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The Bold Italic is an online magazine, shop, and events hub in San Francisco. We celebrate the free-wheeling spirit of the city.


Indian Summer
San Francisco’s Weirdo Seasons Are Not “Indian Summers”

We didn't invent it, but we perfected it. "Indian Summer" might not be the right term, but anytime we can wear a t-shirt, we're happy.

Posted on Oct 03 at 11:53 AM | Comments () : Post Comment

Aerial of San Francisco
Where San Francisco Neighborhoods Got Their Names

This is a city of famously diverse neighborhoods, and looking at the history of our ’hoods gives us insight into some very San Francisco folklore. Here are what 14 different areas have been called over the years and the stories behind their na

Posted on Sep 23 at 12:31 PM | Comments () : Post Comment

Oktoberfest Cheers
5 Oktoberfest Events You Don't Want to Miss

We may not be in Bavaria, but four San Francisco events and venues, plus one in the East Bay, bring on the oversized brews and German comfort food. So, to quote the traditional Oktoberfest opening words: “O’zapft is!” (It’s tapped!)

Posted on Sep 19 at 02:42 PM | Comments () : Post Comment

Photos of North Beach in the 70's and 80's

While September is in full swing, it’s still summer in San Francisco and a slew of local breweries are producing beers that fit the weather, vibe, and pallette of the city. These five brews are our recommendations for the local beers that you should drink

Posted on Sep 17 at 05:37 PM | Comments () : Post Comment

Octodog at Shakewell
Five New Stunt Foods You Need to Try Right Now in the Bay Area

Honey, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Pop a pair of Tums and check out some new challenges that are coming your way.

Posted on Sep 04 at 02:19 PM | Comments () : Post Comment

Dim Sum Club in San Francisco
Learn the First Rule of SF's Dim Sum Club

Da Vinci Villa Hotel in Russian Hill has brought in an unlikely new tenant, a restaurant called Dim Sum Club (2550 Van Ness Avenue). The focus is more on dim sum during the day, with a wide selection of noodle rolls, buns, and dumplings.

Posted on Sep 02 at 04:02 PM | Comments () : Post Comment

Camping near Golden Gate Bridge
Best Camping Within Two Hours of San Francisco

When you’re trying to plan a weekend camping trip and half your friends work until 5 p.m. on Friday, you can be sure you’re not getting to Yosemite or Big Sur before nightfall.

Posted on Aug 29 at 10:44 AM | Comments () : Post Comment

Closeup of a bowl of Ramen
8 Bowls of Ramen in the Bay Area You Need to Try

In the Bay Area, we’re fortunate that we can sample ramen that’s as varied as that in Japan. Some local spots also offer tasty vegetarian and vegan options. The following are some amazing bowls in the East Bay and San Francisco.

Posted on Aug 27 at 11:06 AM | Comments () : Post Comment

Nob Hill Masonic
Grand Masonic Hall Reopens With Big Music Lineup

After years of fighting with Nob Hill neighbors about the kinds of crowds a consistent concert venue would bring to their hood, Live Nation’s mission of giving the Masonic Center new life comes to fruition next month.

Posted on Aug 20 at 12:18 PM | Comments () : Post Comment

Chinatown Live in San Francisco
The Building That Will Transform Chinatown in 2015 and It's Going to be Delicious

Chinatown's newest building will be likened to New York’s Eataly for Chinese food. Is it 2015 yet?

Posted on Aug 19 at 12:50 PM | Comments () : Post Comment

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