Just when you thought you had survived the gauntlet that is the holiday season, San Francisco’s own arbiters of star-rating and the voice of maddening crowds, Yelp, have decided to include the latter in their annual holiday party.
Like restaurants, bars and other service industry businesses, they’re having their shindig after the holidays, so prepare your renal system for one more double-punch of spirits and saturated fats.
In order to accommodate all those wonderful yelpers out there in the dark, they have decided to not throw just one party, but FIVE. Yep, that’s right, a weeklong holiday party. Don’t start rubbing your hands in lascivious glee just yet, though. Like a genie or a game show, there is a caveat to this bacchanal. Remember, their goal is to try and cram as many revelers into this deal as possible, so in order to attend, sadly you are only able to choose one. Le weep, le sniffle..
Each night has a theme, which like picking a room at the Madonna Inn, makes your choice that much harder. Do you, say, go for the The Seven Deadly Sins or will it be Casino Royale? For me, it would entirely depend if it were more David Niven than Daniel Craig for the latter.
To help you split hairs, each one also features different local artists, purveyors, and give aways. Only you can truly know if you’ll get more jazzed over grub from LimÃ²n, a complimentary up-do or silk-screened “beer cooziesâ€ (sic.)
Constants for all five nights will be free tipple provided by Widmer Brothers and Skyy as well as the super luxe setting of the Payne Mansion where you’ll bask in the gilt glow of early Western Addition majesty.
The only real downside to this affair is that there are a few rules and procedure that entail the actual RSVP and event decorum, which you can find in detail here.
Also, no rest for the wicked, dear hearts – get your RSVP in before they sell out!
That and the Alka- Seltzers you’ll need the next day. At least they forewarned you with the name.
Yelp’s Holiday Hangover
Sunday, January 9, 2011- Thursday, January 13, 2011
6 p.m.- 10 p.m.
1409 Sutter Street (@ Franklin Street)
[Western Addition/ Cathedral Hill]