San Francisco's coolest neighborhoods - The Castro
There are plenty of cool neighborhoods in the city - and they're all within access of wherever you're staying because of the compact flavor of the city. It's a great place to spend a few days, and you'll find excellent accommodation in your choice of neighborhood.
What was once a haven of dairy farms and country lanes is now a thriving, vibrant area where the restaurants and bars are full all night long and the all encompassing population welcomes everyone. And the price of real estate...!
One of the big must do's is a movie at the Castro Theater (429 Castro St.). Famous for its mighty Wurlitzer organ playing along to specially chosen movies is as fun an experience as you'll ever have. The stunning art-deco, Moorish and otherwise lavish combination of interior designs makes it a special trip for anyone interested in architecture.
If you've always loved the idea of tea but don't know where to start, check out the rather brilliantly named Samovar Tea Lounge (498 Sanchez St.), where more than 100 whole-leaf teas and herbal infusions from around the globe are offered up for your tea drinking pleasure. The barista (?) can guide your choice and even give you a tasting selection. And don't forget to take home your favorite brew. If you want to beat the crowds, try the breakfast service.
If you're after a fun night on the town without taking it all too seriously, try the Mint - 1942 Market - it's a very welcoming crowd and the best part is the free Karaoke. Not for the faint-hearted of course, but that's what the alcohol's for after all! Go with a group, or just as a couple - you'll have fun and the unpretentious bar will become your second home in the city.
San Francisco bar-hopping
Everyone knows that San Francisco is one of the coolest city's on the planet! But if you're new to town just where does one find the best bars without seeming to try? Let us be your guide for the evening. Find Cheaprooms.com accommodation in San Francisco and enjoy the nightlife in this great city.
If you're staying in central SFO, you have the city at your feet! Find cheap accommodation in San Francisco and look for packages that include breakfast.
The SFO bar experience is a sophisticated, yet understated one. People here don't seem to go after the glamor and glitz of other cities and it's all to the better in our opinion. The Rickhouse in Kearny St is a king amongst bars given its predilection for a single malt whiskey menu and a series of liquor shelves so tall they need a rolling ladder to get to it all. A joy for the boozehound, Rickhouse is seriously good.
If you like a theme for your drinking, try the Wilson & Wilson at 505 Jones Street. The Wilson & Wilson is a detective-agency themed, speakeasy style of bar with a film-noir vibe, nicely turned out in its 1920s-style wallpaper. Choose your poison from the detective cases cocktail menu and then pay at the old cash registers. Best of all are the staff - these people know their booze and it's a pleasure doing business with them.
The Slanted Door is on the water at Ferry Building so your night's drinking is set to the backdrop of the beautiful harbor views. The bar food is Vietnamese and is the perfect complement to a night of liver damage. You'll find beers and cocktails here at reasonable prices.
A walking tour of San Francisco
Every so often you strike a city that deserves to be explored on a much deeper level - a city with a rich history and a cultural diversity that defies explanation and just calls out to be enjoyed for what it is - unique. San Francisco is such a city and we think it's best explored on foot. Go to Cheaprooms.com and secure a cheap hotel in San Francisco and bring your walking shoes and a good day pack.
You might also bring your appetite because San Francisco's cultural melting pot has delivered a unique 'foodie' culture to the city - and you'll want to taste every last bit of it. Find cheap accommodation in San Francisco now and fall in love with one of the US's greatest cities.
Your first exploration of something quite different is Japantown, located to the left of the Fisherman's Wharf area. You can browse the streets and poke your head into the tiny shop front restaurants. And when you're done, take a walk down Fillmore St, recently voted one of the country's most interesting new shopping areas.
North Beach by day is a sprawling mass of Italian warmth and a constant feeling of the morning-after-the-night-before given its preponderance of nightclubs, bars and jazz clubs. The area is a haven for the gelato-phile and no walking tour here is complete without a wander down Grant Avenue - a shining beacon to the history of San Francisco, from its notorious Barbary Coast beginnings to the boutique and restaurant saturated city that it is today.
South of Market, or SOMA, as the locals call it is home to fashionable nightclubs and late night bars - this is your evening entertainment slot. This is where the sleek come to play and it shows in the entry prices. That said, there are some of San Francisco's classic restaurants here and of course it's home to the most beautiful ballpark of them all! Walking through here in the daylight hours is a fun way to explore an architecturally interesting part of the city.
The top 5 things to do in San Francisco
The things to do in cosmopolitan, multi-cultural San Francisco would take a book, so unless you have a lifetime, what you do in San Francisco will take a little prioritisation. Serendipitously, we can point you in the direction of 5 magical things to do! First, check Cheaprooms.com for quality hotels to choose from in San Francisco. The discount rooms in San Francisco offer so much, for so little money. There are plenty of gorgeous city escape hotels to choose from..
The mystical Golden Gate Bridge connects Marin County to the city and - did you know - celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012. You'll find a good deal on Cheap Rooms with plenty of extras and options to make your SFO stay a good one.
One of the great pleasures in San Francisco is the marvellous Golden Gate Park, shaped in a rectangular format much the same as Central Park, it's surprisingly, 20% larger. Perfect for outdoor picnics, and speaking of which, check the weather in San Francisco before you come so you can pack accordingly.
If the weather turns against you, soak up the innovative and exciting exhibitions at the extraordinary California Academy of Sciences in Golden gate Park. You'll be greeted by indoor snow flurries and giant dinosaurs.
Fishermans Wharf is still one of the premiere attractions and there's nothing like a bowl of seafood chowder on a misty day.
If you have time, the 'must see' is still Alcatraz in the middle of the Bay. The ferry boat ride out gives you an excellent back towards the city and the Rock itself is still a astoundingly eerie place to visit.
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Cheap things to do in San Francisco!
Oh oh... big city means big prices...right? Ain't necessarily so, if you know what and where to shop and do! Check Cheaprooms.com for quality hotels to choose from and pack your walking shoes. The discount rooms in San Francisco always go fast, so be quick.
Staying close to the central business district, or the Embarcadero or close to Union Square will put you close to most of the action, so get agood deal on Cheap Rooms and get ready to enjoy the best and cheapest of San Francisco.
There's something about the Golden Gate Bridge area that draws every tourist. If you want iconic views of San Francisco's most famous drawcard, head down to the Marina's Golden Gate promenade and enjoy the beach views, the picturesque bay and boats and those golden views of the bridge. Hungry? Stop for a snack at the Warming Hut.
Talking of snacks (and, therefore, coffee), head up to the North Beach area in San Francisco and follow your nose. Seattle doesn't hold Aces high on the coffee front any more - San Francisco's North Beach area is fast becoming a mecca for those who love the sense of neighborhood and community. Red light and late night when the sun goes down, the area is home to a vast array of young urban professionals and the cafe culture that has sprung up to feed them has also brought in galleries, bookshops and vintage clothing places - plus restaurants.
Live the high life! Pretend to be a guest at one of the classic hotels - the Palace or the Fairmont for example. Or sip a cocktail 30 floors up at one of the high rise hotels and enjoy the view without the room cost.
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