While we are still gradually recovering from all the holiday celebration and parties, San Francisco is ready for the first art events of the season. FOG Design + Art and Untitled, Art are scheduled to land in the “Golden City” starting January 12th. Naturally, we’ve curated a selection of some of our favorite hotels, restaurants, bars and events worth checking out.



The Alise

photo // courtesy of The Alise

Steps from Union Square and newly re-imagined, The Alise provides a metropolitan home base for your San Francisco adventures. Sophisticated and thoughtfully designed guest rooms offer a luxe retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life and an opportunity to enjoy quiet moments.


Hotel Zetta

photo // courtesy of Hotel Zetta

Hotel Zetta is a boutique hotel offering an unique enclave for savvy travelers, culture seekers, and local creatives. For travelers in search of ultramodern accommodations and dynamic gathering spaces in the cutting-edge neighborhood of Union Square, Hotel Zetta provides a high level of sophistication and service.


Hotel Adagio

photo // courtesy of Hotel Adagio

Conveniently located in downtown San Francisco, Hotel Adagio is a hidden gem in the burgeoning community. Cool, contemporary and spacious, Hotel Adagio has the largest rooms in Downtown San Francisco. Stylish with all the right amenities, Hotel Adagio offers 171 spacious rooms and suites.



The Mill

Photo // courtesy of Bruce Damonte for Boor Bridges Architecture

Famous for its freshly baked goods and artisan coffee, The Mill is the most popular place for breakfast. From traditional toast to organic housemade granola, The Mill is guaranteed to start your day right. The restaurant also has an amazing selection of single-origin coffee from the world. Stop by before you head out to the art fairs!



Photo // courtesy of Nopa

Specializing in organic wood-fired cuisine, Nopa serves simple yet delicious food sourced from local farmers. The restaurant creates fresh and new menu every week. In addition to generous portions of food, Nopa offers a diverse wine list and thoughtful cocktails.



Photo // courtesy of Akiko’s

This small sushi place serves some of the freshest seafood in the bay area. There is no sign so it’s very easy to miss it. The atmosphere is cozy and homey. You can sit at the counter and watch the chefs elegantly prepare your order or choose to sit in the warm cavelike dining area.



Redwood Room

Photo // courtesy of Redwood Room

Located within the Clift Hotel, this fancy bar has a great selection of cocktails and a mysterious atmosphere. According to The Huffington Post, the portraits at the bar can breathe and move. In addition to its spooky ambiance, the bar also features live music by some of the best DJs in San Francisco.


Noir Lounge

Photo // courtesy of Noir Lounge

Noir Lounge is the coziest wine bar in San Francisco. Grab a group and a comfy couch and watch some old Hollywood films whilst sipping on some wines from their extensive list. Alternatively, sit at the bar and enjoy some piano music and mixed olives.


Smuggler’s Cove

Photo // courtesy of Smuggler’s Cove

This pirate-of-Caribbean-themed bar is the winner of the Spirited Awards of Best American Cocktail Bar in 2016. When you step in, you will notice immediately that you just enter the pirates’ ship. Besides the movie-worthy interior design, the bar is also known for its rum and exotic cocktails.


Things to Do

FOG Design+Art Preview Gala

photo // courtesy of SFMOMA

Kick off the annual FOG Design+Art Fair in style at the FOG Preview Gala on Wednesday, January 11. Enjoy exclusive early access to the fair’s vast range of design objects, exquisite furniture, and fine art before it opens to the public. Stay for a festive evening of live entertainment, culinary creations by McCalls, and cocktails by design.


“Attention, We’ve Moved!” Performance & Cruise

Photo // courtesy of The Port of San Francisco, Kevin Trexler

Attention! We’ve moved! is floating performance and exhibition created by The Lab with Oakland-based artist Constance Hockaday. The performance and exhibition space will be installed for three days aboard a yacht that will be cruising the San Francisco Bay and launching from Pier 40. This 1.5-hour cruise features spectacular views of the bay and San Francisco skyline, a cash bar, and is accompanied by live performances by Dynasty Handbag, Las Sucias, MSHR, and International Freakout a Go-Go.


Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

photo // courtesy of A Sutanto

Want to go to a quiet place to relax from the art fairs and events? Take a walk to Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. In addition to hosting art exhibitions and performances, it remains a popular attraction for tourists and locals. Palace of Fine Arts is beautiful and quiet in the day and night.


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top image // courtesy of the City and County of San Francisco