Best of the 7×7 The Best of the City 2009 List
It should be pretty easy to guess where I got the inspiration for this article. If you can’t figure it out, check out the article I posted last week, Best of SF Weekly’s Best of San Francisco 2009: Futurismo. In this installment, I took a look at 7×7 Magazine’s The Best of the City 2009 issue, which lists 100 of the top things in the city, including the best of food & drinks, shopping, services, nightlife, and everything in between. 100 things is a lot to sort through, so I did all the hard work and picked out what I think are the best things the list has to offer. There are some who question the validity of lists put together by 7×7, including myself, but they did compile a fairly comprehensive list that not only yuppies will appreciate, but locals, too. Hit the jump to see what I think are the best things in San Francisco, carefully chosen out of yet another “Best of” list.
Best Cocktail – Heaven’s Dog’s Famous Shanghai Buck
Fresh-pressed ginger juice, Pampero Aniversario rum, lime, and a stick of ice and served in a thin highball glass.
If you’re feeling a little more tropical, may I also suggest you try the Gin Fizz Tropical – Plymouth gin, pineapple gum, orgeat, lime, egg white, mint, and soda.
Best Lunch to Go – Kitchenette SF
Kitchenette SF is the brainchild of a group of chefs from many of the city’s finest restaurants. They sell affordable, fresh, organic, and seasonal lunches to go out of a loading dock in the Dogpatch. It will typically include a sandwich, salad, dessert, and drink. The menu changes everyday, so check the website or follow them on Twitter @kitchenettesf.
Best Dog Day – High Tail Hotel
High Tail Hotel aims to bring the outside inside. They have a large grass area with plants, fresh air and natural light. No kennels, concrete, or cages. Dogs are encouraged to run around and socialize with each other in a safe and supervised environment.
Best Science Fair – Outdoor Exploratorium
The Outdoor Exploratorium is a new exhibit that is 2 years in the making. There are 20 different exhibits that utilize and explore various forces of nature, such as the wind and water, and also looks at local marine life. There’s even a water fountain called “Tasting the Tides” which squirts a tiny stream of the local saltwater into your mouth to taste. Just don’t drink too much! Best of all? It’s completely free!
Best Garden Party – SFMOMA Rooftop Garden
Our advice? Sip on a Gibraltar from the new rooftop Blue Bottle Cafe to sharpen your mental acumen before making any critiques.
My advice? Go to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art on a free day, and use the money you saved for what may be my favorite coffee in San Francisco, Blue Bottle.
Best Anarchist Happy Hour – 540 Club
…the 540 Club has disrupted the order of the universe and started its Monday happy hour at 10 p.m. Until midnight, all well drinks are just a buck.
Is Monday the new Tuesday? With this happy hour deal it just might be. Too bad it’s not in SoMa, otherwise you could do some serious happy hour damage! Actually, maybe it is a good thing it’s not in SoMa.
Most Lucrative Night Out – Elixir’s Guest Bartender Wednesdays
Seeking two to four rowdy people who can fill this bar with their friends and have a ton of fun for a night of liquor-slingin’, hootenanny and charity. Requirements: Fun, semi-coordinated, able to do simple math, and gregarious enough to fill this humble saloon with their booziest of friends.
What a great way to raise money for charity! Not only do you get to support a great cause, your friends can feel good about getting wasted since their dollars are supporting something in addition to their alcohol problems.
Best Designated Driver – The Mexican Bus
Hop on The Mexican Bus for a raucous night out that includes stops at the city’s best salsa, merengue, and Afro-Cubano clubs
It’s just like a party bus, except más caliente.
If you would like to see the entire list of 100 of the best things in San Francisco, the special issue 7×7 Magazine is available at newsstands and bookstores across the city.
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