10 of San Francisco’s Favorite Cocktail Bars

As a landmark California destination, San Francisco boasts a variety of activities for visitors to take in the city’s rich culture and thriving population. For those with a taste for a quality cocktail, the bar scene is sure to impress with plenty of unique options for sipping your way to a good time. From local favorites to welcome newcomers, these San Francisco hot spots are sure to become a go-to for anyone visiting the Golden Gate City.

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Local Edition

This ‘50s and ‘60s newspaper business-themed bar is a hot spot hidden beneath Market St. where you can lounge with friends in the historical Hearst building.  The bar features sleek décor alongside vintage SF press clippings to transport you back to the nostalgic era.


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Pagan Idol

Get aboard the contemporary Tiki trend with this spirited bar in the Financial District. The tropical theme draws in Tiki lovers from all around to experience the playful, island-inspired design along with tasting their delectable cocktails.


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Bourbon & Branch

This secretive spot requires a password upon entrance, but once inside, guests are treated to one-of-a-kind cocktails created just for you by the bar’s knowledgeable staff. Your experience will be uninterrupted with their ‘no phones or cameras’ policy allowing for a fully immersive adventure.


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Trick Dog

What used to be an old warehouse was turned into a trendy Mission District watering hole with a rotating cocktail menu that keeps locals coming back for more. The murals and rustic décor make for a great space to toast drinks with friends and grab a bite of their Trick Dog Dog.


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Leos Oyster Bar

This tropical oasis has a vintage Polynesian design with an eclectic modern twist. The 1950s Beverly Hills-era comes alive mixing in a glamorous feel that complements the array of quality food and drinks, and earned the space a renowned James Beard Nomination for Best Restaurant Design.


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This quality bar well-known for its friendly staff of talented bartenders is the perfect place to stop in for a unique creation in Mission Dolores. The sophisticated design utilizes recycled materials to create a unique, modern style to match the flavorful drinks.


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Benjamin Cooper

You won’t be able to leave SF before stopping into the admired quality bar, a tucked away Union Square bar offering up drinks and oysters. The fresh, seasonal libations taste great within the sophisticated and intimate space.


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Tonga Room

An iconic SF destination, Tonga Room boasts a theatrical design that allows guests to be taken away by the island vibes and boozy, tropical drinks. The periodic indoor storms put a Disney-esque touch on the environment, making it a necessary stop on any San Francisco vacation.


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The Interval

This modern and unique space in an updated 1930s building functions as a café, museum, library, and cocktail bar all tied into one. Sip a drink with enlightenment sure to follow as you hang out in the futuristic yet still contemporary lounge.


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Smugglers Cove

Establishing itself as a staple in the SF bar scene, Smuggler’s Cove brings Tiki to a new level with quality drinks and an impressive rum collection of over 550 selections. The classic Tiki environment is brought to life with quirky, tropical décor and vintage accents.


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LA’s Most Satisfying Late Night Bites

After a night out on the town indulging in Los Angeles’ plentiful nightlife scene, grabbing a bite to eat quickly becomes a top priority. Finding a spot that’s open late with quality grub can be a difficult task, especially with the exhaustion of the night’s activities adding to the obstacle. But if you know where to look, LA’s late-night food offerings can give your nightlife excursion a satisfying end.

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Luchini Pizzeria & Bar

You’ll have no problem getting into this Hollywood hot spot with a variety of pizzas to end your cravings once and for all. The trendy Avenue nightclub next door exits directly into the restaurant for easy access to an evening feast.


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Window 44

This newcomer in the heart of Hollywood may be your new favorite destination with its eclectic menu of quality comfort food. Try out the hookah on the welcoming outdoor patio as you dish on their tacos, salads, ceviche and everything in between.


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A veteran in the late night dining scene, Berri’s offers everything you’re craving with an extensive menu of mouth-watering options. Try out their classic lobster pizza as live DJs keep the vibe going for energetic patrons who aren’t ready for bed just yet.


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Bossa Nova

The delicious Brazilian cuisine keeps locals coming back to the Hollywood, West Hollywood and West LA locations of Bossa Nova. Their delectable menu will hit the spot after a night of fun as you dig in to their authentic South American dishes.


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BCD Tofu House

The perfect place to end your night after sipping drinks, you’ll get an authentic taste of Korean flavors with entrees far healthier than a fast food run. Their variety of soups and sides include vegan and non-vegan friendly plates that are sure to fulfill your foodie dreams.


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Two Boots Pizza

With only two California locations of this East Coast favorite, Two Boots is a destination worth tasting. Dig into their quality pies while enjoying the quirky design at their Echo Park venue, or head to the walk-up order window Downtown for a slice on the go.


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101 Coffee Shop

Stop into this ‘60s-inspired Hollywood landmark for a dining experience just East of the iconic freeway. The retro design of stone walls and wooden accents makes you feel right at home as you choose from their menu of homestyle favorites.


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Crave Café

Anyone drinking their way through the Valley knows to head to Studio City’s Crave post-party to indulge in their breakfast-for-dinner eats. Crepes and waffles solve all the night’s problems at either of their two Ventura Boulevard locales.


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A modern LA classic, Swingers diner acts as the perfect place to convene with friends and recap the best moments of the night. Whether you stop in to their Beverly Hills or Santa Monica locations, you’ll be able to enjoy their menu of Americana eats.


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Ramen lovers know where to end their night as Tatsu offers enticing bowls of Tokyo-inspired flavors. Order from a touch-screen and have food sent right to your table at their West Hollywood and Westwood destinations.


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Exploring the San Diego Craft Beer Scene

With the scene blossoming over the past two decades, San Diego sits at the forefront as being a hub for craft beer. Over 130 breweries in the area serve up unique tastes and flavors that can only come from each brewer’s affinity for quality and passion for the process. A visit to San Diego means taking a peek into the thriving culture of California craft beer.

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Stone Brewing Co.

One of the most well known brands in the city, Stone has made a name for itself with its innovative beer selections. Their IPA is a classic taste that has numerous variations available year-round and seasonal selections that reflect the freshest flavors for certain times of year. With a company store in Oceanside and Downtown San Diego, a Tap Room nearby in the Gaslamp Quarter and locations at Liberty Station and in the San Diego International Airport, you’ll have plenty of options for stopping by to taste one of their full-flavored brews.


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Photo: Stone Brewing Liberty Station

Modern Times

The quirky atmosphere of this Point Loma brewery complements the artsy style of the Modern Times brand. Collage walls of books, Post-It notes and comic book pages only add to the setting’s friendly ambiance. Their variety of canned and bottled flavors provide a spectrum of choices as you sip on their hoppy ambers, rich stouts, and hazy IPAs. Stop by the Tasting Room in North Park where they experiment with new concepts and pilot batches to get a sip of something surprising.


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Photo: Modern Times by Mike Newton

Green Flash

The award-winning ales at Green Flash are sure to keep craft lovers thirsty for more. From the West Coast IPA to the Passion Fruit Kicker, these aromatic options will be hard to pass up in the industrial-style space. Employees get the opportunity to create their own brew in the Genius Lab, with visitors able to test out the new creations in the tasting room. Take a tour of the brewery to learn more about the brewing process from their team of brewing experts.


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Photo: Green Flash

North Park Beer Co.

A newer addition to the craft beer landscape, North Park Beer Co. is run by an award-winning team that has brought delicious tastes to the neighborhood. Their spacious venue has plenty of seating for you to enjoy their assortment of beers with design elements that put a twist on the typical brewery feel. Their strong stouts give patrons a buzz while hoppy ales bring in a zesty dash of flavor.


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Photo: North Park Beer Co.

Ballast Point

What started as a small group of home brewers soon grew into a brand that’s a beloved favorite. You can find the gold medal-winning Sculpin IPA on draft at bars all over the area, and the Manta Ray Double IPA serves as a favorite with its fruity finish. Their expansion through the years has made them a local staple with brewery locations in Miramar, Little Italy, and Scripps Ranch. Their Home Brew Mart in Mission Valley also serves as a resource for aspiring brewers to purchase supplies and continue the homegrown spirit.


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Photo: Ballast Point

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The Top 15 Essential New Bars to Visit in NYC

The nightlife scene can be difficult to keep up with in any city, and with New York being a bustling playground all hours of the night, it can be especially tough to know which spots deserve a visit. The ever-changing landscape has plenty of new gems that will have you toasting your drinks in style within the variety of innovative settings.

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Gibson + Luce

Beneath the NoMad’s Life Hotel sits a former speakeasy that now houses a contemporary hideaway lounge. Choose a record from the expansive library of vinyl while you lounge on modern banquette seating in this sleek venue.


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Photo: Gibson + Luce

The Polynesian

Tiki culture makes its way to the Big Apple with this ode to the tropical 1940s style. Located within the Pod Hotel in Times Square, the expansive cocktail menu offers up Polynesian flavors as guests get a view of Midtown from the third-floor venue.


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Photo: The Polynesian NYC


Head to Chinatown to try out this cocktail bar in the downstairs room of popular eatery Chinese Tuxedo. With Gucci wallpaper and lush floral accents lining the space, you’ll stay cozy while you sip from the drink menu stocked with superfood ingredients.


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Photo: Peachy’s NYC

The Woodstock

A trendy spot in the Meatpacking District, this spacious bar attracts patrons who live for the tasty pizzas and eye-catching Salvador Dali originals hanging on its walls. The welcoming locale has a relaxed, ‘70s-inspired vibe where you won’t have a problem stopping in for a casual cocktail.


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Photo: The Woodstock

The George Washington Bar

This former library has a dark, vintage style with a fireplace and wooden accents to round out the feel. The cozy drinkery, a part of the Freehand Hotel, serves up sophisticated sips in the presidential-worthy space.


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Photo: The George Washington Bar

Rose Gold

One of Bushwick’s newest spots to dance the night away, Rose Gold will have you descending into the basement of a seafood spot for a late night escape. The neon accents and artsy feel draw in a crowd of lively guests who come ready to take in sounds from live DJ performers.


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Photo: Rose Gold NYC

18th Room

The people behind Bathtub Gin have ushered 18th Room onto the scene, hiding this time behind the façade of a coffee supply shop. Art deco elements are brought into the 1920s-style venue where bartenders create customized drinks for each guest who walks through the door.


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Photo: 18th Room


Take a trip across the seas at this intimate speakeasy bar above Freemans restaurant. The theme of Antarctic exploration gives the reservation-only space a niche atmosphere where they’re free to let the sophisticated menu change with the journey.


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Photo: Banzarbar

Make Believe

The rooftop of the SIXTY LES is transformed into an artistic and glamorous escape where your imagination is the key to a good time. The pops of color in the velvet seating, tropical foliage, and neon lighting transport guests to another place and time.


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Photo: Make Believe

Alley Cat Amateur Theatre

You’ll get the best of both worlds at this part-theater-part-speakeasy experience. The mix of modern furnishings and industrial décor create a unique lounge space with a theatrical touch. Japanese flavors enhance the food and drink menu and will please your palate as you take in a live show.


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Photo: Alley Cat Amateur Theatre

Broken Shaker

This rooftop cocktail bar sits at the top of the new Freehand Hotel, and has successful predecessors in Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles to vouch for its buzz. The beachy style pairs nicely with the tropical-inspired drinks and Mediterranean and Caribbean bites.


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Photo: Broken Shaker

The Seville

This modern, underground lounge lives beneath the James NoMad Hotel and boasts a chic style perfect for a night of partying. The live DJs draw in a celeb-studded patronage with guests dancing the night away inside the luxurious design.


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Photo: The Seville

Patent Pending

Slip into this hidden locale that acts as a coffeehouse during daylight hours and transforms into a cozy speakeasy after dark. With a menu inspired by Nikolas Tesla, who used to live in the building, you’ll be able to feel the energy in this tucked away space.


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Photo: Patent Pending by SIMMER


At the top of Beekman Tower sits this glamorous, feminine cocktail bar with an art deco-inspired setting to complement its history. Formerly a women’s social club in the early 20th Century, guests can lounge with drinks while witnessing the breathtaking view.


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Photo: Ophelia Bar NYC

Brooklyn Heights Social Club

The 10th floor of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is reserved for this sophisticated spot that draws in a star-studded crowd. Champagne cocktails and waterfront views of Manhattan create a contemporary space fit for a lavish night out.


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Photo: Brooklyn Heights Social Club

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Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Destinations for a Wild Weekend

When you’re tying the knot, it isn’t just about finding the prime location for your wedding ceremony. Bachelor and Bachelorette parties have flourished in popularity as the wedding party’s way to give the soon-to-be bride or groom a ‘last hurrah’ to remember. These group getaways can involve a number of lively activities that mix wild nights out and quality bonding with friends and family. Finding the perfect location to celebrate will take your weekend of festivities to the next level.

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Las Vegas

Vegas is a classic Bachelor and Bachelorette party destination with its nightlife and ‘Sin City’ reputation that lead wedding parties to flock there for an exciting trip. Use the opportunity to splurge on a lavish hotel suite like The Chelsea Penthouse at The Cosmopolitan or the Encore Duplex at The Wynn. Nightlife is always the main attraction for those looking to go hard or go home during their bride or groom-to-be’s last single night. Bottle service at XS, Marquee, Tao or one of Vegas’ many favorite hot spots will give you a home base to call your own as you dance the night away. Stop by The Palms to be one of the first to visit their trendy new Apex Social Club–a unique, rooftop nightclub experience. Make the most of your weekend and reserve a table at a day club like Drais or Encore Beach Club to have fun in the sun at the lively poolside destinations.


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Los Angeles

World-renowned for its star-studded streets, Los Angeles may be the perfect place for your group to enjoy a wild weekend. With unrivaled views of the breathtaking LA skyline, newer hotels like The Waldorf-Astoria, Dream Hotel Hollywood, and The Jeremy Hotel each offer up a quality stay. Bars and lounges throughout the city boast bartending talent to take your palate on a journey whether it be through a whiskey tasting at Seven Grand or a rum craft cocktail at La Descarga. Your LA trip won’t be complete without booking a table at one of the city’s exclusive nightclubs like Warwick, 1OAK or Poppy to complete your Bachelor or Bachelorette adventure.


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Photo: Warwick Hollywood


The hustle and bustle of the city might be just what you need to get a little crazy for the weekend. Indulge in a penthouse experience at the James Hotel for your group to live the high life overlooking the skyline. Take in some fresh air while you day drink at the Good Story Rooftop Lounge or Northern Territory. Later in the night, duck into one of the city’s many speakeasy-style hot spots like Bathtub Gin or Employees Only. If you’re ready for a night of partying, get bottle service for your group at PH-D Penthouse or head to 1OAK if you’d prefer to dance the night away.


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Photo: PH-D Penthouse Lounge

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Take advantage of the sunshine by choosing Miami as your destination for partying and relaxing on the beach with the future bride or groom. You’ll have a private pool and breathtaking ocean view if your group chooses a luxurious penthouse suite at The W South Beach. Your trip won’t be complete without a little day drinking–visit Broken Shaker for a handcrafted cocktail or Sugar to toast to panoramic views of the city. Miami’s nightlife will have you dancing ‘til dawn at places like E11EVEN, LIV or one of the many other exclusive Miami Beach hot spots.

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LA’s Finest Outdoor Dining Escapes

Los Angeles is well known for its sunny skies and breezy afternoons that create the perfect atmosphere for being out and about. If you’re on the hunt for a destination fit for taking advantage of LA’s unparalleled weather, look no further than the many al fresco dining options scattered throughout the city. Whether you’re toasting to Sunday brunch, or enjoying a romantic night under the stars, these restaurants each have an outdoor space perfect for an unforgettable dining experience.

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With a thriving NYC location, Avra is expected to be a go-to for Greek cuisine in Beverly Hills. Their plentiful outdoor seating is sure to be a favorite as guests dine from their fresh seafood menu.


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Take in unobstructed views of Downtown LA’s skyline at this rooftop favorite. Their French-inspired menu makes use of seasonal ingredients that will satisfy your senses as their fireplaces and landscaping help set the mood.


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Cozy up by the pool at this intimate, West Hollywood outdoor space. This eatery inside the Avalon Hotel offers up European and American cuisine with a California twist.


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Gracias Madre

Enjoy a refreshing plant-based meal on Gracias Madre’s outdoor terrace. Umbrellas and greenery provide shade while you feast on delicious plates made with organic ingredients.


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The minimalist patio seating in this artsy, Southwest-inspired taco spot makes it easy to enjoy the little things. Their mouth-watering menu will keep you satisfied as you take in the Silver Lake sun.


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The Malibu Café

An ideal Sunday funday destination, The Malibu Café at Calamigos Ranch surrounds you with nature as you enjoy their “noveau barbeque” dining and take a relaxing walk on the lake.


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Rays and Stark Bar

Stop by to dine at this Mid-Wilshire lounge space on the LACMA property. Their delectable pizzas and pastas are sure to keep you coming back for more than just the art.


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Sunny Spot

Pop in to this colorful Venice eatery for a bite on the open-air patio. This lively, neighborhood hot spot will revitalize your mood as you choose from their diverse American menu.


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The Highlight Room

With unmatched landscape views of the Hollywood Hills, The Highlight Room is the perfect escape for Californian cuisine atop the rooftop of The Dream Hotel.


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Pearls Liquor Bar

The classic, 1920s-inspired setting doesn’t disappoint during a night out at Pearl’s in West Hollywood. Dive into their American menu in rustic seating overlooking the bustling Sunset Boulevard below.


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The garden patio setting makes for a delicious, breezy brunch at this Los Feliz favorite. Their menu of quality, American classics will have you feeling right at home.


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Idle Hour

This North Hollywood historical building is one-of-a-kind in its architecture, and a go-to for an outdoor meal. The vintage feel will put you in the mood to chow down on the variety of classic, American dishes.


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Head to this cozy Silver Lake hideaway for an intimate spot to take in a sunny LA day. The outdoor patio is great for catching up with friends with mimosas and Mediterranean-inspired plates.


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Electric Owl

Duck into this Hollywood neighborhood spot for a nostalgic setting that serves up Californian cuisine with global flavors. The vintage, train station décor will take your palate on a journey in their outdoor space.


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The Rose Café

This iconic Venice destination poses a refreshing escape into their garden-style, open-air dining. The artsy setting pairs with a menu of Southern California cuisine to complement the atmosphere.


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The Henry

Stop by this West Hollywood eatery for a meal that’s sure to satisfy. Sit on the outdoor terrace while you enjoy an American-inspired menu and people watch in the Robertson Boulevard neighborhood.


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