When you first walk in to Blowfish Sushi, you may fear that the atmosphere is way too hip for you to be there, and that may be true. Japanese anime lines the walls, and the sushi chefs are hot despite their oh-so-ironic trucker caps. The fish they serve up, however, is quite nice. When I visited, I would especially recommend their tuna, which was incredibly flavorful. The specialty cocktails were decent (even though I'm not one who usually cares for such things), and their dessert was fine (although I probably would rather have the green tea ice cream than the green tea cheesecake). Best of all, it wasn't terrifically expensive. I'd recommend it for dates and celebratory dinners.
Yet another of San Francisco's many adult leather stores, this one makes high-quality bondage gear and whips, but probably their best products are their corsets, which they make in a variety of styles and purposes. I noticed on their website that they are also making products out of rubber as well, but I have not personally experienced them yet. Check out their harnesses for both men and women as well. They began as a women owned business; not sure if that's still the case, though.
Although Stormy Leather is not the cheapest brand out there, it is a reliable name.
Don't let that gay-friendliness fool you. The MCC is an evangelical church. If that's your bag, more power to you, but if you're looking for a progressive church that is also gay friendly, look elsewhere. Begun by an evangelical minister defrocked because he was gay, the MCC is rather disconcertingly willing to fall in line with other fundamentalist churches on everything except LGBT rights.
As its name implies, Glide Memorial Church is funded by a rather large endowment so that its money doesn't come from any conference. As a result, it has a great deal of independence from the church at large, which you can see in its services and its social programs. The services are eclectic, multilingual, and multicultural, and the church itself is far more gay-friendly than its parent denomination. If you're Protestant and queer or progressive, give these people a shot.
The next time you suddenly realize that you forgot to bring a gift to a friend's dinner party and you want to find something unusual, this is a fun place to shop. There's a huge collection of sodas and soft drinks, along with novelties and various other confections. Olives, honey straws, chiles, etc.
One wonders why this idea is not more common, really. Just like a regular library, the tool library has a central collection that borrowers can check out for a certain length of time to complete projects. Don't want to buy that circular saw/dremel tool/sander/whatever just to refinish that one table? Come on over here and check the stuff out, and then return it and let it clutter your life no more.
Perhaps the most dinstinctive feature of this hardware store in Berkeley (near the Berkeley Bowl) is its impressively knowledgeable staff. Not only do they probably have a good idea of what you need to complete your job, they also seem to know exactly where every single bolt and screw is supposed to be. Meticulously organized and generally well-equipped.
My close friend uses this vet for her cats because their vets come (for the most part) from UC Davis veterinary school and are therefore pretty competent. The place itself is clean, if a bit sterile and crowded, and there's usually relatively little high-pressure. If you're looking for warm and friendly, though, perhaps not.
Located on a street surrounded by little tiny dollar stores and other cheap shops, this branch of the Out of the Closet thrift store seems a bit out of place. Looking in, one realizes that the selection seems to have been designed to blend in with the rest of the neighborhood. All kinds of random and weird things show up at this location, some of which it might never occur to you to pay money for On the other hand, there is the occasional find that makes thrift-shopping worth it.
Donate here, though. Money goes to AIDS care, their donation sites are convenient, and their receipts are quite generous.
If you were foolish enough to rent a U-Haul despite the notorious bad service and unreliable equipment typical of the national chain, at least try not to compound your error by either renting from or returning to this franchise. The sheer incompetence of the staff reduced a grown man to tears, and they forced me to reload my own truck after it became clear that THEY had given me a truck with uncertain brakes. Customer service is so bad that it must have been deliberately trained to be unhelpful. All in all, an entirely negative experience.