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Top Choice Cultural Center in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

826 Valencia

Avast, ye scurvy scalawags! If ye be shipwrecked without yer eye patch or McSweeney's literary anthology, lay down ye doubloons and claim yer booty at this here nonprofit Pirate Store. Below decks, kids be writing t…
Top Choice Park in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Dolores Park

Semiprofessional tanning and taco picnics: welcome to San Francisco's sunny side. Dolores Park has something for everyone, from street ball and tennis to the Mayan-pyramid playground (sorry, kids: no blood sacrifice…
Top Choice Public Art in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Balmy Alley

Inspired by Diego Rivera's 1930s San Francisco murals and provoked by US foreign policy in Central America, 1970s Mission muralistas (muralists) led by Mia Gonzalez set out to transform the political landscape, one …
Top Choice Bar in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Trick Dog

Drink adventurously with ingenious cocktails inspired by local obsessions: San Francisco muralists, Chinese diners or conspiracy theories. Every six months, Trick Dog adopts a new theme and the entire menu changes –…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

%ABV

As kindred spirits will deduce from the name (the abbreviation for 'percent alcohol by volume'), this bar is backed by cocktail crafters who know their Rittenhouse rye from their Japanese malt whisky. Top-notch hooc…
Top Choice Californian in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Al's Place

The Golden State dazzles on Al's plates, featuring homegrown heirloom ingredients, pristine Pacific seafood, and grass-fed meat on the side. Painstaking preparation yields sun-drenched flavors and exquisite textures…
Top Choice Gallery in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Anglim Gilbert Gallery

The Bay Area hits the big time here, with gallerist Ed Gilbert continuing Anglim's 30-year legacy of launching art movements from Beat assemblage to Bay Area conceptualists. Major gallery artists range from politica…
Top Choice Notable Building in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Women's Building

The nation's first women-owned-and-operated community center has quietly done good work with 170 women's organizations since 1979, but the 1994 addition of the Maestrapeace mural showed the Women's Building for the …
Top Choice Clothing in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Gravel & Gold

Get back to the land and in touch with California's roots without leaving sight of a Mission sidewalk. Gravel & Gold celebrates California's hippie homesteader movement with hand-printed smock-dresses, signature…
Top Choice Books in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Adobe Books & Backroom Gallery

Wall-to-wall inspiration – just-released fiction, limited-edition art books, rare cookbooks, well-thumbed poetry – plus 'zine launch parties, comedy nights and art openings. Mingle with Mission characters debating a…