Looking for something new to do in San Francisco?
Why not add bowling to the list? And not just any bowling alley…Lucky Strike! Famous for its hip, blacklight bowling complete with plenty of music, a gastropub, ugly bowling shoes and a game room.
Opening tomorrow, Friday, Mar. 9, this bowling mecca opens right across from AT&T Park and is co-0wned by none other than “The Beard” himself, Giants closer Brian Wilson.
Grab a martini or IPA (they’ve got a few more craft beers than your average alley) and some sushi, and get ready for some 10-pin action. If you can, try to get one of the two lanes in the Green Room, an intimate, well-appointed lair with tobacco-hued sofas, emerald velvet chairs and a century-old Italian harvest table. And if bowling isn’t enough for you, you can also go to Lucky Strike for a game of chess, pool or trivia in a game room.
Check out the complete menu:
I’ve got my bowling shoes ready! I’ll see you there!
200 King St., (at 4th St)
San Francisco, CA 94107
Lucky Strike Website
Last September, a new upscale American tavern opened in Washington Square Park in North Beach called Park Tavern. Opened by Anna Weinberg and Jennifer Puccio, the team that brought us Marlowe restaurant in SOMA (one of my favorite spots), Park Tavern is a great cozy neighborhood spot (located where the old Moose’s used to be) where you can have drinks at the bar, hang out at the communal bar table, and dine in either their indoor/outdoor cafe or their dining room.
Last week was my birthday and when my boyfriend asked me where I wanted to go for my birthday dinner, I chose AQ restaurant. AQ opened its doors in early November 2011 and has generated quite a bit of buzz. What makes AQ unique is their seasonal approach to everything they do – from the food to the décor. The name of the restaurant comes from the term “AQ” or “As Quoted,” a term used on classic restaurant menus to describe fresh fish, seasonal or specialty items. Former La Folie chef Mark Lieberman, now executive chef and co-owner of AQ, takes the concept of AQ a step further by utilizing ingredients that are local and seasonal in Northern California and combining them with Mediterranean flavors and employing classic French technique.
What is mixology? Well, according to Answers.com, mixology is the study and practice of mixing alcoholic beverages; experimenting and creating new cocktail recipes similar to the way a chef creates a new dish.
And San Francisco is home to some of the best mixologists in the world. Seeing these guys and gals in action is quite a spectacle — watching them add juice from this, zest from that, a dash of some kind of bitters or a spray of some essence and shaking it all up to make something that is aesthetically pleasing and wows your taste buds.
Some of my favorite bars to frequent in this city feature this mixology “magic.”
I’m a HUGE fan of Anthony Bourdain. Sometimes I think we’re kindred food and travel-loving spirits. And he isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. His No Reservations show on the Travel Channel is one of my favorite things to watch.
So on Monday night, my boyfriend and I were channel surfing and stumbled upon Tony’s newest show (I’m calling Anthony Bourdain “Tony” like I know the guy), The Layover. The show’s premise is Tony’s a big traveler and more often than not, spends a lot of his time laid over in airports. So instead of sitting at the airport hotel, he sets out to explore each city in the short amount of time (only 24-48 hours) he has there. And Tony’s stop this episode: San Francisco!
The episode is awesome — watching Tony explore the city like a local with some of his San Francisco friends (and fellow chefs) Roland Passot, Chris Cosentino, and Danny Bowien. It’s also so fun to see Tony go out for a night of bar hopping and to see him get a little tipsy too — reminds me of many nights I’ve had in the city.
On the show, Tony visits some of my favorite spots in San Francisco like:
To get a recap of the episode, check out this great article on Eater SF. You can also see videos and pictures on The Layover‘s webpage.
Yes, last Sunday, I got Brunch Drunk Love and I loved it.
Brunch Drunk Love is one of the hottest brunch spots in SF. Open on Saturdays and Sundays at Bruno’s in the Mission, Brunch Drunk Love is the brainchild of Top Chef’s Ryan Scott. Brunch Drunk Love was inspired by the all-day brunches of New York where friends and family gather to recap the previous week’s news and adventures and to me it was one of best brunches I’ve had in SF.
Set in Bruno’s (which reminds me of a place you’d see Kitty and Red have dinner on “That’s 70′s Show”) with a great bar (and good strong drinks) and even a holiday DJ spinning old school Christmas tunes, it feels like you’ve walked out of a time machine and into your favorite 70′s hangout. It has a really cozy and comfortable vibe and the food really reflected that as well.
Southern food seems to be all the rage in San Francisco with new BBQ joints popping up every week and restaurants like The Boxing Room opening up. Well, the newest restaurant to bring Southern cooking to this city is located in a rather unusual spot: North Beach.
Located on Grant Street, between Green and Vallejo, Tupelo is a new dive-bar-turned-soul food restaurant named after Elvis’ Mississippi birthplace. It’s interior is feels like an old abandoned Southern Victorian courtesy of its distressed mirror paneling, grandiose chandeliers made of old motorcycle parts and a bar with four copper-finished beer towers.
Dying to have some fun with the undead before Halloween?
Then head to the California Academy of Sciences tonight for Zombie NightLife, a booze-fueled, bloody-fun evening in Golden Gate Park.
Get ready to rock!
On Sunday, Oct. 23, Saag’s Specialty Meats and Tres Restaurant (formerly Tres Agave) are teaming up for the city’s first-ever Rocktoberbest – a benefit that promises great music and a treat for your taste buds. Proceeds from this benefit will go to help Amy Powers, long time SF’er and manager at Cafe Claude as she springs back to recovery from a cancerous tumor that affected her early this year.
From noon to 4:00 p.m., uou can sample the Best of the Wurst from the hot Bay Area’s chefs Michelle Mathews (Café Claude), Bridget Batson (Gitane), Kelvin Ott (Trés) and Morgan Robinson (SMOKE Open Fire Cooking). You’ll also get your fill of rockin’ tunes courtesy of New Diplomat and the Dramantics.