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Rolligious Experience Skate party Turning a decom-missioned Catholic church into a gay-and burner-friendly roller disco was no easy feat, but they don’t call David Miles Jr. the Godfather of Skate for nothing. He strung up a disco ball, installed a new sound system, slapped a coat of glossy polyurethane on the floor, and rechristened the hallowed space, formerly Sacred Heart Church, the Church of 8 Wheels . A leader of the San Francisco skate scene since the ’70s, Miles preaches positivity through roller dancing and music. “We open up at 7 p.m., when the light’s still streaming through the stained glass,” he says. “You’re basically rolling in the eyes of the Lord.” The family-friendly Church hosts open skates ($10 admission, $5 skate rental) four days a week: Tuesday is Rainbow Night (aka Pride Skate), Wednesday is Rolligion Night (old-school funk, of course), Thursday is Guest DJ Night, Saturday afternoon is Kid Skate, and Saturday night is Black Rock Roller Disco. The Church is closed on Fridays, when Miles participates, as he has since 1989, in his own weekly sacrament—a 12-mile skate around the city. 554 Fillmore St. (near oak St.), 415-752-1967 lauRen MuRRow windowless Mission district room, and render you utterly disoriented sounds less like a fun weekend activity than a particularly sick installment of the Saw series, clearly you’ve never experienced the seductively brain-melting weirdness that is Outerbody Labs . The augmented-reality startup traffics in what it calls “technologically induced out-of-body experiences”—that is, multi-and single-person mazes, puzzles, and games, all enhanced (or encumbered) by the fact that their players are wearing headsets that replace normal vision with a live video feed pumped in from ceiling-mounted cameras. It looks and feels as though you’re playing a third-person video game—except that you’re the hero, and it’s a lot harder than it looks. Outerbody’s arcade currently offers dodgeball, oversize Connect Four, a clad waitstaff, Capone’s Speakeasy , opening this month in downtown Alam-eda after a million-dollar renovation, isn’t just a themed bar—it’s a veritable ’20s LARP-fest for the island’s (and the Bay Area’s) most ardent Gatsby devotees. For best results, order a plate of deviled eggs and an extra-stiff gin rickey—and for god’s sake, turn off your smart-phone. 1400 park St. (near Central ave.), 510-522-2391 Sean PyleS nightcap happieSt hour When Holy Water opened last fall in Bernal Heights, it was greeted with, well, religious fervor—and that was before the understated water-ing hole, operated by the folks behind Churchill and Bloodhound, began of-fering hands down the city’s best new Outdoor Boozing beer garden Oakland has tons of space, sunny climes, and a thriving beer industry, so it should come as no surprise that it also has the Bay Area’s best new combination thereof in Lost & Found Beer Garden . L & F’s pleasures are many, but chief among them are a Ping-Pong table (!), a dog-friendly policy, an impressive beer and food menu (get the curry popcorn and one of many IPAs)— and enough space to actually enjoy them all without having to dodge strangers’ elbows . 2040 telegraph ave. (at 21St St.), oakland, 510-763-2040 e.c. Breather nightliFe With its endlessly thrumming bass, frequent acrobatics shows, and expansive neon-lit dance floors, SoMa’s Monarch has never been known for peace and quiet. Which is exactly what makes the Emperor’s Drawing Room , the nine-month-old bar-within-a-bar hidden upstairs, such a welcome addition: With cloth-covered walls, plenty of seating, a refined drinks menu (think craft whiskey cocktails, not Red Bull and vodka), and a vibe that’s more laid-back lounging than sweat-soaked booty popping, it offers the perfect respite from—or better yet, warm-up to—the chaos of the rest of the club downstairs. 101 6th St. (at miSSion St.), 415-284-9774 ellen cuShing maze, and a puzzle game. It’s open to groups as well as the occasional walk-in; this summer, the company will also be taking some of its games on the road for various street fairs and festivals. 66 balmy St. (near 25th St.), 415-562-8309 e.c. twenties throwback theme bar The quaintest li’l island in the bay is about to get a little less Mayberry and a lot more mobster—in a very, very good way. With more than 7,000 square feet of period-perfect decor (think an art deco–style bar and lots of red velvet in a building dating back to 1888) and a zoot suit– and flapper dress– Head Trip chris rochelle augmented reality If the idea of paying a stranger to strap you into a creepy headpiece, lead you into a happy hour. That’s owing in large part to the late-ish time slot—the promotion, aptly dubbed the 11th Hour, starts at 11 p.m. nightly, making it a favorite of both neighborhood nightcappers and parents who’ve managed to snag a late-night babysitter. But make no mistake, this isn’t just your standard drink-discounts-and-bar-food affair, merely shifted a few hours later: 11th Hour provides a rotating list of special pro-motions, each with its own theme and draw. Flight Night, for example, offers the opportunity to sample barrel-aged cocktails from the owners’ other bars in a more laid-back setting, while dur-ing Full Disclosure, bartenders experi-ment with exotic ingredients and new July 2014 | San Francisco 99

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