Spend the Weekend in the City
Written By: Jessica Gomes
Being a San Franciscan, we take pride in mixing business with pleasure, working all day, partying all night and when Saturday comes, the only thing on our mind is brunch, fresh squeezed orange juice and a bloody mary; maybe with a nap in the future before we head out again. We are the best at having fun while being casual with our friends and colleagues.
The Grove Fillmore
2016 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115 | 415.957.0558 | www.thegrovesf.com
Start the morning off with a bus ride to The Grove on Fillmore Street. If it’s the weekend, expect them to have a line to order and a wait to get a table and your food. To cure your hangover while you are waiting for your Breakfast Burrito, down a glass of their freshly squeezed orange juice. Sip on their Signature Bloody Soju Mary, it will be like eating a snickers bar, and your diva will be gone.
- The logo? That’s the owner’s dog, Ken’s Gretsch guitar, in a Grove of trees like they grew up in.
1858 & 1864 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123 | 415.923.9797 | www.ambiancesf.com
Nothing makes you feel better like a little retail therapy, so while you let your food digest make way for some shopping at some of the best boutiques around. A must stop while out spending your paycheck is Ambiance on Union Street. This has to be the best boutique in San Francisco with locations in four of the best neighborhoods in The City. Ambiance sells vintage-inspired dresses, chic urban separates, the hottest denim, party dresses, fabulous shoes and an array of accessories. The sales girls are amazing there and will help you with all of your styling needs; they are actually so awesome that you will probably leave with a new friend to meet up for drinks with later. Did I mention their incredible section dedicated to just sale items? I’m not talking a rack, I’m talking about a whole other room with everything from designer and name brand blouses, dresses, shoes and accessories all on sale. You could easily spend an hour or more looking through everything. You’re welcome!
- Best “sale” section for quality pieces
Yoga Flow SF
1892 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123 | 415.440.9642 | www.yogaflowsf.com
For a mid-day pick me up (and to sweat out the rest of that booze), pop over to Yoga Flow SF in Cow Hollow for some heated Vinyasa flow yoga. The studio is a two room space with gorgeous hardwood floors and offers a tree-house setting, allowing you to zen-out away from the hustle and bustle of the city. When your intense class is over take a cool shower and towel off with their free towel service while eating their complimentary oranges. Yum!
- “To help create 400, 000, 000 yogis by the year 2020.”
- “A steady yoga practice has the power to transform you physically, mentally and spiritually. A group of yogis has the power to transform a community and a community of yogis has the power to transform the world.”
598 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 | 415.829.7982 | www.maven-sf.com
“Maven executes a style of that is casual, while equally very competent, sacrificing neither comfort nor elegance.”
After sweating out the good stuff, call up some friends or fly solo and head over to Maven, an innovative bar and restaurant in the Lower Haight Neighborhood. Perfect for day drinking, order up one of their creative cocktails and chat up your neighbor at the bar or one of their communal tables. Before you know it you’ll be meeting up with people that evening from each of your stops throughout the day.
Spoke & Weal
850 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94133 | 415.800.7400 | www.spokeandweal.com
After you enjoy your cocktail and are done making new friends, head over to Spoke & Weal for a cut, color or wash and blow dry. Jon Reyman, the former Artistic Director for the Aveda Advanced Academy in New York opened this full service hair salon in San Francisco to bring the best of the best in hair to a city that lacks the “celebrity stylist” vibe. It’s Saturday, take a load off and get pampered.
“The 9 Rules of Spoke & Weal”
1) Beauty comes from within; feeling good is supported by personal care
2) We use natural, responsibly sourced products derived from plant and flower essences
3) Investment in high quality services and hair care products is worthwhile
4) The individual good is essential to the good of the community
5) Trend informs us – doesn’t define us!
6) Education is our foundation
7) Simplicity is best
8) Good hair makes us smile
9) We are part of something greater”
Sassi Beauty Salon
1956 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123 | 415.922.2998
If you aren’t in the mood to get your hair did, at least get your fingertips and toes done. Head over to Sassi Beauty Salon where the staff is super friendly and take very good care of you, is very well priced (a gel mani and regular pedi is $45), sanitary, and they carry all the best lines of polish.
560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117 | 415.863.8643 | www.nopasf.com
After you get that afternoon nap in or perhaps binge watching your favorite Netflix series, get yourself ready for a Saturday night out and head to Nopa off Divisadero at Hayes for some late night, ingredient focused, California eats and craft drinks in the lively, 2-story big city setting. Meet your friends here and sit at the bar, or try to get a seat on the second level overlooking the entire venue. You can see the worker-bees putting dishes together in the kitchen, mixologists multi tasking behind the bar with their fresh ingredients and enjoy the people watching of those down below.
- They have another restaurant, Nopalito, which is an organic Mexican kitchen.
- They serve dinner until 1:00 am
488 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102 | www.brasstackssf.com
If you are still up for more on this Saturday night, head over to Brass Tacks where Rudy is slinging the finest craft cocktails in the packed location. This location was started by well known bartenders Anthony Healy-London (of Churchill), Josh McAdam (Nopa), and Matty Conway (Absinthe) working together to create a fun, casual atmosphere with some of the best drinks and spirit collection in town. Each time this place is visited you walk out with new friends who are from all over the world. Not picky? Ask the bartender to mix something up for you—dealers choice.
- For you whiskey lovers they serve Pappy Van Winkle by the glass.