Whether you’re feeling beer, cocktails, or wine, Holy Water will have you feeling blessed. This bar is a neighborhood favorite, with its antique decor to its creative drinks, which are aptly named after their ingredients – try the Moscow Mule, which contains Reyka vodka and ginger beer.
There aren’t many places where you can catch more than a good glimpse of San Francisco in all its glory, so Bernal Heights Hill is quite the treat. Hike to the summit, settle down for a picnic and get a 360-degree panoramic view of the city that you won’t forget.
The cinema season doesn’t start until September, but there’s no harm in planning your future fall dates at the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema, which showcases independent films from local directors in Bernal Heights Park. The cinema also hosts an awards ceremony, Best of Bernal Night, after the cinema season ends, to give audiences the opportunity to vote for their favorite films. If you’re a filmmaker, take note: film submissions open on February 1, 2016.
Bernal Heights Park San Francisco, CA 94110, USA +(1) 415-641-0324
Are you craving something pickled? How about Thai food? Or maybe a piroshki (a hot bun stuffed with meat, cheese and/or veggies)? Whatever your appetite craves, you’ll find all these and more at the marketplace on 331 Cortland — these small vendors pack some pretty big flavor.
Release your inner-child and glide down the Esmeralda Street Slides, discreetly hidden in Esmeralda Park. Be careful, though — the slides are surprisingly steep! Also, this is a local secret, so share this information sparingly.
Esmeralda St and Winfield St San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
If you’ve followed this list diligently and done all of the above, you’re probably exhausted by now. It’s time for a break at one of Bernal Heights’ great coffee spots, such as the cozy Progressive Grounds, the third-wave coffee pioneer Pinhole Coffee, and our personal favorite, CoffeeShop.
Progressive Grounds, 400 Cortland Ave San Francisco, CA 94110, USA +(1) 415-282-6233
CoffeeShop, 3139 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, USA (1) 415-368-3802
By Nicole Arca
Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole is a senior at UC Berkeley pursuing a B.A. in Media Studies. She’s a budding yogi and theatre enthusiast with a passion for exploring new food places (documented on her Instagram @nicolearca). Nicole also writes for Kollaboration.org and performs spoken word poetry at open mics from the Bay to LA.