Go to your room. Seriously.
Here are the Top Five Rooms in the City:
1.Tonga Room As a 10 year old, I was mesmerized by the glamorous Tonga Room located in the fabulous Fairmont Hotel. What’s not to love? Think: the Tiki Room – without the birds. There is an indoor pool, intermittent tropical rain showers with lightening and thunder, a live band and yummy Shirley Temples with paper umbrellas. Twenty-nine years later (work with me here), the Tonga Room still holds a certain allure. It’s fun and kitschy. If you haven’t been, go now.
2.The Boom Boom Room at 1601 Fillmore near the Sundance Movie Complex. Located in “the heart of San Francisco’s old Fillmore district,” the club calls itself “a sultry, down-home Juke Joint providing cocktails, dancing live Blues, Boogie, Groove & Soul music six nights a week”. Great music, dancing, and parades of interesting people. Be one of those interesting people.
3.Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko is an intimate lobby level cabaret. Standup and take notice. The Rrazz is a classic San Francisco cabaret. Upscale casual attire.Very serious Cover/two- drink minimum. Do not sit in the last row. Arrive Early.
4.The Make Out Room If you don’t love the name, you’ll love the eclectic mix of talent and venues. There is a mélange of indie, punk, new wave music as well as the painfully honest readings from brave souls who get mortified as they take the stage and read from their high school diaries and musings. Mortified has been called funny and horrifying, as well as embarrassing and angst written. Another major favorite is “Writers with Drinks” dubbed “a spoken word variety show.” You’ll make out.
5. The Moss Room The star in the crown at the incredible California Academy of the Sciences, Golden Gate Park. The Moss Room is located just below the academy café. Open seven days a week for lunch – recently awarded three stars by the San Francisco Chronicle. Some say it is one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the country, featuring a dramatic living wall, sparkling and shimmering with light and water. Tres cher, tres chic and tres bien.