Restaurant Review

Warm-ups

What better way to recover from our chilly summer days than a hot cocktail? 

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culture@sfbg.com

COCKTAIL HOUR Yes, the rest of the country is sipping piña coladas and pink lemonade margaritas, while we shiver and pour whiskey into our hot tea. No problem: this is a primo time to ditch the sickly sweet and explore some solid bellywarmers in the cocktail category.

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Amped on wheels

Chain, chain, chain: bike-friendly cafes to grease your gears and fuel your summer rides

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marke@sfbg.com

When our amiga Marcia of the Guardian's Tablehopping column hipped us that the Public Bikes store in South Park (123 South Park, SF. www.publicbikes.com) had installed a Saint Frank's coffee stand on its front porch, I hopped on Tim, my trusty steed, in search of other be-spoked, freewheelin' coffee options.Read more »

Put a lid on it

TABLEHOPPING: New places where you can play with your food, plus PIE!

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CHOW NOW

There are some new spots around town offering you the opportunity to stuff your face and play something game-y or sporty at the same time. Oh, delicious multitasking.Read more »

Phone home

COCKTAIL HOUR: New bar the Willows will make you want to call your mom

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culture@sfbg.com

COCKTAIL HOUR I'm not sure whether it was completely unintended, but after my night at new SoMa gastropub the Willows, one thing was clear: I need to call my mother.Read more »

Peeps for keeps

TABLEHOPPING A cute little birdie has landed in the Upper Haight, the Tacolicious empire expands, and our local café scene keeps on percolating.

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CHOW NOW

Can you believe the Upper Haight — practically a food desert — has a new option for vittles that looks downright promising? Freshly open on Haight Street is the rather darling Sparrow (1640 Haight, SF; sparrowbarandkitchen.com)Read more »

'A' for effort?

Don't judge new bar Novela by its gorgeous cover

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culture@sfbg.com

COCKTAILS Novela, the new literary-themed lounge in SoMa, is undoubtedly beautiful: plenty of window light pours in during the evening, highlighting tall black shelves packed full of color-coordinated books. The space, a collaboration between acclaimed bar stars Alex Smith and Kate Bolton, is littered with huge, cozy reading chairs as well as low comfy couches.

But my friend and I just somehow felt out of place.Read more »

Foggy holiday

A memorable barcrawl to Blarney Stone, Trick Dog, and Blackbird

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Gang's all here

The Blob digs into Sydney Town Tavern, Juice Shop, Shorty Goldstein's, Walzwerk

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Kronnerburger

Downing Stranger Juice in the dark -- and biting into solid, juicy burgers at this Mission hotspot

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Mean Greens

Veg-tacular dishes and drinks at Cupola, Orbit Room, Market and Rye

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