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It's easy to be hip at Blackbird. The indie rock is never too loud and the seasonally rotating cocktail menu can satisfy even the most obnoxious booze snob. With an extensive list of beers, a photo booth, and non-cheesy leather seats, you'd expect this bar to attract a pretentious set, but its Castro location keeps it mellow. Bar-goers from all points on the sexual spectrum down concoctions like the Blackbird Negroni - Blue Coat gin, Apersol, and Lillet Rouge - or a classic Pimm's Cup - Pimm's, Gin, cucumber, fresh strawberry, and ginger ale. The sass-free bartenders will briefly answer your questions about what goes in them. The joint is cash only to keep the service moving fast, but even the most decadent, wood-barrel aged cocktails will only set you back $10. For those who dare request swill in the face of a well-crafted menu, PBR and Tecate are on the menu, and since the staff is friendly, people will only silently judge you.

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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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