by Chelsea Lin - 273 Reviews - 109 List
Sometimes not even a pair of stylish wellies can make a rainy day bearable. To beat the stormy-weather blues, head to these cozy spots for indoor entertainment, fire-side relaxation and heavenly comfort foods that'll make you forget all about the gray skies outside.
Updated: January 19, 2010
This beach-side restaurant and brewery is an obvious fair weather choice, but the cozy fireplace downstairs and beautiful sea views upstairs (in sister spot Beach Chalet) make it an ideal location for sipping a house-made brew and watching the storm blow in, especially if lightning is involved.
On a dreary day, the Kabuki complex is a perfect one-stop to beat the blues. Catch a flick at Robert Redford's indie-focused theater, enjoy a bite and a drink in the one of the center's eateries, then head downstairs to the same-named Kabuki Springs spa for a soak in one of the Japanese hot pools.
This fully sustainable, state-of-the-art alter to SF's inner science geek can provide an easy day's entertainment for the young and old alike, and there's even a place to grab a bite and wait out the storm. Park in the downstairs garage to ensure that the only water you have to physically encounter is the hands-on tide pool.
If a storm catches you off guard while you're boutique shopping in Pac Heights (which, realistically, is quite likely come winter), stop into this chocoholic's wonderland for a warm, decadent sugar fix in the form of one of their gourmet hot chocolates. If you've absolutely got to get going, head into nearby Zinc Details and use the rain as an excuse to pick up a colorful Marimekko umbrella.
Don't let a bout of miserable weather ruin your workout. Outdoorsy folk and urban climbers--professional or first-timers--can rope-up at this challenging indoor rock climbing facility that also offers classes in yoga, indoor cycling and cardio boxing.
Sure, a cup of English Breakfast can be whipped up at home in a matter of moments, but the stellar tea selection (try White Peony or Blood Orange Pu-erh) and creative snacks make this normally sunny teahouse overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens a comfortable place to watch the rain. Hit the Metreon after for a movie if you just can't bear the thought of a wet Muni ride.