If You're Hot For: Hipsters
If you find yourself asking if it's okay to actually date the dude who plays music in the 24th Street BART station — this is probably your type of guy. Lucky for us, with the influx of trendy barber shops (and their man-scaping prowess) over the past couple of years, ladies can spend less time playing the "hipster or homeless?" game.
"If I’m at Four Barrel Coffee and there’s a cute girl next to me in line, all she has to do is talk to me about coffee or the neighborhood. If I’m attracted, I’ll ask her out."
– Anthony Masters, creative at Taylor Stitch, lives in the Mission.
"I like intelligence, a sense of humor, and willingness to try new things. A direct approach works with me, a nice 'hello' is refreshing."
– Derek Davis, lives in the Mission.
Where To Meet 'Em:
Four Barrel Coffee
, 375 Valencia Street (between 14th and 15th streets); 415-252-0800.
There's never a shortage here, but from 9 to 10 a.m. there is usually a line out the door — especially of the bearded babe variety.
3086 24th Street (between Folsom Street and Treat Avenue); 415-374-7353.
If you work for yourself, this is the place on 24th Street to set up shop for the day with your computer.
Divisadero Art Walk
, Divisadero Street (between Haight and McAllister streets); No phone.
Oakland Art Murmur
, Telegraph Avenue (between 17th to 27th streets), Oakland; No phone.
As with any outdoor street festival, there is liveliness in the air, which opens people up to making a connection. Take advantage!
F.S.C Barber Shop
, 696 Valencia Street (between 17th and 18th streets); 415-621-9000.
A guy you meet here knows what’s up with a little self-hygiene. Upgrade from that BART musician you had your eye on earlier.
, 3101 24th Street (between Shotwell and Folsom streets); 415-875-9370.
Tons of cruising happens as you enter Philz Coffee. Choose where you sit wisely — round communal tables help facilitate easy interaction with cuties.
, 1855 Haight Street (between Stanyan and Shrader streets); 415-831-1200.
Seeking someone who loves ‘90s R&B? Hang in the section of the music you like for long enough and you’re bound to come up roses.
, 1600 17th Street (between Carolina and Wisconsin streets); 415-252-1330.
, 853 Valencia Street (between 20th Street and Cunningham Plaza); 415-970-0012.
Four words: Monday is bluegrass night. You’re welcome.
, 2700 16th Street (between Folsom and Harrison streets); 415-625-3362.
There is the best of both worlds here, internet jukebox (um, Beyoncé dance party on a whim, anyone?) and tons of single babes almost every day of the week.
, 2301 Folsom Street (between 19th and 20th streets); 415-282-4663.
Weeknights for the hipster crowd, weekends for the techie crowd.
, 3010 20th Street (between Alabama and Florida streets); 415-471-2999.
The Bon Vivants' latest venture is bound to pack ‘em in on the regular. Come on a slow night? You’ll at least enjoy the staff in all their hot hipster glory.
, 491 Potrero Street (between 17th and Mariposa streets); 415-625-3362.
F.S.C. Barber, Anthony Masters (left), and Derek Davis (right), photographed by Maria del Rio.