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Love Thy Neighbor(hood): SoMa vs. The Sunset

Olivia Martin and Annie Tittiger | January 20, 2012 | Lifestyle Story City Life News and Features Neighborhoods

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.
-O.M.

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.
-A.T.

THE MIDDLE GROUND

If you're an Apple engineer who finds yourself hopelessly in love with a surfboard-toting bum, fear not. There's a way to meet in the middle. Although the Haight seems to be your best bet, which leaves you with culinary options like the Squat and Gobble.

More on neighborhood romance:
Temescal vs. Palo Alto
Russian/Nob Hill vs. NoPa
The The Marina vs. The Mission

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