by John Dangaran - 7 Reviews - 1 List
If you think the recent vampire craze stops at the Twilight movies and Trueblood series, think again. With the new Vampire Diaries TV series airing this coming fall and no fewer than four vampire themes novels on the NYT's top 20 bestseller list, vamps are more popular than ever. In light of all this thirst for blood we've decided to put together places around the city for the vampire-obsessed to sink their teeth into.
Updated: October 07, 2009
Just last year over 3000 bloodthirsty adolescent Twilight fans rushed vampire-hunk actor Robert Pattinson like a pack of hungry werewolves as he appeared for a signing at Stonestown Galleria's Hot Topic. The signing was quickly canceled after fans were trampled, leaving one with a broken nose. Though there seems to be no plans for Pattinson to return to the Bay Area for a signing this time around, Twilight fans can still find the all gothic accessories they're dying for at this trendy alterna-teen emporium.
Willing to give blood, but not through two holes in your neck? Donating blood not only saves lives, but if you do have a vampire fetish this wouldn't be a bad place to hang out--you might even find some pacifist 'pires trying get their nourishment the humane way--by bribing blood bank workers with eternal life.
At this restaurant near Civic Center, people dine in complete darkness, ostensibly to heighten their sense of taste and smell, but Opaque would also make a great place to take a light-sensitive vampire on a date. The servers are all blind, meaning even if something lit the room up for a moment, no one would notice the long canines on your companion--or the untouched plate of food.
Interested in the macabre side of San Francisco's history? Try the Vampire Tour. Don't worry, they don't bite--at least very hard. They meet every Friday and Saturday night up on Nob Hill at around 8pm across from Grace Cathedral, and explore the darker side of places like the Fairmont Hotel, Pacific-Union Club, and Mark Hopkins Hotel. It's great for all ages and dressing-up is encouraged, so don't forget to bring your fake fangs! Tip: Instead of reserving your tour online, show up with $20 10-minutes beforehand to avoid service charges. Or check out www.goldstar.com for occasional 50% off tours!
For dark, sexy, and vampire-friendly couture, look within the vine-covered walls of the Dark Garden. Here you'll find the silk, satins, and patent leather custom corsets so popular among the plasma-sucking set, plus a wide variety of ready-to-wear garments. It's the perfect place for the elegant Victorian by day, naughty Gothic by night.
Got the itch to throw on your 6? knee-high leather boots and oil-slick mascara? Check out the DNA Lounge for Death Guild every Monday night. It's only $3 to get in before 10pm and $5 after, but you come with a dead stiff squirrel--no joke--you can show up anytime you want and just head straight for the door*. *Sorry only one squirrel per person.
Still sleeping in the same coffin that was given to you over 500 years ago, but can't afford a new one in these tough economic times? Have no fear; the Christy Vault of Colma is the place to be for all undead looking for a low-cost high-quality coffin ranging from fine woods to polished metals. Not only that, but they also offer officially licensed MLB caskets that make the perfect bed for those undying Giants fans eternally damned to miss all but the night games.