DPEM’s Best of the Bay Picks


In celebration of TEN years as producer of San Francisco magazine’s Best of the Bay, we’re breaking down our 10 “bests” of the Bay Area. We are always pursuant of the hot, cool and undiscovered.

P.S. Don’t forget to use our exclusive producer’s discount when buying your Best of the Bay tickets here. Use code DPEM for 10% off Main and VIP tickets.

1. The Battery

This place oozes “cool.” If you can get in with a member, sipping on cocktails in the hidden room behind the bookcase is a must.

2. Free Outdoor Movie Screenings

There is nothing that says summer more than watching free movies outside, other than oh, yeah… fog. See a full listing here.

3. Gotham Club before Giants Games

The perfect way to kick off a game is to watch the pre-game action from the Bullpen, along right field warning track, while imbibing on local beer. Visit Gotham Club website here.

4. Morning Walk at Fort Cronkhite

Nothing says Northern California coastline like the Marin Headlands. The best part? Fort Cronkhite is under 30 minutes away.

5. Ferry to Dinner at Farmshop

Just across the street from the Larkspur Ferry Landing, Farmshop perfectly serves up the bounty from local farmers and artisans.

6.  Eating Our Way Through the City Via Avital Tours

If we had to choose just one way to enjoy San Francisco, we would take a big bite out of it. Avital Tours offer the perfect progressive food tours through the #1 food city in the world.

7. Cinnamon Toast at Trouble Coffee

Their website is as elusive as their menu. The coffee is great, but the Cinnamon Toast is better. In fact, it’s the best we’ve ever had and worth the $4.

8. Friday Night Bites at Bluxome Street Winery

Every Friday night Bluxome rolls up their door and brings in food and music. That paired with Bluxome Wine and the SOMA sunshine, and we’re happy campers.

9. Sipping a Cup of Tea at Flora Grubb

As if Flora Grubb wasn’t already perfect enough! They also have a Ritual Coffee outpost that serves Song Tea at the gardens. It’s the perfect place for a spontaneous retreat.

10. Spa Day at Nob Hill 

Tucked away on the top of the Hill, Nob Hill Spa has everything you need to pamper yourself. Indoor pool and hot tub: check. Lunch delivered to you while you soak: check. Outdoor deck overlooking the city: check and check!

Posted by: Lindsay Sutherland, Discount Tickets, Inspiration, Tips of the Trade

Summer Bucket List

Right up there with swimming in the ocean and grilling outside, we’ve curated the ultimate Summer Bucket List.

- Breathe deeply and watch the sun rise through the fog over Alamo Square this summer at free yoga classes in the park.

Sunrise Alamos Square

- Get some friends together, grab some popcorn and a bottle of wine, and head out to Dolores Park, Washington Square, or Union Square for free outdoor movies.

Outdoor Movie2

- Whip up a fresh Caipirinha, a lovely Brazilian cocktail made with just 3 ingredients, for the perfect cocktail to enjoy on a warm summer night.


- Bike through the salty breeze of the Golden Gate and wheel your way to Sausalito for a sunny game of Bocce Ball at Bar Bocce, which sits waterfront on Richardson’s Bay.


- Taste some of the most delicious food at Off the Grid’s Sunday Picnic in the Presidio.


- Venture out to Marin County and discover a beautiful swing overlooking the Bay Area. The entrance is top secret, but we’re happy to share with you: enter through 100 Gilmartin Drive, Tiburon, 94920.


- Indulge in an “Ice Cream Crawl” through the city and treat yourself to the best and most tasty spots of San Francisco. Some of our favorites: Bi-Rite Creamery, Three Twins, and Smitten.


- Hike through the trees and enjoy breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin Headlands.



For more “summah time” inspiration, find ideas here.

Posted by: Lindsay Sutherland, Inspiration, Tips of the Trade

DPEM’s 4th of July ‘It List’

From the invites to the hostess gift, we’ve got the list to make your Fourth of July celebration complete. Take a look at our favorite things for hosting a patriotic party at home.

We reduce our reliance on paper as often as possible, and love the adorable e-vites that are cropping up. These vintage invitations are as nostalgic as they are patriotic.

A hostess gift is a must when you are a guest in anyone’s home, and this nautical wine carrier is perfect for summer picnics and events.

A party ain’t a party without a proper cocktail in our book. This summer has proven to be quite warm, and we can’t get enough of this ice tea spiked with St. Germain and bitters.

A great way to make a statement is to style your food just as much as your decor. Look to our Pinterest for more inspiration in the food & beverage department.

We love to keep our tabletops and decor simple and effortless looking, creating a relaxed and comfortable space for our guests. A few vases of gorgeous seasonal flowers, linen napkins and crisp white plates – it’s as easy as that! (More at-home decor and design tips on our Pinterest boards!)

Every party needs a scrumptious dessert to finish it off, and there is nothing like strawberry shortcakes in the summertime.

If you are anything like us, then you have plenty of food leftover after your parties. We love this super cute way of giving guest leftovers to take home.

And most of all, relax and enjoy YOUR Fourth of July!

Posted by: Lindsay Sutherland, Inspiration, Tips of the Trade