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Dining, SFoodie Fairmont Hotel Takes Modern Approach to Classic Cocktails

Fairmont Hotel Takes Modern Approach to Classic Cocktails

There's a reason why the classics become classics. They're timeless, and they're damn good. In the realm of cocktails, familiar names like Martini, Old Fashioned, Boulevardier, Manhattan, immediately come to mind. If you're going to tinker with drinks like…
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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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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Goes Apiary at the Fairmont

Bouncer Goes Apiary at the Fairmont

You may not know this, but there is a bar besides the Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel. It sits at the back of the Laurel Court restaurant, which is off the main lobby. I stumbled into it after hiking…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Nice Ride

A Nice Ride

San Francisco is so picturesque largely because of plate tectonics (the hills) and the ballsy T-square manipulations of great thinkers in tweed trousers (turn-of-the-20th-century architects). Two of the latter were the Reid Brothers, who built many fine monolithic, here-forever buildings…
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News, The Snitch Obama Frenzy at the Fairmont -The Super-Tuesday Fog Lifts

Obama Frenzy at the Fairmont -The Super-Tuesday Fog Lifts

By John Geluardi The Grand Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel is a venerable place to hold an election night gathering for supporters of political candidates like Sen. Barack Obama. It just feels important, all that grand late 19th century…
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Music, Bouncer

Hill Street Blues

There has to be a phrase for feeling nostalgic for things that never were. Or maybe that is actually the very definition of nostalgia. At any rate, that was the mood I was in: I had a bittersweet longing for…
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News, The Apologist

Maid in San Francisco

For the past several weeks, more than 4,000 workers in the Unite Here Local 2 union have been on strike or locked out from 14 of San Francisco's swankiest hotels, including the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, the Fairmont, and the Four…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Five Best Ways to Impress Your Date

You've met the biped of your dreams at the corner laundromat and, wonder of wonders, she's agreed to go out with you this Saturday. Don't blow it! Follow the instructions below and even if you impress your date so much…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Bar for an Illicit Rendezvous

Deep-pocketed tourists with a yen for a view go to the Top of the Mark, while thirsty visitors of marginally lesser incomes gravitate to the Fairmont bar. That leaves the classy, low-key den in the foyer of the Big Four…
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Dining, Eat

In the House

Once upon a time, I played what you might call a dual role at this newspaper, penning the occasional news story along with the occasional restaurant review. I suppose I was more qualified to do the former, having worked for…
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News, Night Crawler Laugh Tracks

Laugh Tracks

Even a quick visit to the bathrooms inside the Fairmont Hotel can be a disarming, potentially infinite journey for a Mission lowlander like myself. It's a pageant of sensory opulence -- the rich carpeting running beneath ornate makeup tables, the…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best Unapologetic Gluttony

It's hard to beat a muffin and a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning. Unless you throw in, say, a half-dozen glasses of champagne, poached salmon, smoked salmon, oysters, mussels, seviche, eggs Benedict, omelets, fresh-squeezed orange juice, French toast,…
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Best of San Francisco, People & Places

Best Four-Block Stretch of Movie Locations

With its photogenic hilltops, sparkling views, Barbary Coast-beatnik mystique, and atmospheric fog, San Francisco's a great place to make a movie, as generations of filmmakers have discovered. Begin your minitour of local cinematic haunts in front of the Fairmont, the…
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Dining, Eat Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Respite from the dark chill of night has, since prehistoric times, been the driving force behind solstice celebrations from yule logs to menorahs, but as a snow-ignorant California boy I have had to take a lot of this on faith.…
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Culture, Stage

Here We Come a Carol-ing

There's something especially provocative about the way Theatre of Yugen's Noh Christmas Carol merges Dickens' classic English novel with the conventions of ancient Japanese theater. Two powerful traditions -- one a familiar story that has become ritualized, the other a…
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Dining, Eat


Don't Cry for Me, Jeremiah How do tourists decide where to eat? If you're a well-heeled visitor staying at one of the city's top hotels, you need go no farther than the concierge desk. And Nancy Oakes, chef/owner of Boulevard,…
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