Weird SF—the Counterculture Lives
Collected by Liv Combe, AFAR Contributor
540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Crazy for Kerouac? Mad for Ginsberg? Head to the Beat Museum in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, where many of the writers, artists, and thinkers you’ll be learning about spent their time drinking and carousing in the 1950s...
4519, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
In an age when many independent bookstores have surrendered to the advance of chain stores and Amazon, City Lights is a true survivor. Since it was founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1956, it has served as a gathering place for San...
Folsom St, San Francisco, CA, USA
If there’s one situation where the warning “Not for Childen” is suitable, it’s the Folsom Street Fair. (The organizers, Folsom Street Events, suggest not bringing anyone under the age of 18.) Held annually on September 21st along Folsom Street in...
Dolores St & 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Mission Dolores Park, aka Delores Park, is one of the most popular parks in San Francisco, especially when the sun is out and the mercury is up. On a sunny weekend, you'll be hard pressed to find a patch of green to plant yourself on, but that's...
826 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Yep, you read that right: There is a Pirate Supply Store in the heart of the Mission! In their words: “We are a ragtag group of miscreants who sell pirate supplies in order to benefit the free programming that happens at our writing-tutoring...
650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
If rum is your drink of choice and you love nothing more than a good tiki bar, head to Smuggler’s Cove in Hayes Valley. This dark, pirate-themed bar has one of the best rum selections in the city, delicious cocktails made by talented...
Hippie Hill, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
In the center and western part of San Francisco is Golden Gate Park, 1,017 acres of natural beauty within the city. Along with miles of trails for running, biking, and walking, you’ll find lakes, botanical gardens, museums, windmills, and dozens...
429 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA
Built in 1922, the Castro Theatre is a San Francisco Designated Landmark and one of the city’s best-loved and most flamboyant institutions. The exterior juxtaposes a cathedral-like plaster façade with a gauche box-office marquee and vertical neon...