Style Diaries

Bay City Roller

Chris Black turns his lens on San Francisco's new style landmarks.

It’s a town framed by rolling fog, picturesque bay views, and august bridges (as well as the occasional inescapable prison); films like Vertigo, Bullitt, and Zodiac have firmly entrenched it on the international style map. But that doesn’t mean a guy couldn’t use a little help navigating the sprawl of hotels, bars, restaurants, and stores that is 21st-century San Francisco. And so, with the city still riding the high of its first-ever World Series victory (uh, no, the Oakland A’s don’t count), we looked to itinerant world traveler, Done to Death impresario, and all-around man of style Chris Black to show us where a man should spend a few dozen hours by the bay.

Photos by Chris Black

Henry Rollins at Black Flag band practice in 1982, by Glen E. Friedman; from his show "Fuck You All" at the 941 Geary Gallery.

The legendary Redwood Room at the Clift: What every hotel bar should aspire to.

A Prouvé-inspired set of vintage metal doors at Tradesman on Valencia.

Lots to look at behind the cash wrap at Unionmade.

The Fish Theatre at Dave Eggers's 826 Valencia writing center. "Definitely one of the top five pirate stores I've been to recently."—David Byrne

Olive-oil and rosemary cookies are a must at the original Blue Bottle Coffee.

The headquarters of the San Francisco Chronicle celebrates the Giants' World Series victory.

Watching the roasting process at Four Barrel Coffee.

The three-story Levi's Flagship in Union Square.

The LED-light-filled, wine-bottle chandelier at Bar Bambino. The egg, truffle salt, and parmigiano-reggiano bruschetta? Insane.

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