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Polk St. Neighborhood

Music City Hotel is located in the vibrant Polk Gulch/Lower Nob Hill neighborhood. Located on the first street immediately to the right when exiting the Hotel, Polk Street is filled with a wide array of amazing food options, shops, as well as unique bars and nightlife. The neighborhood has historical significance as the original center for San Francisco’s LGBT community, and more recently has harbored members of the arts community and important music venues such as Kimo’s, Great American Music Hall, The Regency Ballroom, Hemlock Tavern, The Masonic Theater, and more. In the 1960s at the height of the counterculture movement, a music venue in the neighborhood called the Avalon ballroom played a vital role in hosting influential acts such as Moby Grape, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the Grateful Dead.

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Nearby Attractions

Music City Hotel is very centrally located, and it is possible to reach many nearby attractions on foot, or a combination of walking and local MUNI bus ($2.50 for 90 minutes of travel, exact change only). These destinations are all located within a 15-20 minute walk from the hotel: Union Square, Chinatown, Nob Hill, Civic Center, Japantown, Little Saigon. These famous neighborhoods are located slightly further, or reachable easily by bus: North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, Russian Hill, SOMA, Financial District.

Several cable car lines are located nearby such as the California line just two blocks north of the Hotel. Here are some must see areas located within 30-45 minutes by bus: The Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, Mission District, The Castro.

If you will be staying in the city three days or longer you may want to consider getting an SF Visitor bus pass, giving unlimited, and very convenient use of MUNI bus and cable cars. Look for more information and pricing here:

Visitor Day Passes

Both a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s grocery store are located within a five minute walk from the hotel. There is a Walgreens pharmacy and convenience store located across the street from the hotel that is open until 10pm. Our staff will be happy to assist you with directions about public transit within the city, and free maps showing bus routes are provided at the front desk.

Restaurants & Food

There are quite a variety of food options in the neighborhood, ranging from fast food to fancy sit down restaurants, and cuisines from all over the world. Here are a few of our favorite options, all located between a couple-hundred feet and a half-mile from Music City Hotel:

  • Golden Coffee
    901 Sutter St
    Open 7am – 2:30pm

    Great cozy and local feeling spot for an inexpensive and quality diner breakfast.
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  • Quetzal Internet Café
    1234 Polk St
    Open 6:30am – 10pm

    Coffee shop and Internet cafe nearby the Hotel. Serves beer, wine, pastries and other food items. Large space with WiFi access and computers available to rent.
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  • Sammy’s Café
    1416 Bush St
    Open 7:30am – 4:00pm

    Relaxed and quiet spot for quality sandwiches, coffee, breakfast burritos and more. Friendly staff.
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  • Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
    1042 Larkin St
    Open 7am – 2:30pm

    Trendy and popular bakery for rich and unique sweets, including the famous cruffin! Iconic neon pink sign is perfect for photo ops. Get there early if you crave the cruffins – there’s often a line and they sell out by 9am.
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  • Swan Oyster Depot
    1517 Polk St
    Open 10:30am – 5:30pm

    Landmark seafood counter, known as an institution for quality and fresh seafood for over 100 years. Beloved by both locals and tourists, be prepared for a slight wait due to the popularity and small size.
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  • Tommy’s Joynt
    1101 Geary Blvd
    Open 10am – 1:30am

    A San Francisco institution around since 1947, Tommy’s Joynt features incredible barbeque meat, sandwiches and American comfort food. Vibrant communal dining hall seating including booths, along with a huge international beer selection. Metallica’s favorite place to eat when they played the city’s rock clubs in their early days.
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  • Aria Korean Snack Bar
    932 Larkin St
    Open 11am – 9pm

    Casual, friendly establishment serving quick and tasty homestyle Korean American food, including variety lunch boxes, ramen, sushi, and bibimbap. The korean fried chicken lunchbox is highly recommended.
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Nightlife & Bars

Polk Street is one of the major areas in the city that people from all over flock to for bars, nightlife and entertainment. On Friday and Saturday nights the street is bustling with activity, giving off a fun and festive vibe. Here are a few of our recommendations for bars, entertainment and nightlife near the hotel.

The Hemlock Tavern (great for local live music!), McTeague’s Tavern, Mayes Oyster House, The Kozy Kar, Soda Popinski’s, The Pour House, Upcider, The Regency Ballroom, The Great American Music Hall.

For a truly unique experience in the arts, check out Audium, located just a few blocks from the hotel:

  • Audium
    1616 Bush St
    Opens 8pm

    Audium is ’the only theater of its kind in the world, pioneering the exploration of space in music’, providing an auditory sensory experience where the listener is bathed in sound moving across 176 speakers.
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Performances are held on only on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm, with limited seats available on a first come, first served basis, get there early. Find out more here:

Audium Website

Directions from Airport by Public Transit

To reach the Hotel from SFO airport you will need to use the BART train from the station at the airport. You will take the BART train to either Civic Center or Powell Station (cost of $8.25 per person). From either of these stations it is about a 20 minute walk to the Hotel or roughly a ten minute bus ride. It is slightly faster to go through Civic Center station, however it is slightly more pleasant of a transit when coming from Powell Station due to not needing to go through the Tenderloin or Central Market neighborhoods. It is preferred to travel through the Powell station at night.

From Civic Center you will need to walk north from the station past the civic center plaza and city hall to reach Polk Street. It is a straight shot to walk up Polk Street until you reach Bush St. and then take a right and we are halfway along the block towards Larkin st. To reach the Hotel by bus from Civic Center, find the bus stop for the #19 bus in front of the Asian Art Museum, along civic center plaza. Bus #19 turns onto Polk Street after a few blocks, get off the bus at Polk St and Sutter St. and walk one block north to reach Bush Street the take a right.

For walking directions from Powell Station you will need to walk north on Powell Street (along the cable car tracks) after exiting the station, towards Union Square. After passing Union Square, walk two more blocks to reach Sutter Street where you will take a left turn. Walk for a ways along Sutter Street until you start going downhill a bit and reach Larkin Street. Take a right on Larkin St., one more block north to Bush, then a left turn and we are there in the middle of the block.

For bus transit to the Hotel from Powell or Montgomery Stations, it is recommended to take the 38 bus on Geary Blvd. (along Union Square), or the 2 or 3 bus on Sutter Street. These will both take you to within a few blocks south of the hotel if you get off at Larkin or Polk Streets.