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Dining, SFoodie Pop Quiz, Hot Shot: S.F.'s 5 Best Trivia Nights

Pop Quiz, Hot Shot: S.F.'s 5 Best Trivia Nights

There’s nothing more satisfying than having your obscure knowledge of American serial killers validated by questions posed at bar trivia. Since San Francisco is full of smarties, it makes sense that there is a surplus of trivia hot spots…
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Best of San Francisco, Bars & Clubs

Hardest Working DJ in San Francisco

Paris Hilton, Elijah Wood, Thom Yorke, maybe even your 70-year-old grandmother — everyone is trying to be a DJ these days. But while the desire is there, many lack that all-consuming passion for music that lies in the heart of…
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Dining, Bouncer Playwrights Versus Trivia Nerds at Edinburgh Castle

Playwrights Versus Trivia Nerds at Edinburgh Castle

I love me some Edinburgh Castle; not everybody knows my name, but they are always glad I came. I think. It seemed the perfect place to meet up with a friend and go over our plans to write a play…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/23/12: Two Gallants and White Cloud Get Dreamy and Sad at Edinburgh Castle

Live Review, 2/23/12: Two Gallants and White Cloud Get Dreamy and Sad at Edinburgh Castle

Two Gallants White Cloud Greg Ashley Feb. 24, 2012 The Edinburgh Castle Better than: Taking a catnap after daytime drinking in the park. A night of Noise Pop at the cozy Edinburgh Castle put the audience in waves of sleep-like…
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Dining, SFoodie San Francisco's Top Five British Pubs

San Francisco's Top Five British Pubs

Let's face it, San Francisco: We wish we had lost the Revolutionary War. Hurray, we have the Tea Party! Wouldn't you really rather be in the EU? Then, when Oklahoma and Kansas and Alabama get together to elect President Bachmann,…
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Best of San Francisco, Bars & Clubs

Best Bar Dance Party

This dance party gets the records spinning every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. While the red Christmas lights could come across as gauche, they prove to be casually intimate as you and other stylish fauxhemians are transported to…
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Music, Bouncer

Chances Are? Questioning coincidence at Edinburgh Castle

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who believe in coincidence, and those who don't. I'm not sure which category I fall into yet. The folks who don't believe in fate claim we're much more likely to…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Black Mark On Your Record

A Black Mark On Your Record

Alan Black is the heart and soul of the Edinburgh Castle. If not for him, far fewer San Franciscans would have tempted the fate of their colons by ingesting haggis during an ode to the Ploughman Poet; nor would they…
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Music, Wack Attack

Wack Attack

When Chicago-based performance group the Ritualistic School of Errors made its West Coast debut at Edinburgh Castle recently, it was quite the spectacle. Fronted by artist Gregory Jacobsen, the troupe of strangely clad, masked freaks careened through a circus of…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Cock rock is a sacred American tradition, for both the penis and late '70s rock are righteous. Hence, so is GenderEnders' monthly rock showcase "Rock Out Without Your Cock Out" at Edinburgh Castle, which aims to defy established gender roles…
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Culture, Books The Pub in Publishing

The Pub in Publishing

A large woman in a miniskirted Santa suit perches on a barstool in front of me, drink in hand. Other Santas in various states of debauchery and exhaustion wander in as the night goes on; it's the 10th anniversary of…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Mojito

Best Mojito Much of the pleasure of a good cocktail comes from the ambience in which it's savored, viz., a sweetly potent margarita among the Christmas lights of La Rondalla; a tumbler of single malt at the dark 'n' moody…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Quiz Night

Having honed his skills in theater and stand-up comedy years ago while living in New York City, Carl Gibbs, host of the Edinburgh Castle's "Quiz Night," reveals that one of the reasons the Tuesday trivia event proves so popular is…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Quiz Night

Having honed his skills in theater and stand-up comedy years ago while living in New York City, Carl Gibbs, host of the Edinburgh Castle's "Quiz Night," reveals that one of the reasons the Tuesday trivia event proves so popular is…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature The Self-Loathing Hipster's Guide to [the Universe] S.F. Night Life

The Self-Loathing Hipster's Guide to [the Universe] S.F. Night Life

There's a particular, self-inflicted torture of participating in hipster night life -- the elephantine dichotomy in the tiny scene that no one seems all that eager to acknowledge: You always go out, and going out always sucks. Anyone who employs…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Music Feast

Music Feast

WED 5/28 What's the value of underground music? If it doesn't aim to get major-label attention, doesn't want to get on TV or even make a million bucks, what's the point? Some people would say it has none. Others, a…
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Music, House of Tudor House of Tudor

House of Tudor

The infectious ska hits that bounced across the British charts in 1979 may not have sounded as confrontational as their punk counterparts, but the bands that recorded them were intrinsically political. Being racially integrated, "2-tone" was as much a challenge…
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Culture, Stage

We're Going Down the Pub

This "play" at the Edinburgh Castle is really a variety show of skits about people who go to pubs a lot like the Edinburgh Castle. Full disclosure: I am one of those people. I did time in Boston as a…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Place to Sip Single Malt

Single malt whiskey, that rich, mellow distillation of barley, peat smoke, and Scots Highlands branch water, stands alongside cognac, grappa, and that relative upstart single-barrel bourbon as one of the world's great restoratives. Each single malt (and there are many)…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Hot Bar Street

The Mission bar scene is thriving, SOMA still has it going on, and the Lower Haight continues to be the city's premier bohemian drinking enclave. But if you want to know where it's fucking happening, man, get your ass down…
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