The Square - The Official Blog of Union Square San Francisco
The Square is where you can find in-depth coverage of all of the fabulous shops, restaurants, shows, nightclubs, events and services in the Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco. Think of it as our features section. Wondering what to do on your visit to Union Square, what the top clubs are, where the top holiday celebrations are, where to shop for the hottest trends? We’ve got you covered. Union Square is not only the shopping and style center of SF, it’s also home to some of the most celebrated restaurants, prestigious theatres and hippest bars in the Bay Area, so check it out from an insider’s perspective. We post every Friday about the must-hit shops, restaurants, shows and trends that make us special!
Call it Columbus Day or Indigenous People’s Day – no matter what you prefer, San Francisco is exploding with events next weekend Oct. 5-8, and we wanted to give you a heads up! While not all of them take place in Union Square, this is definitely a great home base if you’re staying in a hotel here or even if you just want to meet up and hop on transit. Many of these events are not so parking-friendly, but the SFMTA has you covered with an America's Cup plan and suggested routes for all the festivities. From the Blue Angels whizzing overhead to thrilling America’s Cup races, it’s going to be a wild weekend.
In honor of SF Cocktail Week, we’re bringing you an exclusive new cocktail recipe from the spirits-obsessed bar manager at the Burritt Room in the Mystic Hotel Joshua Trabulsi. Josh brought new life to the stylish old-timey lounge’s drink program when he came on a few months ago and has been geeking out on cocktails ever since – much to our taste buds’ delight. He sources rare alcohols from all over the world and mixes them with home-made tinctures to create devilishly delightful concoctions with a nod to cocktails of the past. On the menu this week: the Diplomatic Immunity, a clever take on an Old Fashioned, using a dark, spicy and rich Venezuelan rum called Diplomatico Reserva and house-made bitters*.
**Guest Post by Andrew Wood from San Francisco International Arts Festival
PLACAS is a stage play—a family drama, that stars Ric Salinas of the famed performance group Culture Clash and is playing this weekend at 450 Post St., just off Union Square. While Union Square is the largest theatre district in San Francisco, it was chosen as a location because of where it isn’t as opposed to where it is. The play was created as a tool to help dissuade young people from joining gangs and is set in the Mission district, but unfortunately that neighborhood is so impacted by gangs that there aren’t any theatres where we could present it that are not on one gang or another’s territory (meaning that anyone who identifies with or has family in a different gang cannot go to see it). Union Square is neutral, so it is okay for everyone to attend.