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Bay to Breakers Liquor Store Map 2014

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 16, 2014 by djtennessee

b2bwineIt’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!



BREAKING: Alamo Square Park to be gated off for Bay to Breakers 2014

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 13, 2014 by djtennessee

A blue-ribbon commission has ended the party atop Hayes Hill.

A blue-ribbon commission has ended the party atop Hayes Hill.

It’s pretty rare when city officials’ attempts to crack down on Bay to Breakers revelry results in any actual cracking down upon, but this appears to be one of those years.

According to an announcement on the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association website, the southern half our beloved Alamo Square Park area atop Hayes Hill will be closed, gated off and locked for the duration of the Bay to Breakers 2014 race. This area has always served as an enormously sloppy impromptu “party zone” after racers have finished running Hayes Hill. The change comes not at the request of a neighborhood group or the race organizers, but straight from the SFPD.

Chief Greg Suhr told the SF Chronicle that “the community had a lot of concerns over drinking, urination, defecation and confrontations with people who didn’t have anything to do with the race.” The gates will stay up this whole weekend, and they will be fully locked during the race on Sunday morning.

Not everyone will applaud this move.

Not everyone will applaud this move.

Yes, they’re going to lock them because they figure some of you will try to hop the gates anyway. That is just hilarious.

This tactic has historically worked well in clamping down on the race day monkeyshines in the Panhandle. Since 2012, gates have been erected on the perimeter of the Panhandle park and the front of houses along Fell Street. The Panhandle park is then reopened after the race to serve as a replacement for the now-defunct Footstock post-race party, because apparently the SFPD would prefer our drunken asses have one central place to congregate.

The SFPD also claims they are beefing up security with 20% more officers on patrol during the race. I wouldn’t be too concerned about that threat. But I do imagine that gating off Alamo Square Park will successfully eliminate the annual party taking place at the top of the hill.

Thereby driving you to the insane house parties on Hayes Hill.