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Tenderloin

Risky business • Gritty • Seedy

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Although the Tenderloin is bordered by two decidedly-posh areas, Nob Hill and Downtown, this neighborhood has a much grittier vibe. Yes, there's a risk of stepping in human shit or witnessing a back-alley drug deal, but the Tenderloin has loads to offer: gay dance bars, some of SF's best restaurants, the requisite dives, and fancy cocktail lounges, for starters. Some highlights? Here's where you'll find the best soul food in San Francisco, and, if you know the password, a nifty speakeasy.

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