West Coast Trip 2015 – San Francisco

Rachel overlooking the San Francisco skyline and Golden Gate Bridge from Telegraph Hill

Early Wednesday morning, the four of us found ourselves on a Virgin flight to San Francisco, headed to meet back up with the two SF bros.  Once we were on the ground, we took an Uber to our Airbnb in Hayes Valley, a couple of blocks from Alamo Square Park.  After a quick nap, we were ready to get back at it.

Priorities:

  • Neighborhood exploring
  • Views
  • Mission Burrito
  • Cool bars

Day 6 – Wednesday

After a quick nap, Rachel and I set out for a short run, to Alamo Square, around the Panhandle and back while our two travel companions took a longer nap.  The weather was gorgeous, we got some pics of the Painted Ladies, and got a lot of hill work in.

After waking everyone up, we took a walk over to DragonEats for a super tasty (and super cheap) banh mi, before embarking on a quest for some Instagram shots.  We started with an Uber to Coit Tower at the top of Telegraph Hill, and from there we walked over to the famous stretch of Lombard Street, marveling at the beautiful views along the way.

travel companions walking down Lombard Street in San Francisco, California
Roamin’ the streets of SF

All that walking around and climbing hills had us hankering for a snack.  We stopped at Smitten Ice Cream on the way back to the Airbnb, before getting ready for the rest of the night.  For dinner, we met up with our SF bros at Magnolia in Dogpatch for some beers and BBQ.  And then for a nightcap (or two or three), we closed out the evening at Toronado, a well known dive bar with an outstanding selection of craft beers.

Day 7 – Thursday

Day 2 in SF started with a longer run this time for Rach and I – about 6 miles from the Airbnb, through the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach.  The two sleepers met us at Lands End for a short hike and some more views.

view of the Golden Gate Bridge during a travel hike at Lands End
The bridge from Lands End

After freshening up a bit, we started on a quest for a Mission burrito.  We took an Uber to Dolores Park, turned down somebody offering us “fresh edibles,” and from there walked into the Mission to Taqueria Cancun.  It did not disappoint.

With our stomachs full, next up was one of the recommendations from our friend in Portland at 10 Barrel Brewing – cocktails at Trick Dog.  Recently named one of the 50 best bars in the world, Trick Dog is a dog-friendly (of course), hip space serving up really tasty and inventive cocktails from a calendar menu with photos of the bartenders and friends’ puppies.

a cocktail and a drink menu at Trick Dog

We (or I) was actually lucky enough to have timed this trip such that my Seattle Seahawks were in San Francisco for a Thursday night game against the 49ers.  And, I was also lucky enough to find that the local Seahawks bar was a mere 10 minute walk from the Airbnb!  I was only verbally abused four or five times on the walk to Danny Coyle’s for wearing my Earl Thomas jersey.  My personal favorite was the UPS driver who pulled over to the side of the road to lean out of his truck and warn: “You better take that shit OFF!”

Upon entering Danny Coyle’s, I also noticed that during college basketball season it is a UNC Tar Heels bar too!  I was in heaven.  On top of THAT, probably the best deal we encountered on the trip was $15 for a bucket of 5 Tecate beers during the game.  After watching the Hawks redeem themselves after their collapse on Sunday, we had reservations with the whole crew at Nopa, with great food and some bottles of fine red wine.  Be sure to book at least a couple months in advance if you want a table there at a reasonable hour.

With another long day ahead of us, we had time for one more stop before calling it a night.  We went to a local favorite of our SF contingent, Club Waziema, an Ethiopian bar and restaurant with a pool table in the back.  Apparently some legitimate big-time musicians used to play shows there – it seemed like a bar with a lot of history in the area.

After Waziema, we bid a sad adieu to Dan and Eric, as the rest of the trip would be only the core four.  Actually the next day we would be down one more, as Alena had to fly down to San Diego to work the next day while Rachel, Hilary and I drove the coast.

Highlights:

  • Danny Coyle’s
  • Trick Dog
  • Nopa

Next Time:

  • Too much stuff to list!  There is so much to do in SF…what are some spots that I should check out next time?  Let me know in the comments!
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