Best Place for an All-in-One Date - 2003
Jezebel's Joint and Microcinema
The eternal dating-destination dilemma -- movies? music? drinks? dancing? -- is nicely resolved at Jezebel's, which offers all of the above, all in one night. There are two floors in this Tenderloin bar: The tiny "Microcinema" screening room, where rows of hard-backed chairs face a midsize screen, sits on the ground floor adjacent to the bar itself, making for an easy commute between movie-watching and drink-replenishing (films are also visible, though not necessarily audible, from monitors in the bar). Movies tend toward indie or cultish, often arranged by weekly themes and frequently pertaining to sex, drugs, aliens, or rock 'n' roll -- many are hilarious, though some beg for quick cocktail consumption. Either way, admission is by donation, so it's a cheap outing. Come for the films and stay for below-ground dance parties, where DJs spin goth, industrial, electroclash, and sometimes even rockabilly or new wave for beautiful pale youngsters and black-clad revelers of a certain age.