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

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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