It’s hell finding a liquor store when you’re way out in the wilderness components of the Bay to Breakers race. That’s why we added “recommended escape routes” to this year’s Bay to Breakers Liquor Store Map, helping you navigate the disorienting backwoods of Golden Gate Park when you run out of booze and smokes. Each little cocktail glass on the above map indicates a liquor store that’s open during Bay to Breakers on Sunday morning. The blue line shows your race course, and the red lines show your most efficient routes for jumping off course to replenish your constantly dwindling supply of beer, liquor and cigarettes.
To view this map on your smartphone during the race, you’ll need to click on this link or email it to yourself in advance. You cannot open a custom map like this from within the Google Maps app because, I don’t know, maybe Google is hurting for money and can’t afford people who can program features. On an Android phone, you can just click the link. On an iPhone, you’ll have to paste that URL into your browser and hit Go.
The big change to this year’s Bay to Breakers Liquor Store Map is that we now have a head shop! SOMA Supermarket (Howard & 6th St.) has a little vape and bong shop inside their grocery store. We also welcome hippy grocery co-op Other Avenues (Judah & 44th Ave.) as a great refill spot for the end of the race. But this year we bid farewell to Europa Express (Irving & 15th Ave.) and Park Farmer’s Market (Irving & 6th Ave.). No liquor stores have been torn down to build condos, but Park Farmer’s Market is being turned into a One Medical Group facility.
Considering how wasted I am when I do this map, there may be an error or two. If you see anything that’s not accurate, give me some shit in the Comments section below. I’ll be updating this baby all weekend, and right up to the race on Sunday!