Where to Spot Techies in the Bay Area
Jesse Draper, host of the Cox Media Group syndicated talk show "The Valley Girl Show," set to debut in June, gives the lowdown on where to spot the Bay Area's big names.
Jesse Draper, host of the upcoming 30-minute Cox Media Group syndicated talk show The Valley Girl Show, gives us the low-down on where to find the Bay Area's top tech people.
The Battery Club (717 Battery Street, San Francisco; thebatterysf.com): "Similar to SoHo house, you need to be a member. I would call this the ultimate tech hangout. I just had breakfast there with Julia Hartz, president of Eventbrite."
Blue Bottle Coffee (66 Mint Plaza, S.F.; bluebottlecoffee.com): "Twitter's Evan Williams invested in Blue Bottle's $45.7 million round. It's definitely one of the Valley's faves."
The Cavalier (360 Jessie Street, S.F.; thecavaliersf.com): "Anna Weinberg’s third restaurant next to the Hotel Zetta. It’s the place to go for techies like Jack Dorsey (his office is a few blocks away) for tech-speak-inspired drinks such as 'The Angel.' "
Dirty Habit, (12 Fourth Street, S.F.; dirtyhabitsf.com): "This new bar and restaurant just opened at the Hotel Palomar. I've seen the kids that work at Tesla here speaking all their electric car nonsense, the Paypal mafia and the PR girls from Silicon Valley all mixing together in a hesh-mesh of tech jabber."
Heidi Says (2426 Fillmore Street, S.F.; heidisays.com): "They have some of the best designers like 10 Crosby by Derek Lam, Rag & Bone and Tibi. I've seen Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer pick up a few silk blouses at the fabulous boutique."
The Mill (736 Divisadero Street, S.F.; themillsf.com): "Engineers and designers convene at this coffee shop, here to take their eyes off of their screens and drink some good black coffee and brainstorm their next line of code. No WiFi, but worth the unplug."
Philz Coffee (3101 24th Street, S.F.; philzcoffee.com): "Philz Coffee's second-largest fan is Mark Zuckerberg. He opened one on the Facebook campus, and it's the only thing you actually have to pay for there. If you don't work at Facebook and want to grab a cup of joe, visit the original Philz Coffee on 24th and Folsom in San Francisco."
Epiphany Hotel (180 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto; jdvhotels.com): "This hotel just opened, but since Palo Alto is fairly small, everyone gets excited. It's already become a great hangout for drinks. The RelateIQ employees congregate here after work. I would call this place technofabulous."
Oren's Hummus (261 University Ave., Palo Alto; orenshummus.com): "I've seen TuneIn Radio’s John Donham and Kristin George at this small restaurant. I've even seen 'The Zuck' make an appearance. Turns out techies like hummus."
Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel (2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park; rosewoodhotels.com): "Happy hour is where all of the entrepreneurs try and casually bump into the investors in the area. I've even attended a board meeting for Bizworld, a nonprofit I'm involved with, in the restaurant. Thursday night is a scene. VC partners from Sequoia to Kleiner or Redpoint, and even the private equity companies in the area can be found here."
A version of this story first appeared in the June 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.