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Dining, Bouncer More Bars in More Places: Bouncer Signs Off

More Bars in More Places: Bouncer Signs Off

Composer John Cage was big on something called "chance operations." He would use the I Ching to help him write, compose, and make art by tossing the tiles and using the random symbols that came up to lead him to…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Pays Tribute at Tribune Tavern

Bouncer Pays Tribute at Tribune Tavern

No one was more shocked than Oakland when Oakland was ranked at No. 5 in The New York Times' "45 Places To Go" list last year. It's now Brooklyn by the Bay, with massive hipster cred and gourmet ghettos replacing…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Finds Trivial Pursuits at Shotwell's

Bouncer Finds Trivial Pursuits at Shotwell's

When Shotwell's first opened over 120 years ago it had the adorable sobriquet, the Schlichtmann & Bredhofy Grocery Saloon, which was some sort of Deutch one-stop shop and home of the "backroom grog shop" if you were in need of…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Gets Meta at the Tonga Room

Bouncer Gets Meta at the Tonga Room

The Tonga Room always fills me with gratitude. Gratitude that it wasn't demolished. Gratitude that kitsch has a revered place in any civil society. Gratitude that the happy hour buffet they serve always sounds promising yet ends up tasting gnarly.…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Appreciates the Vastness of Eclipse Lounge

Bouncer Appreciates the Vastness of Eclipse Lounge

Admit it, we've all peed at the Hyatt Regency. It's centrally located downtown, is gigantic enough that no one will give you shit for crashing the loo, and you can even squeeze in a nap in one of the chairs…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Re-Discovers Oaklandia at Room 389

Bouncer Re-Discovers Oaklandia at Room 389

For me, homegrown Oakland businesses have a "Let's put on a show!" energy that is cute mixed with arrrrrghh. "It'll be a performance space! We'll have farm-to-table nibbles! Local artists will show their work! Burlesque! Bike repair workshops! Ladies' sewing…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Gets Cultured at the de Young Cafe

Bouncer Gets Cultured at the de Young Cafe

Art museums are like high school reunions: The idea sounds horrible until you actually get in there and wander around ... and eventually you leave with a positive life-affirmation. The stuff you thought you wanted to see (the Diebenkorn retrospective,…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Gets a Critic's Revenge at Anchor Brewing Company

Bouncer Gets a Critic's Revenge at Anchor Brewing Company

I took one look at the Anchor Brewing Company joint at SFO and was immediately hit with a cliché: Oh how the mighty have fallen. It looked like a Subway with beer taps. I had heretofore put off visiting this…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Reconnects With an Old Friend at Bouli Bar

Bouncer Reconnects With an Old Friend at Bouli Bar

In the era of Facebook, where I basically have reconnected with everyone I have ever worked, studied, lived, or had sex with, seeing an old friend probably doesn't have the same cachet it used to. However, what if that friend…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Escapes From Muni at The Salt House

Bouncer Escapes From Muni at The Salt House

A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to The Salt House. I was on the 38 and passing the time with my usual crossword when this lady across from me starts up a conversation. She was actually a male who…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Catalogues Hipster Society at Casanova Lounge

Bouncer Catalogues Hipster Society at Casanova Lounge

Bacon is the New Vampire Chickens are the new potbellied pigs. Bacon is the new vampire. But more on that later. It's been a long time since I have felt the pull of a gen-u-ine S.F. hipster bar. By the…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Gets Entrepreneurial at McCormick & Kuleto's

Bouncer Gets Entrepreneurial at McCormick & Kuleto's

Wow, is Ghirardelli Square ever lame. Holy shit. The restaurant and shopping area at the San Leandro BART station is La Rambla in comparison. The "Square" is basically a few levels of a strip mall, with the candy company at…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Feels the Sting of Success at Jellyfish Lounge

Bouncer Feels the Sting of Success at Jellyfish Lounge

Hanging out in bars in expensive restaurants is like playing dress-up; it's pretend. You might not be able to afford dinner there, but you can sit at the bar and order a beer and be a part of things. You…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Encounters a Pit Bull at Dinosaur BBQ

Bouncer Encounters a Pit Bull at Dinosaur BBQ

There are regulars at the bar at T-Rex, which seems odd at first when you consider that it's a BBQ joint, but not so odd when you remember that the only other bars in the area are Pyramid Alehouse and…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Indulges Her Love of "The Bachelorette" at the Horseshoe Tavern

Bouncer Indulges Her Love of "The Bachelorette" at the Horseshoe Tavern

I usually kick off each new season of The Bachelorette by hitting a Marina bar, and this year was no different. Trouble is, this season sucks really bad so far due to the absence of complete and total assholes and…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Flies High at McWineBar Vino Volo

Bouncer Flies High at McWineBar Vino Volo

Food-and-drink franchises at airports amaze me. Where else (except for the movies) will I gladly fork over ridiculous sums of money for a soft pretzel and a soda? I seem to have no problem buying a sub-par $18 lunch from…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Learns the Secrets of The Trappist

Bouncer Learns the Secrets of The Trappist

I'm a sucker for foodie-ish specialty brewing joints, so The Trappist can do no wrong. I can make fun of wine snobs all day, but somehow the blue-collar pomposity of the craft beer aficionado gets a pass. I'm not sure…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Tempts Fate at Top of the Mark

Bouncer Tempts Fate at Top of the Mark

Let's start with a little history about Top of the Mark, because I rarely lead with facts and I'm feelin' frisky. The hotel was built in 1926 on the site of the Mark Hopkins Mansion, which burned to a cinder…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Seeks Absolution at Locanda

Bouncer Seeks Absolution at Locanda

So, like, Locanda is apparently a restaurant. I didn't realize that until I crossed the threshold. Food & Wine listed it as a "must" on Valencia for its cocktails and bar snacks, so naturally I made a mental note to…
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Dining, Bouncer Bouncer Gets Out There At Twin Peaks Tavern

Bouncer Gets Out There At Twin Peaks Tavern

It's pretty essential to hit Twin Peaks Tavern as soon as the weather starts to get beautiful in the spring. I'm trying to surround myself with sweet, tender, and joyful things, and middle-aged gay men who get my ABBA allusions…
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