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Love Thy Neighbor(hood)

Annie Tittiger, | January 16, 2012 | Lifestyle Story City Life

THE SUNSET

The Singles:
Mid-20s to early 30s, everyone from UCSF students (great prospects, ginormous student loans) to surfer dudes.

Where to Find ‘em:
Enjoying happy hour (and free food) at Riptide; drying off after catching some waves; hitting the books at Wooly Pig Cafe.

Typical First Date:
Coffee followed by a brew at Java Beach; Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences.

More Than Just a Hookup:
Dinner at Outerlands—casual yet romantic and pricey enough to say “serious”; the Sutro ruins, followed by a table for two at the Cliff House (historic landmark = meaningful).

Isn’t It Romantic (Cough, Cheap):
Dim sum takeout from TC Pastry; a long walk through the park; a bonfire on the beach wrapped in a big blanket.

(S)he’s Just Not That Into You:
If (s)he insists on driving—the hood is big but not that big—then shows up an hour late, insisting she got lost on
the great highway.

How Far For love?
The N-Judah goes from one end of the city to the other, assuming no Muni meltdowns.

THE MARINA

The Singles:
Twentysomething ex–frat boys, ex–sorority girls, and financial district types.

Where to Find ’em:
Balboa Cafe, Campus, Eastside West, the Tipsy Pig.

Typical First Date:
A glass of wine at Bin 38 or Terzo, where you spend most of your time talking about mutual friends on Facebook.

More Than Just a Hookup:
Heading north over the Golden Gate Bridge for the day, then dinner and pool with his/her friends at the Horseshoe Tavern.

Isn’t It Cheap/Romantic:
Takeout from the Sandwich Spot or Blue Barn Gourmet, and a double-date picnic on Marina Green (the two of you and your dogs).

(S)he’s Just Not That Into You:
Late drinks at Monaghan’s or KT’s, where (s)he spends the
whole time checking out the other hot guys/girls on the sly.

How Far For love?
Anywhere on the 45/41 and 22 buses (Russian Hill, North
Beach, Pac Heights); the 43 bus line (Haight/Panhandle) if you’re feeling adventurous.

RUSSIAN HILL/NOB HILL

The Singles:
It seems like everyone is 32 with a decent-paying job within walking distance (even if the office is just Peet’s).

Where to Find ‘em:
Crunch fitness, the Buccaneer, Bullitt, the sushi-to-go section
at Whole Foods.

Typical First Date:
Breakfast the next morning.

More Than Just a Hookup:
A sober make-out session; brunch at Rex or the Bell Tower followed by a few hours of roaming around the neighborhood (you will definitely run into people you know).

Isn’t It Cheap/Romantic:
Sunday afternoon hike to Aquatic Park; sundae night at the Loving Cup.

(S)he’s Just Not That Into You:
Drinks at Tonic or Shanghai Kelly’s, where (s)he is nasty to the
server.

How Far For love?
The 49 bus goes to the Mission, but that’s a whole different universe.

THE MISSION

The Singles:
Geek entrepreneurs, diyers, hipsters, artsy coffee freaks with laptops.

Where to Find ‘em:
Enjoying some cheap beer–and–amateur DJ action at the Attic; sipping bean juice at Ritual Coffee Roasters or Revolution Café; getting a healthy-burrito fix at Papalote; climbing at Mission Cliffs.

Typical First Date:
Beer at the Monk’s Kettle; coffee and baked goods at Mission Pie—you go halfsies whether or not (s)he works in
tech.

More Than Just a Hookup:
Delfina à deux or Mission Chinese with a group of friends,
followed by a cab, not a walk, home.

Isn’t It Cheap/Romantic:
Sandwiches from Rhea’s and a hike up Bernal Hill or Twin
Peaks to enjoy the views.

(S)he’s Just Not That Into You:
Drinks on a weekday instead of a weekend, then a way-too-lengthy stopover in the public restroom at 16th and Mission.

How Far For Love?
Buses go everywhere, and much of the city is a cinch by bike—but plenty of Missionites won’t even venture to the other side
of South Van Ness or 24th street for a fling.

NOPA

The Singles:
Thirtysomethings on skateboards, fashion designers, culture
writers, artsy carpenters, foodies, families, and cyclists on a beer break.

Where to Find ‘em:
Eating a homemade pop-tart at Matching Half Cafe; taking
classes in sewing, mixology, or heavy metal aerobics at Workshop; biking up the Wiggle.

Typical First Date:
Sake and conversation in the Corkerage parklet; live music or a free movie at the Independent.

More Than Just a Hookup:
Thursday cocktails at Nopa; then bahn mi from Rice, Paper, Scissors, the Vietnamese pop-up in Mojo Bicycle café;
then more drinks at Mini Bar or Bar 821; then bed.

Isn’t It Cheap/Romantic:
Deep-dish pizza from Little Star for a picnic in the panhandle;
liquor-store champagne for dessert.

(S)he’s Just Not That Into You:
“Let’s grab a box of chicken from Popeye’s and head to the Haight.”

How Far For Love?
Mission and Hayes Valley are Nopa’s soulmates, but the rest
of the city’s either too hectic or too lame.

SOMA

The Singles:
Hipsters, freelance graphic designers, Twitter employees, rich
MBAs who can afford the Millennium towers.

Where to Find ‘em:
Sipping espresso and playing with an ipad at Sightglass; picking poop off the gravel at Mission Creek Dog
Park; grabbing a cubano sandwich at Ironside at lunch.

Typical First Date:
Tea at Samovar; drinks at Terroir, City Beer, or the rooftop bar at Blue Stem.

More Than Just a Hookup:
Dinner at South Park Café.

Isn’t It Cheap/Romantic:
Ice skating at Yerba Buena; a walk to the waterfront and a
makeout session behind AT&T park; a picnic at the Alice Street Community Gardens.

(S)he’s Just Not That Into You:
Drinks at Hotel Utah Saloon or House of Shields.

How Far For Love?
The Mission, the Castro, and Hayes Valley are only a bus ride away.

TEMESCAL

The Singles:
Twentysomethings on bikes; thirtysomethings who like the low-key vibe (it’s not Valencia…yet); fortysomethings who
moved in before it was cool (or relatively safe).

Where to Find ‘em:
Having drinks at Kingfish; standing in line for fried-chicken
sandwiches at Bakesale Betty’s; taking art classes at Studio One; ogling the root vegetables and sipping Blue Bottle at the Sunday morning farmers’ market.

Typical First Date:
Brunch at Mama’s Royal Café or the Mixing Bowl, scoops at Scream Sorbet.

More Than Just a Hookup:
Doing laps together at the salinated Temescal pool; sitting down at Pizzaiolo or Doña Tomas.

Isn’t It Cheap/Romantic:
An easy early-morning bike ride and picnic at Lake Temescal; then a leisurely afternoon of browsing/showing off your musical chops at 1234 Gorecords.

(S)he’s Just Not That Into You:
Coffee at Golden Gate Donuts, then a mumbled excuse about not wanting to miss your Bart train.

How Far For Love?
Bike or Bart to Berkeley or the Mission (but only on weekends
or noncommute hours); Rockridge is nearby but filled with families (possibly including Mom and Dad).

PALO ALTO

The Singles:
Late 20s to mid-30s startup engineers and gamer types with lots of disposable income (yearly salary averages $121K for men, $83K for women).

Where to Find ‘em:
Yoga and exercise classes at the Decathlon Club; Old
Pro; Nola’s; the Office in redwood City (if you’re looking for a guy).

Typical First Date:
Coffee at Coupa Café in Palo Alto, Cascal on Castro street in
Mountain View, or Bonsai in Menlo park.

More Than Just a Hookup:
Drinks and dinner at Joya.

Isn’t It Cheap/Romantic:
Cantor Art museum and the sculpture garden; hiking at the Dish.

(S)he’s Just Not That Into You:
(S)he stops texting just long enough to yawn.

How Far For Love?
Everyone has a car, so Fremont or even Oakland is totally doable for the right person.



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