meet the neighbors

History and Heart in San Francisco's Tenderloin

Tenderloin Cow

Every major city in the world has that neighborhood: the one that’s a little rough around the edges, that has the interesting characters, and that the guide books might tell you that you can skip. But sometimes these places can also have the most interesting histories, offer great insights into the way that a city came to be, and introduce you to a side with more local flair than you’ll find on the beaten tourist path.  

Meet the Neighbors: Spirits in the Flesh Tattoo Studio

tattoo artist Avelino de Avila

The TL. The Loin. The Trendy Loin. The Tender Nob. These are just a few of the names informally bestowed on the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's oldest, and arguably most colorful, neighborhoods. Brimming with diverse histories -- the Tenderloin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places -- this stronghold of independently owned businesses in the city is also a mecca for myriad forms of art. 

Meet the Neighbors: Gangway Bar

Dim lighting and a warm welcome await any thirsty visitor to the historic Gangway bar on Larkin Street, just three blocks from the San Francisco City Center Hostel. Slinging booze for over a hundred years is no small feat, so for our latest installment of "Meet the Neighbors" we head over to this windowless pub in the heart of the Tenderloin to find out how they spike their punch.