairs Brussels sprouts chips-eating, Eden can fit a select 45 drinkers in an about-as-large-as-Rye room outfitted in cobalt blue walls, globe lighting, and turn-of-the-century-style drawing room furniture, which, yes, includes Scarlet (O'Hara) couches. With its own service bar, they're offering a curated selection of not-available-at-Park-Tavern seasonal cocktails like the Eden Fall -- with Trace bourbon, peach cobbler filling, and ginger beer -- plus a small menu of bar snacks like Wagyu beef jerky or a tasting plate of PT fries, truffle aioli, Osetra caviar, and a soft-boiled egg, which's nothing to yolk about. Oh, and for holidays, they'll be pulling out all the stops like a caviar and champagne cart for a pinkies-up Christmas, or a one-day-only 50" flatscreen and fried quail combo for the Super Bowl, when God'll be busy stopping hurricanes/poverty/world war making sure the guys you bet on are covering the spread.
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  • 09
    Now before you get all excited, Jerry O'Connell, you should know that just-grand-opened SliderBar is actually focused on mini-burgs (17, in fact), all served in the old Criolla Kitchen space where nearly 360-degree floor-to-ceiling windows peer into an open, airy design with an Oregon barnwood-paneled bar, six side-by-side-by-side-by-side-by-side-by-side flatscreens, and exposed I beams, or what really gets Jean Grey going

    Slider options count the D-Lux (Kobe beef w/ Swiss, pickled onions, little gem, chipotle ketchup, truffle aioli), the 3 Alarm (w/ habanero pepper jam, sliced serranos, pickled jalapenos), and the Hot Chick (ground chicken w/ a serrano/garlic/lime/tomatillo patty, and crushed tortilla chips on a multi-grain bun) -- all of which can come with regular, garlic, truffle, or sweet potato fries in a solo-sized "regular" or a catcher-from-Sandlot-sized "family"

    Fifteen of the 49 seats're at the bar, where they're pouring eight wines on tap, plus 16 rotating draft brews (Firestone IPA, Delirium Tremens, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout...) chosen by a cicerone, and served in either pints or groups of four taste-sized pulls set up on custom wooden paddles, yet another thing Jean Grey'll probably be psych(lops)ed about.
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      Now before you get all excited, Jerry O'Connell, you should know that just-grand-opened SliderBar is actually focused on mini-burgs (17, in fact), all served in the old Criolla Kitchen space where nearly 360-degree floor-to-ceiling windows peer into an open, airy design with an Oregon barnwood-paneled bar, six side-by-side-by-side-by-side-by-side-by-side flatscreens, and exposed I beams, or what really gets Jean Grey going

      Slider options count the D-Lux (Kobe beef w/ Swiss, pickled onions, little gem, chipotle ketchup, truffle aioli), the 3 Alarm (w/ habanero pepper jam, sliced serranos, pickled jalapenos), and the Hot Chick (ground chicken w/ a serrano/garlic/lime/tomatillo patty, and crushed tortilla chips on a multi-grain bun) -- all of which can come with regular, garlic, truffle, or sweet potato fries in a solo-sized "regular" or a catcher-from-Sandlot-sized "family"

      Fifteen of the 49 seats're at the bar, where they're pouring eight wines on tap, plus 16 rotating draft brews (Firestone IPA, Delirium Tremens, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout...) chosen by a cicerone, and served in either pints or groups of four taste-sized pulls set up on custom wooden paddles, yet another thing Jean Grey'll probably be psych(lops)ed about.
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  • 10
    Not just what happens when a dad with sons named John, Joe, and Jim panics after having a daughter, Jamber is also the name of a new gourmet wine pub from a Chi-town brother-sister duo, softly opened today in SOMA

    Taken from the nickname of the sister (who's been opening and running restos for 12yrs), this dual-storied joint's housed in what used to be an elevator repair shop and features most of the wood salvaged from the original space, a partially enclosed patio space, see-through tables with corks inside, and bar stools made from old wine barrels, which Donkey Kong probably would've just thrown (out). Despite the wine emphasis, the menu's anything but hoity-toity, with starters like poutine (house-cut fries w/ cheese curds and cream gravy) and larger fare like the artery-warming PB&Jam (pork belly, peanut butter, bacon Jamber jam), the veal & beef Jamburger, and the Mac n' Cheese, which's simply described on the menu as "yes", because... yes

    And since nothing goes with eating quite like drinking, they're offering 10 different beers on tap -- almost all of them extreme locals like Pac Brew Lab, MateVeza, and Almanac -- and as this is, after all, a wine pub, they've got 20 different draft vinos kegged for pouring so you don't have to panic when you're thirsty.
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      Not just what happens when a dad with sons named John, Joe, and Jim panics after having a daughter, Jamber is also the name of a new gourmet wine pub from a Chi-town brother-sister duo, softly opened today in SOMA

      Taken from the nickname of the sister (who's been opening and running restos for 12yrs), this dual-storied joint's housed in what used to be an elevator repair shop and features most of the wood salvaged from the original space, a partially enclosed patio space, see-through tables with corks inside, and bar stools made from old wine barrels, which Donkey Kong probably would've just thrown (out). Despite the wine emphasis, the menu's anything but hoity-toity, with starters like poutine (house-cut fries w/ cheese curds and cream gravy) and larger fare like the artery-warming PB&Jam (pork belly, peanut butter, bacon Jamber jam), the veal & beef Jamburger, and the Mac n' Cheese, which's simply described on the menu as "yes", because... yes

      And since nothing goes with eating quite like drinking, they're offering 10 different beers on tap -- almost all of them extreme locals like Pac Brew Lab, MateVeza, and Almanac -- and as this is, after all, a wine pub, they've got 20 different draft vinos kegged for pouring so you don't have to panic when you're thirsty.
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  1. The coolest miniature course maybe ever
  2. Margarita slushies and all the tacos
  3. Your best Big Sur camping option ever
  4. Lobster rolls and chicharrones-covered pork belly sandwiches in Levi's Plaza
  5. Because it's fun to make fun of LA
  6. Berkeley's new ravioli roost
  7. A knockout drinkery (plus a video starring that guy in the bald cap behind the bar)
  8. A clandestine bar inside Park Tavern
  9. Adorably sized burgers and cicerone-chosen brews on Market
  10. This elevator repair shop has alcohol. And pork belly PB&Js.