Bollywood Stage Premiere
The 2001 hit film “Monsoon Wedding” has been turned into a musical. Opening May 5 at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, the musical follows the drama surrounding a four- day celebration in Delhi for an arranged marriage between an upper middle- class Indian
BARS & NIGHTCLUBS 15 ROMOLO
One of the best bars in the city for a perfectly crafted, creative cocktail, this dim, hidden spot in an alley off the North Beach strip also serves well-priced carnival-themed bar bites. 15 Romolo Pl., 415.398.1359.
Offering a long list of both classic cocktails and original concoctions, this Haight Ashbury restaurant and bar is a great place to try something new, like the Blood and Sand. Homemade brews and local food are the specialty, making it a true San Francisco experience. 1725 Haight St., 415.666.0822.
Located in Hayes Valley, this traditional beer garden offers a variety of German beers on tap and serves up locally sourced food like sausages and salaten. 424 Octavia St., 415.252.9289.
BOURBON & BRANCH
This Tenderloin speakeasy offers strong Prohibition- era cocktails in a 1920s private club atmosphere. Imbibe Champagne or bourbon-heavy libations at the library or book a booth in the main bar in the back. Check the website for reservations. 501 Jones St., 415.346.1735.
Named after the Nob Hill alley off Bush Street that was the scene of the murder in “The Maltese Falcon,” the Burritt Room at the Mystic Hotel brings well- crafted cocktails to the Union Square neighborhood. Pull up a red velvet bar stool and watch as expert mixologists shake and stir some of the best drinks around, like the Smoked Peach and Weissen Sour. 417 Stockton St., in the Mystic Hotel, 415.400.0561.
Named after Henry Comstock and the famed Comstock Lode, which brought mining fortunes to the City by the Bay, this bar is a throwback to the city’s Barbary Coast era, located in a site that’s served as a San Francisco watering hole since 1907. Sip on carefully crafted classic cocktails and nibble on turn- of-the- century saloon fare. 155 Columbus Ave., 415.617.0071.
Located in the Mission District, this expansive rooftop bar offers sweeping views of the city skyline. Drinks range from pisco-based cocktails to esoteric Brazilian beer. Dig into tasty nibbles like empanadas, ceviche and meat skewers. 2516 Mission St., 415.550.6970. ELIXIR This Mission Dolores bar— part pub, part sports bar, part lounge and part certified green business— offers a taste of the Old West. Serving its neighbors since 1858, there’s no better spot for handmade fresh fruit cocktails. Tuesday nights are a hit with bar trivia, and weekends bring a makeyour- own Bloody Mary bar. 3200 16th St., 415.552.1633.
Beneath Market Street, the local bar superstars behind Bourbon & Branch have created this classy underground cocktail bar that provides a sophisticated addition to the city’s nightlife scene. Inspired by the 1950s and ’60s newspaper industry, the vintage décor includes typewriters and archived news clippings that let you relive San Francisco’s past, and even the waitresses are dressed in time-period perfect outfits. And the drinks are equally on point: highballs, Gibsons and other updated classics rule here. 691 Market St., 415.795.1375.
Located on the ground floor of a 1907 Victorian building, this beer bar features 40 taps from some of the best breweries in the world, two cask handles, exclusive house beers and a full kitchen serv- ing up tasty bar bites that pair perfectly with beer. The cellar is home to the Tivoli Sour Room, where lambics and sour beers are on tap. 34 Mason St., 415.984.0279.
MR. TIPPLE’S RECORDING STUDIO
This spirit- driven jazz bar with bar bites is tucked away in a cozy back alley of the city’s Mid- Market neighborhood. The bar features live jazz nightly with no cover, a sharp list of rotating cocktails and under-$10 snacks. On your first visit, try the Dizzy cocktail (East India sherry, terroir gin, cynar) and the patty melt (swiss cheese, riddled onions, spread). 39 Fell St., 415.851.8561.
PLAYERS SPORTS GRILL & ARCADE
This waterfront sports bar features more than 35 HDTVs, 200 sports channels, 85 arcade games and 15 beers on tap. The menu offers bar bites and American fare. Luau Lounge, located inside, is San Francisco’s only waterfront tiki bar, with spectacular views of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Bay. Pier 39, 415.981.6300.
Taste the past, present and future of rum here, from traditional drinks of the Caribbean islands to classic libations of
Prohibition- Era Havana to exotic cocktails from legendary tiki bars. Modeled after both a pirate ship and a tiki hut and featuring a waterfall, this bar offers a whole new approach to rum, showcasing more than 400 varieties from around the world, including rare and vintage finds. The drink menu includes more than 70 cocktails made from premium spirits and liqueurs, house-made ingredients and fresh citrus juiced inhouse daily. 650 Gough St., 415.869.1900. TOP OF THE MARK A Nob Hill landmark, this sky lounge perched on the 19th floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel affords wraparound vistas of the city, including views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and the sparkling skyline at night. Don’t miss the famed 100 Martinis menu. Live music several nights a week. 999 California St., 19th fl., 415.616.6916. TRICK DOG Local bar stars The Bon Vivants opened this hot spot in the Mission District, focusing on hand- crafted, inventive drinks and late-night nibbles. The converted warehouse space features a dimly lit, downstairs bar with retro decor, and a small, loft- like restaurant upstairs serving multicultural elevated bar food. 3010 20th St., 415.471.2999. WHITECHAPEL Featuring the largest gin selection in North America, Whitechapel’s cocktail menu celebrates the history and traditions of this versatile spirit. The extensive drink offerings are by no means limited to gin, and the food menu features pub fare and several Indian dishes. 600 Polk St., 415.292.5800.
21ST AMENDMENT BREWERY Within walking distance of AT&T ballpark, this brewpub is a fun place to visit before or after a Giants game. The airy, multi-level SoMa space delivers reasonably priced, homebrewed beer in unique flavors alongside dependable standards like cheeseburgers and house-made chili. The watermelon wheat beer, served alongside a slice of watermelon, is a customer favorite. 563 2nd St., 415.369.0900. THIRSTYBEAR BREWING CO. The oldest brewery-restaurant in the city (and the only organic brewery) serves house-made ales that complement Spanish-inspired cuisine, with dishes served primarily in tapas-sized portions. There’s also a full bar and pool tables and darts upstairs. 661 Howard St., 415.974.0905.
CLASSICAL MUSIC & DANCE
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET America’s oldest professional ballet company performed one of the first American productions of both “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker,” as well as the first 20th century “American Coppélia.” War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.861.5600. SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC This professional school in the Civic Center neighborhood offers an array of musical programs, many of them free to the public. 50 Oak St., 415.864.7326. SAN FRANCISCO OPERA Located in the historic War Memorial Opera House since 1932, this is the second largest opera company in North America, bringing exciting performances to the stage each season. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.3330. SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY Founded in 1911, the symphony is widely considered to be among the country’s most artistically adventurous art institutions, well known for its acclaimed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.6000. SMUIN BALLET Known for sassy dance numbers set to Bach, Gershwin and The Beatles, Michael Smuin founded this contemporary company in 1994, aiming “to infuse ballet with the rhythm, speed, and syncopation of American popular culture.” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., 415.912.1899.
FEINSTEIN’S Located within the Hotel Nikko San Francisco, this elegant, intimate, 140-seat nightclub is operated in partnership with multi-platinum-selling entertainer Michael Feinstein and presents a wide range of local, regional and national entertainers. 222 Mason St., 866.663.1060. SFJAZZ CENTER This is the first stand-alone performance venue of its kind in the country built specifically for jazz. The 35,000-squarefoot glass structure seating 300 to 700 people, located in bustling Hayes Valley a block from Davies Symphony Hall, boasts the acoustic qualities of a great concert hall and the relaxed intimacy of a jazz club. Performances most weekends Th-Su. 201 Franklin St., 866.920.5299.
AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER Offering classical and contemporary theater productions, the A.C.T. is a large, highly respected nonprofit theater company located just outside Union Square. 405 Geary St., 415.749.2228. BEACH BLANKET BABYLON No trip to San Francisco is complete without seeing Steve Silver’s “Beach Blanket Babylon,” the hilariously campy revue that has been a local favorite since 1974, known for its hats and wigs and spoofs of current events and celebrities in ever- evolving numbers. Persons under 21 not admitted to evening performances. 678 Green St., 415.421.4222. SF PLAYHOUSE Located on the second floor of the charming Kensington Park Hotel, this theater company is dedicated to presenting critically-acclaimed works in an intimate setting that allows the audience to really connect with the performance, whether it’s a world premiere or an invigorated classic. 450 Post St., 415.677.9596. SHN For more than 30 years, this has been the preeminent theatrical entertainment company in San Francisco, owning and operating two of the city’s major venues: the historic Orpheum and Golden Gate theaters. It delivers a range of theatrical experiences: original Broadway cast productions, pre- Broadway world premieres and current hits fresh from Broadway. 1182 Market St., 888.746.1799.
FERRY PLAZA WINE MERCHANT Attached to the store of the same name, this wine bar offers visitors the opportunity to sample a rotating selection of 15-20 wines. Grab some cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, a loaf of bread from Acme Bakery, a seat at the bar and let the knowledgeable guide you. 1 Ferry Building, 415.391.9400. PRESS CLUB Located in the luxurious cellar space of the Four Seasons Hotel, this chic urban tasting
room offers a wine country experience right in the middle of the city, uncorking an array of wines direct from acclaimed California wineries. It features social sipping lounges, rare and specialty beers on tap and light bites for delicious pairings. 20 Yerba Buena Ln., 415.744.5000.
GRATON RESORT & CASINO The behemoth $825 million, 340,000-square-foot resort is home to 3,000 slot and video poker machines, as well as 144 table games and an elegant dedicated poker room. As much a dining as a gaming destination, the complex packs in more than a dozen eateries, ranging from casual favorites like The Habit Burger Grill, La Fondita and Boathouse Asian Bistro to high- end options like Tony’s of North Beach and 630 Park Steakhouse. 288 Golf Course Dr. W, Rohnert Park, 707.588.7100.
WEILL HALL AT THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER Located on the Sonoma State University campus in wine country, this is a worldclass indoor- outdoor music complex hosting performances by symphonies and renowned artists like Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Renée Fleming, Herbie Hancock, Yo Yo Ma and many more. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, 866.955.6040.
SWEETWATER MUSIC HALL Housed in a 107-year- old former Masonic lodge, this intimate music venue (also a great bar and restaurant) has infused downtown Mill Valley with an electric energy since 1972. The hall has played host to such superstars as Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia and Elvis Costello, and now it welcomes artists playing everything from New Orleans jive to Latin funk genres of music. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley, 415.388.3850.