One of the city's colorful streets

City by the Bay

Fall in love with San Francisco, a world-class, cosmopolitan city without pretense.

How do you spend the ultimate guy-friendly getaway in San Francisco? Well, eating and drinking and sporting your way across the city, of course. First and foremost, forget all the tourist attractions like Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Coit Tower and riding the cable cars. Either you’ve already been there, done that, or you can check them out next time with the family. Let’s face it. You have more pressing business to attend to while you’re here… like where to get a proper pint of Anchor Steam ( on tap.

Next, San Francisco is a walking city (at a manageable seven miles by seven miles square), so the best way to explore it is on foot or by using the host of convenient, cheap transit options like the subway, buses, taxis, and, ultimately, there’s always Uber ( Pick an activity or a whole neighborhood you’d like to explore like Union Square, North Beach, Chinatown or The Haight and get lost. You’ll find your own personal favorites along the way.

Finally, here’s a quick tip on the weather: Expect the unexpected. So be sure to bundle up and layer your clothing. The old adage is true: “If you don’t like the weather in San Francisco, just wait a few minutes.”


During your man-centric stay in the Bay, an authentic steakhouse trip is a must. But which one of our many fine establishments should you choose? Personally, I’d recommend that you opt for a local landmark like the House of Prime Rib. Former “No Reservations” TV host Anthony Bourdain is a fan. As he himself described it while sitting down to dinner, “This is the American Dream right here.” The House of Prime Rib ( serves their fare in the English tradition, which means that it’s carved at your table, to your preference, from a stainless steel serving cart. Your massive cut of meat includes a generous portion of sides like salad, baked potato, Yorkshire pudding, creamed spinach and fresh horseradish. There’s even a sumptuous dessert cart (if you make it that far). This place is always popular so there will be a wait. Why not down a few classic martinis at the bar while you wait for your table? I do.

One place you absolutely must imbibe at is Bourbon & Branch (, a 1920s Prohibition-era, speakeasy-style craft cocktail cathedral located in the Tenderloin. Experience the ambiance of that long gone époque in an actual speakeasy that operated illegally at its location from 1921 to 1933. It’s a real treat. Outside, only an unassuming “Anti-Saloon League” sign signals the way. Inside, you’ll enjoy its dark and cozy environs while celebrating with proper cocktail service. The menu is impressively extensive featuring hand-numbered bottles of rare bourbon, exceptional scotch, world-class rums, tequilas and beyond. Your imagination’s the limit. A quick tip: Make sure you secure an online reservation beforehand, because you will need the secret password to get in nightly. B&B is hard to find and tough to beat. And, you can even slip next door to the Wilson & Wilson Detective Agency (, a gumshoe-inspired bar that’s a perfect overflow option.


The best news to hit San Francisco in recent memory is the opening of Levi’s Stadium (, the brand new home of the San Francisco 49ers ( Located south in sunny Santa Clara, the state-of-the-art facility features an open, airy design, spacious entry plazas, lots of luxury amenities like 165 private suites and 9,000 club seats, stadium-wide WiFi, mobile connectivity and so much more. It’s a great showcase for innovation in Silicon Valley and a perfect way to spend an afternoon during your stay in the Bay.

If you’re longing for a sporting life beyond football, the Bay Area has got you covered. I’d recommend enjoying the day at AT&T Park with the San Francisco Giants ( or an evening in Oakland cheering on the Golden State Warriors ( basketball team.


When you visit San Francisco, the best and easiest locale to stay in is Union Square, because it’s right in the heart of all the action. As you’d expect, it’s also a massive tourist mecca like Waikiki, so I’d be mindful of the crowds when you come. Now, there are lots of lavish accommodations to choose from in the city, but one that stands out for me is the Clift Hotel (, a luxury boutique hotel centrally located in the Tenderloin just steps from Union Square. It’s modern, elegant and usually lively at night. It also sits nearby to many fantastic bars, restaurants and clubs. But first, check into your deluxe suite and head straight to the Clift’s famous and historic Redwood Room to grab a signature craft cocktail like the Redwood Room Martini or the Clift Manhattan. It’s a sexy bar experience you’ll not soon forget. On the weekends, the lobby area transforms into an upscale party for SF’s beautiful people. Definitely dress to impress.

If the Clift’s modern chic isn’t to your taste, I’d recommend one of San Francisco’s classic luxury lodgings, such as the Palace Hotel (, which debuted in 1875 as the world’s largest and most luxurious hotel. Today, the Palace’s 552 immaculate guest rooms have been newly restored, creating a perfect balance of function and comfort. And, the Palace is sure to indulge you and your crew with the impeccable quality of service that gave the Age of Elegance its name. Located just south of Market Street in the Financial District, it’s perfectly situated right across the street from The House of Shields (, a true English pub opened in 1908 where you can get a tasty pint of Stella and a shot of Irish whiskey before plotting out your action-packed evening of adventure and mischief ahead. Bring on the night!

Photo Courtesy Andaz Maui At Wailea

Photo Courtesy Andaz Maui At Wailea


Hawaiian hospitality, culturally rich experiences and lush surroundings reign supreme at Andaz Maui at Wailea. So sleek and vibrant that it recently made Conde Nast Traveler‘s 2014 Hot List, this is the first of Andaz’s 10 hotels established in a resort destination. The 297-guestroom locale, nestled along miraculous Mokapu Beach, encompasses seven luxurious villas, spacious suites and guestrooms. Conceptualized by award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, a palette of natural materials (think glowing Ambrato stone framed in mahogany), Andaz’s aesthetics accentuate natural simplicity and brilliant open-air environs. Activities are plentiful, adventurous guests can revel in a round of afternoon golf or tennis before breaking to peruse Wailea’s lavish shops. Other ventures to pursue include water sports and whale-watching excursions. Desire a tranquil holiday? Discover solace at ‘Awili Spa and Salon, an apothecary with indigenous herbs and customized remedies, before escaping to relish one of three cascading infinity pools. Dining, too, becomes a sport of leisure. Savor rich island flavors at one of two full-service restaurants showcasing the finest in Hawai’i’s culinary artistry- Morimoto Maui, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s fusion gem; and the resort’s residential-style Ka’ana Kitchen. These will surely make for a memorable-and indulgent-experience. Zest or zen, pleasure awaits. – by C.C.

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