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Punk's guide to San Francisco : People email Prank all the time about visiting the Bay Area, so we thought we would include a section on the site of the common listings we return and places we like. Locals and not, email any suggestions, additions or ideas.

THE LIST is the ultimate source for listings of punk shows in the Bay Area. "Steve List" who does this site is one of the unsung heroes of the Bay Area punk scene. "The List" is often the only listing for house, warehouse and other underground shows.

ALCOHOLOCAUST promotes punk shows and DJ events at various Bars (21+) in San Francisco and Oakland near weekly.

A very partial list, check THE LIST for complete Bay Area venue info.
924 GILMAN STREET Berkeley :All Ages shows on the weekends only, all shows require you become a member with a 1-year membership card for $2, shows are between $7 and $10. No Alcohol, drugs, idiots. You can show up at 7 PM and volunteer to work the show (Clean up, Hand stamps,etc) to get in shows for free.

ELBO ROOM (21+) 647 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA bar that hosts the occasional Metal and punk shows.

Hemlock Tavern (21+) 1131 Polk Street San Francisco 94109 : http://www.hemlocktavern.com/ 21+Bar with a back room that hosts all types of music, including metal and punk.

1234go! (All Ages) 420 40th Street Suite #5 Oakland, CA 94609 : Website One of the Bay Area's best Punk Rock Record stores has a show space. Shows are early 7 to 10 PM, All ages and there is no drinking /drugs allowed at the venue. 1234go is walking distance ( 4 blocks) from MacArthur BART train.

OAKLAND METRO (All Ages) 630 3rd Street Oakland, CA 94607 :
Website Large non-profit venue with small and large rooms that host punk and metal shows. Don't leave anything visible in your car when parking near venue.

The Knockout (21+) 3223 Mission Street San Francisco 94110 :
Website Does all types of Shows, Alcoholocaust usually throws punk shows on Tuesdays.

Thee Parkside (21+) 1600 17th Street San Francisco 94107 :
http://www.theeparkside.com/ Punk, Hardcore,Garage and rawk bar with live shows.

KALX 90.7 FM ( East Bay) http://kalx.berkeley.edu/
KDVS 90.3 FM ( Davis/Sacramento) http://www.kdvs.org/
KFJC 89.7 FM ( South Bay) http://www.kfjc.org/
KZSU 90.1 FM ( South Bay) http://kzsu.stanford.edu/
KUSF.ORG ( San Francisco) Website Online Only.
KUSF hosts quarterly "Rock'n' Swaps" record swaps, check their site for the schedule.
Maximum Rock 'n' Roll Radio http:// www.maximumrocknroll.com/radio/ is downloadable online, but also aired on the micropower stations listed below:
Free Radio Santa Cruz 101. 1 FM ( Santa Cruz)
Pirate Cat Radio 89.7 FM ( San Francisco)
Western Addition Radio 93.7 FM ( San Francisco)
http:// www.westaddradio.com/westaddradio.htm


Rainbow Grocery 1745 Folsom, San Francisco http://www.rainbowgrocery.org/ giant health food co-op with lots of ex-epicenter, label running, bass playing folks putting the tofu on the shelves.

Isotope Comics 326 Fell Street, San Francisco Website Renegade comic shop for serious comic fans and adults, No Pokemon cards, no action figures, Just comics, the owner and workers beyond helpful in recommendations. Great parties.

Comix Experience 305 Divasdero Street San Francisco 94117 http://www.comixexperience.com/ Great, well organized and lit comic shop with excellent in house publications, Fanboy Rampage! and a rockin' 25 cent bin.

Green Apple Books 506 Clement Street San Francisco 94118 http://www.greenapplebooks.com/ Huge new and used book store with an additional music annex that also stocks vinyl and CD's.

Bound Together Books 1369 Haight Street 94117 Collective-owned Anarchist Bookstore.

Needles and Pens 'Zine store 3253 16th Street San Francisco 94103 http://www.needles-pens.com/ tons and tons of 'zines, DIY goods and an art gallery.

Lost Weekend Video- 1034 Valencia St. San Francisco 94110 Video / DVD rental store, amazing selection, punk owned. Mind blowing selection of rare punk video rentals.

Super 7 1630 Post Street San Francisco 94115 http://www.super7store.com/ Amazing Japanese import toy shop.

Anchor Steam Beer Brewery tour:
http:// www.anchorbrewing.com/about_us/tourinfo.htm
Takara Sake tasting room and Museum:
San Francisco Museum of Modern art: Free first Tuesday of the Month
Yerba Buena Center For the Arts: free First Tuesday of the Month
Exploratorium: Free First Wednesday of the month
California Academy Of Sciences: Free First Wednesday of the month
DeYoung Museum - Free the first Tuesday of the month
Oakland Museum of California: Free Second Sunday of the month
Golden Gate Park- Free, Starts at the end of Haight Street and goes all the way to the Ocean, pack a lunch, find the buffalo.
http://www.sfgate.com/traveler/graphics/ maps/golden_gate_park_large.gif Golden Gate National Recreation Area: Mostly free Huge park including some of San FranciscoíƒÙs nicest beaches: China Beach, Baker Beach and the amazing views from the Marin headlands.
http://www.nps.gov/goga/ sites.htm

Oh yeah, it's not Free, but if you want to go to Alcatraz- book a ticket before you come here: http:// www.blueandgoldfleet.com/ as they are often sold out for days/ weeks/months in advance.

House of Faith- Oakland http://www.unitydatabasedesign.com/story.htm Bart Thurber has been recording punk and hardcore for years, including Several prank Releases, much of the local 625 thrash records and local Oakland punk
Dutch Oven- Alameda- http://www.yourmother.com/dutchoven/ Prank has yet to use them, but it's Craig from What happens Next/ Your Mother's new studio.


Punk Stuff: http://www.punkstuff.com/ hardcore punk and horror T-shirts and merch Try here for Born/Dead, Avskum, World Burns to Death merch

Bad Skulls : http://www.badskulls.com/ Punk and Indie shirts as well as Custom T-shirt printing. Try here for Artimus Pyle, Dead and Gone, Totalitar, Guyana Punch Line, Talk Is Poison T-shirts.

AK Press http://www.akpress.org/ Anarchist collective book publisher and distributor.

There are tons of great places to eat in the Bay Area. "Can't list 'em all" Tons.Throw a rock, you'll probably hit an awesome Thai, Mexican or cheap Indian place it's easy for a vegetarian to get a good meal at. You can also try the Bay Area Vegetarians restaurant finder (http://www.bayareaveg.org/ ), but Here's some faves / highlights/ vegan suggestions to get you started :

Golden Lotus 1301 Franklin Street Oakland 94612 Incredibly tasty Vietnamese- all vegetarian in Downtown Oakland. Go on a weekend and the Table next to you is likely to be a Ex-member of Dystopia or Econochrist. There’s also a related location in San Francisco in the Richmond called “golden Buddhaâ€832 Clement Street.

Great Wall 6247 College Avenue, Oakland Awesome All-Veggie Chinese with mock meat.

Lanesplitters Pizza http:// www.lanesplitterpizza.com/ 2033 San Pablo ave, Berkeley / 4799 Telegraph Oakland. Makes Vegan cheese slices, though "dough contains refined sugar". Good Pint+ Slice deals.

Picante 1328 6th Street Berkeley 94710. ThereíƒÙs not a lot to eat around 924 Gilman Street. Don't be scared off by all the yuppies and their kids, this Mexican Restaurant has a Vegetarian/ Vegan menu with Burritos, tacos and more. Not bargain basement, but tasty.

Red Sea 5200 Claremont Oakland 94618 http://www.redseaeastbay.com/ Great Eritrean / Ethiopian Food.


Blue Bottle Coffee Co. 315 Linden Street San Francisco, CA 94102 http://www.herbivore- restaurant.com/ two locations of All-Vegan restaurant with a diverse menu, killer desserts.

Jay's Cheesesteak 3285 21st Street San Francisco, CA 94110 – also at 533 Divisadero San Francisco, CA 94117. Makes a mean Seitan Cheesesteak!!!

Love'n' Haight 533 Haight Street 94117 Deli with lots of vegetarian /vegan options/Fake meat deli sandwiches. Deli Counter with a few seats, great for take out. Open late.

Lucky Creation 854 Washington 94108 Simple and cheap veggie /vegan Chinese and dim sum.

Papalote- 3409 24th street http://www.papalote-sf.com/ Vegetarian and vegan friendly tacqueria with Soyrizo Burritos and Mole' Tofu Burritos and more.Also with a location at 1777 Fulton Street San Francisco 94117

Tacqueria Can-Cun 2288 Mission Street. 94110 Always get voted "best Vegetarian burrito", but people in San Francisco can argue that like New Yorkers and Chicago-ans argue Hot Dogs and Pizza. Authentic, which means not for vegans. Stand outside, look diagonally across the street , shed a tear for Mission records ( R.I.P.).

Thai House Express 901 Larkin 94109 Fast,cheap thai Food in the tenderloin. Vegetarian- friendly and open late.

Annapoorna Vegetarian South Indian 2299 S. El Camino Real San Mateo, CA 94403 http://www.annapoornavegetarian.com/ So worth the trip to San Mateo, Incredible and inexpensive South Indian Food. Our favorite restaurant in the bay Area.


Amoeba Music -http://www.amoebamusic.com/ A must visit in San Francisco-Grocery store-sized warehouse of music! Tons of vinyl, 45's, budget CD's and Lp's, and a decent new punk selection. The Berkeley Store has better selection of new hardcore and punk, seems a little cheaper, and also seems to get in a wider range of oddball, obscure and unique used records., while the SF store seems to get more rarities.

Aquarius Records 1055 Valencia Street San Francisco 94110 http://www.aquariusrecords.org/ Although they only have a small vinyl section, they have an unbeatable import selection of indie, experimental, alternative CD's as well as one of the best Metal Sections in town and are San Francisco's oldest independent music store. The original Location in the castro between 18th and 19th on Castro was where the various members of the Dead kennedy's placed bulletin board "form a band" ads to eventually Form the DK's.

Axis Records and Comics http:// www.axisrecordsandcomics.com/ Axis Records and Comics Closed their physical location but you can find them online. This weblink takes you to their Ebay store filled with heaps or records, comics, role playing games, toys, memorabilia and more. Heaps of punk records, new and old.

Grooves 1797 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Collectors vinyl store of all types of music, the cool thing about this store is “they’ll give anything a go†so you then find yourself turning up the KRYZYS LP from Poland or something equally obscure.

Mod Lang 6328 Fairmount Ave, Rear. El Cerrito, CA http://www.modlang.com/ Specializes in British Imports, Brit-Pop and Indie but also used vinyl and rarities.

Rasputin's http://www.rasputinmusic.com/ Lots of locations in the Bay Area, the Berkeley Store ( 2401 Telegraph) is the most vinyl-heavy with a good new and used punk selection.

Red Devil Records 894 Fourth Street San Rafael 94901 http://www.svn.net/reddevil/ Just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Downtown San Rafael, Red Devil probably has the best selection of punk rarities in the Bay Area making it well worth the trip and $5 bridge toll. Great store that also stocks new punk and has lots of obscure new hard-to-get 7" releases.

Streetlight-http:// www.streetlightrecords.com/ There's three Bay Area locations- the San Francisco Location which has vinyl upstairs and while not punk heavy, has been home to more than one incredible score and is always worth a look ( 2350 Market Street 94114 (near Castro). The 24th street Location (3979 24th Street 94114) has a good selection and again “you never knowâ€factor. Solid section of new punk. .

THRILLHOUSE RECORDS 3422 Mission Street 94112- http://www.thrillhouserecords.com/sfStore.html New not for profit punk collective store and label, great prices and selection of new and used punk and hardcore. They also do shows sometimes.

TIME TUNNEL TOYS - 532 S. Bascom San Jose- http://www.timetunneltoys.com A neat collectibles- Records,toys, comics, tiki mugs and other collectibles shop in San Jose, down the street from the Rasputins and Streetlight. They have a nice selection of used punk records and also sponsor the San Jose Super Toy, Comic & Record Show which is held twice a year- details here: