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Epicenter of the bohemian, avant-garde scene

Business Not As Usual

Stompers Boots
Find those boots that display your true virility. The selection includes Biker Boots, Riding Boots and "law enforcement" gloves.
323 10th Street at Folsom
(415) 255-6422 -- www.stompersboots.com
M-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun Noon-5pm

The Packaging Company
Mind-boggling array of bags, shipping material, and gift boxes for all of your packaging needs.
1255 Howard Street between 8th and 9th
(415) 558-8100 -- www.the-packaging-store.com
M-F 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-4pm

Combination cafe/bar/laundromat/club; a place to hang out, spin dry, play pinball, grab a bite to eat and perhaps catch some live music (Wed-Sun evenings).
1126 Folsom Street between 7th and 8th
(415) 255-4866 -- www.brainwash.com
Daily 7am-11pm

asia sf
From the gender illusionist waitstaff to the California-Asian cuisine, this restaurant blends worlds in a unique and tasteful way.
201 9th Street at Howard
(415) 255-2742 -- www.asiasf.com
Daily 5-10pm

M Point Bar, Sushi & Grill
Offering both Japanese and Western dishes in a classy ambience, the bar is notable for its lengthy mural showing scenes from San Francisco.
55 5th Street between Market and Mission (in Hotel Milano)
(415) 543-8555
Daily 11:30am-Midnight

Maya Restaurant
Instead of typical Mexican fare, Maya offers artfully presented dishes in a warm setting of coral-colored walls, authentic Mayan masks and hand-carved wooden chairs.
303 2nd Street between Folsom and Harrison
(415) 543-2928 -- www.mayasf.com
Lunch: Tu-Sat 11:30am-2pm
Dinner: Tu-Sat 5:30-10pm, Sun/Mon 5:30-9pm



Things to Experience

Earthquake Walk
This self-guided walk through the South of Market district passes sites that relive the 1865 and 1906 earthquakes, retracing the steps of historical personalities and other eyewitness accounts.

Rincon Center Murals
29 large murals by Anton Refregier decorate the lobby of the historic Rincon Center, originally built as a post office but now housing shops and restaurants. Created in 1947-48 as part of the federal government's Work Project Administration, the murals depict the history of California. These murals caused a great deal of controversy and were the focus of a Congressional investigation for anti-American content. Refregier painted out several offensive parts of his panels to appease the US government and public.
101 Spear Street at Mission

Tuesday night at The Stud is Trannyshack, where Hecklina rules a gender-bending court of drag performers.
399 9th Street at Harrison
(415) 252-7883 -- www.heklina.com

111 Minna Street Gallery & Club
An art gallery by day, it offers a variety of club and dance venues different nights of the month.
111 Minna Street between New Montgomery and 2nd
Info line: (415) 974-1719 -- www.111minnagallery.com
Gallery hours: Tku-F 1-4pm
Happy Hour: M-F 5-7pm
Club hours: W-Sat (check website for details)

Z Space Studio
A great place to see offbeat independent productions and works in progress, this unique collaboration of actors, choreographers, composers, directors, playwrights, producers, and the theater audience seeks to develop the art of theater in the Bay Area.
131 10th Street, 3rd Floor, at Mission Street
Tickets: (415) 626-0453 -- www.zspace.org

South of Market is the hub of the leather scene, offering a variety of venues to explore one's rougher nature through discipline and submission.
Up Your Alley Fair
Intimate and outrageous leather fair held in late July in Dore Alley.
Folsom Street Fair
Enormously popular leather fair held the last Sunday in September, by turns amusing and shocking. -- www.folsomstreetfair.com
The Eagle Tavern
Always a row of motorcycles parked out front, it's the quintessential gay leather bar.
392 12th Street at Harrison
(415) 626-0880 -- www.sfeagle.com
Daily Noon-2 am
Stormy Leather
Its motto is "Forbid Yourself Nothing." Voted best leather store by readers of the Bay Guardian, it offers everything under the moon.
1158 Howard Street at 8th Street
(415) 626-1672 -- www.stormyleather.com
Daily Noon-7 pm

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Updated 9/12/04