Tag Archives: night life

Good humor flows at Mission District family winery

Behind a roll-up door on a squat industrial building on Potrero Street is a family winery. At once unorthodox and deeply traditional, family name on the sign is not French or Italian like wine aficionados might expect, but rather Georgian. The Erstavi Winery family has been making wine for some 400 years, according to Nikolas Eristavi, the son of winemaker...

Romance from the Other Side: Stories of Love Observed in the Mission

Old and new school dating meet in the Mission’s various haunts, to varying degrees of success – but when love is in the air, it’s palpable. Take, for example, the couple that stands out in Mission Beach Cafe server Dylan Gormik’s mind – The pair came into the cafe still riding out the high of their first date the night...

Business Shortfall Could Force DNA Lounge to Close

The storied DNA Lounge may soon vanish from SoMa if it isn’t able to raise funding, closing its doors to the goths, creatives and art-seekers who have escaped into the venue since the early 1980s. After playing a pivotal role at Netscape during the early 1990s, current owner Jamie Jawinski converted his wealth into DNA Lounge to reconcile the tech...

Illicit Nightclub with Booze, Drugs Operated at SF Mission Hacker Hostel

Even the most brazen scofflaws can fall prey to San Francisco’s housing market – at least that’s what happened to Troy Do, an undocumented immigrant software engineer who set up a hacker hostel and illegal nightclub above a grocery at 19th and Mission streets. In June of last year, Do, who uses a fake first name, set up a hacker hostel...

High Rent, Not Noise Complaints, May Close SF Mission Party House

An after-hours dance party in a Mission District hacker house that has kept neighbors up all night may be on its way out — not because neighbors have complained for months, but because the rent is too high. The party pops up on Saturday nights inside a space above a grocery at 19th and Mission streets, according to a neighbor....

Eclectic and Cool: New Artwork at A.T.A.

From designing his own line of mini skateboards to superimposing potatoes onto significant works of art (“Surreal Potatoism”), Elliott C. Nathan certainly does not suffer from a lack of creativity or humor. The San Francisco-based artist says he draws inspiration for his work that is at times eclectic, whimsical and fun – from the pop and surrealist works of Salvador Dali,...

24th St. Bar Gets Cozy at What Was The Attic

Caroline Brown, owner of the new 24th Street Bar, sat composed in the naturally-lit, wood walled space, reveling in the launch of the bar’s new website: a launch into the world of social media, that she knows little about. That, she said, will be easy. What was more difficult was moving into the space in June that was formerly home...

What Happens Weekly and Keeps SF Guessing?

Trivia. At 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, Elixr is packed to the brim. Drinks occasionally spill and people yell in their friends’ ears just to be heard. Suddenly, a voice comes on over the PA system. The room shuffles and settles. It’s time for trivia, and everyone shuts up. It’s a scene repeated dozens of times throughout San Francisco, generally at...

“Phoenix” of SF Underground Theater Won’t Resurrect

Jim Fourniadis got married on a tiny stage in a 60-seat theater, lovingly nicknamed the “parking spot,” in the Dark Room Theater. For 12 years, he ran the Dark Room and brought live theater, comedy, parodies and bad movie nights to Mission Street, while living in the back with some six other theater artists. On Saturday, the show business will...

New Amnesia Owner Expects Few Changes

The Entertainment Commission will decide the fate of Amnesia tonight, when it considers allowing Craig Wathen, the owner of City Beer Store in SoMa, to take over Amnesia’s entertainment license from former owner Shawn Magee. Magee hand picked Wathen and his team, including Wathen’s wife Beth and two other investors, Lee Topar and Scot Plewacki, to take over Amnesia after his move to Mexico. Topar, Plewacki...

Blondie’s Bar Owner Remembers 25 Years Of Change

When Nicole DeWald, nicknamed “Blondie,” first visited the bar that would later be known by her moniker, she was afraid to step foot on Valencia Street. Along with prostitutes and drug addicts, “I was dodging garbage bags being thrown out of the second and third story windows,” she remembers. The facade of the building consisted entirely of black brick. The...

Staff Picks for Things to Do This Weekend: 4th of July Edition

Here’s a variety of events around the neighborhood to include in your Independence Day festivities.  San Francisco Mime Troupe  is showing “Freedomland” Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Dolores park. The show, which tackles racism, immigration, the war on drugs, and more American themes, is free and open to the public. Other noteworthy happenings this weekend: Laura: A variety...

Staff Picks for Things To Do This Weekend

It’s Pride, Pride, Pride, but in breaks from Pride, here’s what we’re up to this weekend: Cristiano – Pride is like Christmas for me, and since watching men square-dancing has the same effect on me as staring for hours at the fireplace [awesome!], I think I’ll be busy on Saturday. But on Sunday the ’90s Simpsons Trivia Night & Watch Party...

The Mission 7 to Unveil New Eclectic Sound

Five uniquely different musicians from contrasting backgrounds form The Mission 7, a band born in the Mission District that specializes in a wide array of sounds:  boogaloo, Latin soul, retro garage rock, and a little bit of Colombia. The Mission 7 developed from Go Van Gogh,  a previous band with Jesse Walkershaw, bassist and vocalist, and sax player Connie Walkershaw. The Mission 7 sound promises...

Weekend To Do List: Staff Picks

Dolores Park’s northern half has reopened, yes, and there may or may not be a dancing robot tomorrow, but what else is there to do in the Mission this weekend? Here are our recommendations: Lydia I want to laugh and be inspired and the Yes Men Are Revolting tonight at 7 at the Roxie sounds like it will do both. Must at...