How I See San Francisco: Jeffrey Paradise of Poolside
San Francisco's musical legacy goes beyond the Summer of Love. The City by the Bay continues to produce groundbreaking musical talent who shape what's playing on your radio (or your personal playlist). We talked with Jeffrey Paradise of Poolside about his favorite San Francisco experiences, including his picks for the best music venues in the city. Read what he recommends and then go see him at Outside Lands this August in Golden Gate Park
Describe your perfect day in San Francisco.
There is so much to offer in San Francisco that it’s not easy to pin down. I like to wake up early when the air is still crisp and walk my dog up to Alamo Square Park, grab some coffee, then wander my way up through Buena Vista Park with the dog and look at the majestic views of the fog clearing, giving way to the bridges and the sea. I'll head back home and work on a music project for a while, then grab lunch with a friend. My go-to spot lately has been 4505 Burgers & BBQ Restaurant. I'll take a bike ride through Golden Gate Park and link up for an afternoon coffee, then try to get some more work done before ending the night at Terrior with some wine.
What should every visitor to San Francisco do at least once?
I think approaching San Francisco on bicycle is a really great way to see a lot of the city. The hills are pretty easy to avoid and it’s one of the more bike-friendly cities in the U.S.
What’s your favorite place in San Francisco to take a photo or read a book?
Where do you indulge your artistic side in San Francisco?
Which is your favorite venue to play in San Francisco?
The Independent for live music. Public Works and Mezzanine for DJing.
When you’re not performing, where do you go to hear great music in San Francisco?
I like to go see Bus Station John DJ at Aunt Charlie’s Lounge. I like the Sweater Funk night at The Knockout. I’ve been to Vin Sol and Primo’s night “Club Lonely” at OMG. Audio, Monarch and Public Works tend to have touring DJs I like. For bands, I like smaller shows, so The Independent is nice.
Where and what would you choose for your last meal in San Francisco?
That is hard! Michael Black, who used to run Sebo in Hayes Valley, does pop-ups around the city. I would definitely have him do a sushi pop-up for my last meal.
Which restaurant is still on your list to dine at in San Francisco?
Any last final advice for travelers to San Francisco?
I love cruising around North Beach, wandering into Chinatown, and making the hike up the stairs to Coit Tower. It's a great area to just low-key hang with friends, soaking up the history of the city and great views. Everything is within walking distance. Let the people you meet along the way decide the rest of the evening's activities.