Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Make the Most of Your Evening in the Theatre

Ease Your Parking Pains

Get dinner before the show. Between 3 and 6pm there's no street parking downtown (during weekdays). If you arrive promptly at 5:45pm, you can park on the stree tof free-- the meter maids are gone for the day. That leaves plenty of time for a relaxing dinner.

Dine at One of the city's Best
If you've followed the parking advice above, you've got plenty of great restaurants within walking distance. To name just a few:

Colibri Mexican Bistro, 438 Geary: between Mason and Taylor, across the street from A.C.T. Theatre. <415-440-2737) Dinner Entrees $14 to 18, Specialty Cocktails and wines by the glass $8 to $16.

E&O Trading Co., 314 Sutter St.; San Francisco, 415-693-0303, Dinner Entrees $15 to 26, Full Bar.

First Crush Restaurant & Wine Bar, 101 Cyril Magnin, San Francisco, 415-982-7874, Dinner: Small Plates $8 to 14 and Large Plates $18 to 29, Full Bar.

Scala's Bistro, 432 Powell St. near Post., 415-395-8555, Dinner Entrees: $20-34, Bar menu: $3-16, Full Bar.

Sears Fine Food 439 Powell St. near Post., 415-986-0700, Dinner Entrees: $14.25-29.95.

Azul: Lounge and Tapas 1 Tillman Place; San Francisco, 415-362-9750, Tapas menu with one Dinner Plate: $4-13. Extensive Bar and Cocktail menu.

Wet Your Whistle at the Theatre
Second Wind has always believed that you shouldn't be gouged for a glass of wine or a cookie just becuase you're in the teatre, so we keep the lowest prices in town. Have a glass of Viogner or Zin for just $3. We recommend arriving 20 minutes before the show. (Or try our
Elite Pass
for special savings.)

Make Sure Your Smart Phone is Smart
Second Wind is the only company in the Bay Area that includes QR Codes in our programs. Access behind-the-scenes videos with your smart phone. You'll need a free QR Reader. Download one from your phone's app store.

Say Hello to an Actor
The concession stand doesn't close when the curtain goes down. Grab and drink and stay in the lobby. After about five minutes the actors begin to emerge in their street clothes. Say hellow, ask a question, or give them a pat on the back.

Running Late? Go with Plan B
If you're running a little late to the show we recommend the Stockton Street Garage. It's the cheapers in the area and about three blocks away. When you arrive at the theatre, buy a drink when you pick up your ticket. You can take it into the theatre. If the show has already started, we do allow late seating, but the concessions bar will be closed.



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