Celebrate Those You Love, San Francisco!

Check out that great Irene Koh LEGEND OF KORRA art she did on a lid recently for our Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum! What better image to get us all in the mood for sharing a little love?!

And what’s not to love about San Francisco? A city of magic and delight, dreams and dreamers, populated by passionate personalities and hard working folks with a dedication to sharing their affections with us all. We are honored to get to be a part of the amazing scene of unique cultures and small businesspeople that make San Francisco truly special. And once a year we get to celebrate all those fabulous denizens, wild visionaries, indie businesses, and awesome characters that make this city so great in the SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay reader’s poll. So don’t be shy, San Francisco… join us in embracing these amazing people and places we all love here in the greatest city on Earth. I can definitely tell you how much it means to my fellow small indie businesspeople and SF personalities. Let’s show them some love and let them know how much it means to us to have them around!

Celebrate those you love, San Francisco! Vote here:
SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll 2017

As is tradition, here’s some of mine and the Isotope family’s personal favorites:

CITY LIVING

Best Street Fair – BYO Big Wheel
Best Hotel – SF Sleep
Best Tour – The Dashiell Hammett Tour
Best Event or Venue for Kids – Circus Center San Francisco
Best Nonprofit – Lava Mae Mobile Showers
Best Local Website – www.sfbg.com
Best Locally Produced TV Show – Check, Please!
Best Radio Station – Radio Valencia
Best Tattoo Parlor – Dream Masters Custom Tattoos
Best Local Animal Rescue – Rocket Dog Rescue
Best Pet Groomeing – All Creatures Healing Network
Best Veterinarian – Dr. Rao @ Nob Hill Cat Clinic
Best Dentist – Doctor Butler @ Eco Dental Oakland
Best Auto Mechanics – Jack Schroll @ Mostly Mustangs
Best Bicycle Repair – Matt Aimes @ Market Street Cycles
Best Salon – Hair of the Gods
Best Hairstylist – Donnelle @ Hair of the Gods
Best Massage – Justin Hall Massage
Best Local Sports Team – Bay Area Derby Girls All Stars Team

FOOD AND DRINK

Best New Restaurant – Barcino
Best Splurge Restaurant – Pläj Scandinavian Restaurant & Bar
Best Late-Night Restaurant – Sauce
Best Romantic Restaurant – Flour + Water
Best Food/Drink Festival – Domingo de Piña @ Smuggler’s Cove
Best Farmers’ Market – Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market
Best Vegetarian – Greens Restaurant
Best Pizza – Patxi’s Pizza
Best Sandwiches – Fatted Calf
Best Burritos – Gordo Taqueria
Best Burgers – Finn Town Tavern
Best Barbecue – Rusty’s Southern BBQ
Best Bowl of Noodles – Nojo Ramen
Best Soul Food – Brenda’s French Soul Food
Best Indian – Little Delhi Restaurant
Best Mexican – Nido
Best Thai – Jitlada Thai
Best Breakfast – Brown Sugar Kitchen
Best Brunch – Straw SF
Best Lunch – Lunchpad
Best Ice Cream – Smitten Ice Cream
Best Coffee Roasters – Ritual Coffee
Best Cup of Tea – KitTea Cat Cafe
Best New Bar – Ginger’s
Best Bartender – Keli Rivers @ Whitechapel
Best Dive Bar – Molotov’s
Best Swanky Bar – Smuggler’s Cove
Best Gay Bar – The Eagle
Best Bar Staff – Smuggler’s Cove
Best Butcher Shop – Fatted Calf
Best Cheese Shop – Cheese School of San Francisco
Best Chocolatier – Christopher Elbow

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Best Movie Theater – The Roxy Theater
Best Rep Film House – Castro Theatre
Best Museum – Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum
Best Art Gallery – SF MOMA
Best Dance Company – Solar Flare Fire Dancing
Best Theater Company – SF Oasis
Best Performance Space – SF Jazz
Best Film Festival – Noir City
Best Arts Festival – SF ZineFest
Best Music Festival – NoisePop
Best Book Publisher – Viz Comics
Best Record Label – Prank Records
Best Band – Chrome
Best Singer / Songwriter – Bob Mould
Best DJ – DJ Bearzbub
Best Live Music Venue – Bottom of the Hill
Best Overall Nightlife Venue – DNA Lounge
Best Overall Dance Party – Breakfast of Champions
Best Rock Club – Thee Parkside
Best Jukebox – Molotov’s
Best Overall Queer Party – SF Pride
Best Drag Show – It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Drag King Revue
Best Drag Queen – D’Arcy Drollinger
Best Burlesque – The Devil-Ettes
Best Comedian – Drew Platt
Best Literary Night – Lunada Literary Lounge

SHOPPING

Best Store Staff – Nancy Boy
Best Overall Bookstore – Borderlands Books
Best Used Bookstore – Green Apple Books
Best Comic Book Store – Isotope
Best Record Store – Thrillhouse Records
Best Women’s Clothing Store – Acrimony
Best Men’s Clothing Store – Jake
Best Local Designer(s) – Jake Wall
Best Shoe Store – Fluevog
Best Hardware Store – Cole Hardware
Best Toy Store – Heroes Club / Art of Toys
Best Bike Shop – Market Street Cycles
Best Gift Shop – Aloha Warehouse
Best Sporting Goods – DLX Skateboards
Best Sweets / Chocolate Shop – Christopher Elbow
Best Newsstand – Fog City News
Best Place to Buy Lingerie – Dark Garden Corset Shop

Please do feel free to add your own suggestions in the comment section below, I always want to know about the amazing people and places that we might be missing out on! And check out our recommendations from previous years too for even more people and places to love in SF. Join us in showing our favorite locals some love, we’re on the final week of voting, so don’t delay on getting your voices heard! On behalf of all of the small business folks here in SF… thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping keep our city the magical and delightful place that it is!

SF Bay Guardian’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Poll 2017




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