Food + Drink

Bottoms Up: Six Bay Area distilleries and where to sample their 'shine

The San Francisco Bay Area has a lot to boast about. We're World Series champs, we produce world-class wine, and we're world leaders in innovation and technology. #werethebest. (Also, we invented hash tags.) You wanna know what else we do? We distill spirits. The SF Bay Area can now add local distilleries (find them on this map) to the list of things that make us awesome.

Day at the Beach: Organic produce and counter-culture in Bolinas

Bolinas, California is a faraway place. Technically, it's only 25 miles from the Marin Headlands Hostel and 19 miles from the Point Reyes Hostel, but it's as far away from the rest of Marin County as you can get. This tiny, unincorporated town without a mayor or a city hall maintains such an indie, insular culture, and an obvious aversion to non-native species, that it's literally off-the-map.

Free "treat tastings," bike tours, pub crawls, and more at the SF Fisherman's Wharf Hostel

Ever wonder who serves the best Bloody Mary in San Francisco? Or where to go to see the best free view? How about where the weirdest fish store is located? Well wonder no more, because guests of the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf Hostel can ask all these burning questions, and more, to Mel Hackett, the dynamic hostel activities coordinator with a penchant for graphic design, handmade jewelry, Mexican food, and Swedish pop.

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