March 6, 2015
Around the Square
San Francisco Starts Here
Art & Dragons

In today's newsletter, we have an eating and drinking guide to tomorrow's Chinese New Year parade, details on St. Laurent's expansion and info on the brand new cocktail and oyster bar in the 'hood. 

First, perusing art exhibits is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Union Square! We have tons of renowned art galleries all within walking distance of each other. Read about the stunning, strange and impressive art exhibits happening right now in the Square on our blog.


If you plan
to enjoy the spectacular Chinese New Year Parade coming through Union Square and Chinatown this weekend, be sure to check out last week's blog post with our tips for a fantastic parade day, and follow our live coverage of the parade with #SFCNYParade on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

For a food and drink focused approach to the event, you'll want to check Inside Scoop's Map of eating and drinking spots along the parade route. Union Square faves like E&O, Burritt Room and Hakkasan are featured. Read on here

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This week, we welcomed to the hood a tiny but mighty cocktail bar called Benjamin Cooper from the bartenders behind Big. As usual these guys have packed a lot into a small space, including charming vintage décor, a creative cocktail list and oysters, lots of oysters. It's located inside the Hotel G. Read all about it on Eater SF or Urbandaddy

Lovers of smoky mezcal will want to join Bartlett Hall Mar. 8 at 2 pm for a free tasting with Casa Cortés owner Rolando Cortés. The family-owned Mexican distillery has been making mezcal since 1840. To RSVP call (415) 433-4332.

Williams-Sonoma has released a whole slew of delightful and practical cooking classes on topics such as Knife Skills, Portable Lunches and Easter Lamb. Sign up and learn more on Eventbrite

Ladies, do your happy dance, because the luxurious Saint Laurent on Geary St. is expanding to include women's apparel. The newly revamped shop is slated to open in May. Details are on Racked
Be the first to see and shop the super-sophisticated fall collection from Babette! Titled Renaissance Women, it was created to capture the spirit of empowered women. The Sutter St. location will hold a special preview trunk show Mar. 12-15.

Biz Buzz   

Sponsor one of our exciting events! We have sponsor opportunities for as little as $1,250. Gain exposure to local food lovers through our Food + Art event, or get in front of fashion lovers through our Fall Fashion Fest. See our Consumer Sponsor Packet here, and reply to this email for a custom package or BtoB opportunities. 

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What’s happening in Union Square?

SouthWest Chinese New Year Parade
Union Square & Chinatown
Sat. Mar. 7
5:15-8 pm

Like a Rainbow, Love and Inspiration: Photographs by Pattie Boyd
SF Art Exchange
Feb. 14 - Mar. 31

For a full list of Union Square events, visit our events page.

Get involved!

Union Square BID meetings and events are open to the public, but we request an RSVP. 

Public Affairs Committee
Tues. Mar. 10
8:30 - 10 am

Marketing Committee Meeting

Wed. Mar. 11
9:30 - 11 am

The full list of committee meetings and board agendas is available on our website.  

*For meeting location and to RSVP, call the Union Square BID office at 415.781.7880.

Image Credits:

Union Square BID
Alma and Lantern