SoMa’s one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in the city, and there’s a particular stretch where a party is happening every night. Enter the 11th Street Corridor—from Folsom to Bryant, you’ll experience three blocks of revelry and cute little public parklets, plus the perfect food to satisfy your drunk cravings. Here are the hot spots to visit:
This one-of-a-kind venue features permanent fixtures for casual dining and a rotating variety of food trucks, offering everything from tacos to Korean BBQ. Yes, you can get your booze on too! Take a seat outside, either in the heated cabin or in the school bus. When chatting, eating, and drinking gets too boring, challenge yourself or a friend to some carnival games like hoops or skee ball. Did we mention there’s free Wi-Fi and it’s dog-friendly? You won’t want to miss the special events that occur at the park frequently, like mini film/food/beer festivals, viewing parties for all your favorite local sports teams, trivia nights, and holiday parties.
The baby of rock legend Boz Scaggs, this 27-year-old nightclub is still a premier destination for live music of all genres. With an open dance floor and a balcony for dinner patrons, everyone gets in on the performance. The atmosphere is intimate yet rockin.’ Check out their website for upcoming shows, or stop in anytime to discover a new favorite band and enjoy a few drinks and bar bites.
This delightful trailer trash-themed bar serves all your favorite fried and microwaveable foods (Tater tots, deep fried Twinkies, Spaghettios, and Beanie Weenies? Yes please!) along with unique cocktails featuring your favorite kiddie drinks (screwdrivers with Sunny Delight or grape soda with vodka?!), beers in brown paper bags, and Jello shots. We recommend the Cherry Bomb, a concoction of Seagram’s black cherry vodka and Squirt. Butter also hosts various weekly events, like 80s/90s dance parties and Karaoke Sundays. It’s a place guaranteed to make you melt!
Hosting concerts, parties, burlesque and drag shows, and the occasional lecture or art/tech showcase, DNA Lounge is celebrating its 30th birthday this month as a famed event space in San Francisco. However, their biggest event arrives every Saturday night when the multiple award-winning Bootie comes to town. DJs spin the greatest mashups in the world across multiple rooms, and each epic weekly event has a different theme. Next Saturday, November 28th, will feature live pro wrestling matches and all of December features multiple odes to the holidays.
When you’re all partied out, you can go downstairs and sober up with a pizza slice or two at DNA Pizza. The nifty 24-hour joint also serves sandwiches, salads, a variety of appetizers, coffee and espresso, and beer and wine. If you’re stopping in earlier than the late-night crowd, check out their breakfast, lunchtime, and Happy Hour specials.
If you’re looking for something just a little bit more refined, this French-inspired lounge is for you. The swanky Bergerac serves truffle fries, cheeses, cold cuts, and craft cocktails. If you’re feeling brave, try one of their signature drop shots or if you’re with a large group, share a punch bowl. A perfect blend of European fanciness and modern-day American comfort food and tunes, Bergerac brings something new to the 11th Street Corridor.
Tucked away across the street from Slim’s and next to Butter, this little food truck is a big treasure. It’s open till 3-4AM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, which is a perfect answer to your drink and dance buzz after a late night at any SoMa club. There are savory and sweet options with all your favorite fillings, from eggs and smoked turkey to apple sauce and strawberries. Try the King Lias if you have an extra sweet tooth—it contains Nutella, banana, almond powder, coconut, and whipped cream. Though the crepes are inexpensive, the truck is cash only, so be sure to take a little extra out of the ATM early in the evening.
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When all else fails, hit up Costco because the $1.50 hot dog/soda combo is still one of the best deals in town. What are your favorite 11th Street hangouts?
[Featured Image: SoMa StrEat Food Park via Facebook]