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.
Tip: 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.
Haus Coffee, 3086 24th Street (between Folsom Street and Treat Avenue); 415-374-7353.
Tip: 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.
Tip: 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.
Tip: 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.
Philz Coffee, 3101 24th Street (between Shotwell and Folsom streets); 415-875-9370.
Tip: Tons of cruising happens as you enter Philz Coffee. Choose where you sit wisely — round communal tables help facilitate easy interaction with cuties.
Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight Street (between Stanyan and Shrader streets); 415-831-1200.
Tip: 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.
Thee Parkside, 1600 17th Street (between Carolina and Wisconsin streets); 415-252-1330.
Amnesia, 853 Valencia Street (between 20th Street and Cunningham Plaza); 415-970-0012.
Tip: Four words: Monday is bluegrass night. You’re welcome.
Dear Mom, 2700 16th Street (between Folsom and Harrison streets); 415-625-3362.
Tip: 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.
Homestead, 2301 Folsom Street (between 19th and 20th streets); 415-282-4663.
Tip: Weeknights for the hipster crowd, weekends for the techie crowd.
Trick Dog, 3010 20th Street (between Alabama and Florida streets); 415-471-2999.
Tip: 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.
Evelyn Lee, 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.
If You're Hot For: Hipsters