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The Very Best Places to Party While Dolores Park Is Closed Until 2015

Ian Eck | March 4, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

A few months overdue and a couple mill over budget, the renovation of the northern half of Dolores Park has begun at last. The city is closing the north half of the park on March 13 for renovations that are expected to last for seven months, after which the south half will be closed for its own sprucing up. Unfortunately, this means that for the next six months all you sun bathers, Frisbee tossers, and tall can sippers are gonna have to either squeeze into the remaining eight acres of grass or head elsewhere for your lazy Sunday fun. We understand that the haven of the Dolo Park melting pot cannot be replicated. The festival-esque mashup of city diversity will now be forced to break off and drift out into other niches of the city, like so many sun-drenched leaves, looking for fresh patches of grass to lay-about on.

But don't worry, there are more than enough outdoor alternatives in the city. And whatever your flavor of park fun may be, we have a substitute lined up for you:

For the dog-lovers: With lax leash laws and a substantial dog park, Duboce Park is where it’s at for a game of fetch and a good roll around in the grass with your best pal. Just be sure to clean up after your pooch.

For the sportsman: Head over to Frat Mason. Sure, the crowd is cleaner-cut, and the color palette turns paler, but the people like to frolic in the sun all the same. Whether it’s corn-hole, volleyball, or spikeball, these fratstars come ready to play. Be sure to bring you’re A-game though. Bros don’t mess around like that.

For the “Looking” crowd: Don’t fret. You’re beloved vantage point at the Southwest corner will remain untouched by the construction. For now. But enjoy it while you can, because renovations of the south side of the park will commence once the north side is finished.

For the hip at heart: Scout for possible future living situations in the East Bay. Lake Merritt provides ample views of downtown Oakland, and a walk around the lake will have you mingling with a Dolores-esque diversity of people. If you're looking to get even further away from it all, take a hike in the magical realm of Redwood Regional Park.

For the beer snob: Stroll into one of the city’s glorious beer gardens. We like Zeitgeist in the Mission and Biergarten in Hayes Valley, but look around and you'll find plenty of outdoor drinking venues in the city. Get outside with some good people, good food, and good beery conversation.

For the yuppie transplant: Check out one of those delightful new Mission hangouts. You know, the cute, quaint, cleaned-up ones. They may be less spicy (and more pricey) than Farolito, but, you know, they’re just...nice. Take El Techo on Mission Street. It gives you a great view of the city and puts you well above all those unpleasant odors and roving hobos on Mission Street, allowing you to nod your head and say without irony, "The Mission is cool."

For the tourist: Alamo Square gives you some beautiful views of the city, and you can even check out those colorful Victorians from the "Full House" credits, what we call the "Painted Ladies."

For the cold water and pot truffle entrepreneur: You probably have a scheme worked out already. But perhaps you’ll find some helado- and truffle-buyers amongst the disc golfers in Golden Gate Park. As for your hand-made wares? We hear Etsy is doing great things these days.

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