Let's do lunch:
It's counterintuitive, right? On a summer Friday, you're probably thinking sunny picnic, not frozen steppes. But, says SF Weekly food critic Meredith Brody, head to Russian tearoom Katia's (600 Fifth Ave. at Balboa) for the eggplant caviar and mushroom and onion blinchiki.
Nah, it's Friday -- everyone and his mom will beat you to the comfy seats under the windows. Still, with $5 wells and other happy hour specials, you could do worse than standing at Wish (1539 Folsom at 11th St.).
On Sunday, penetrate the jungly monkey ambience of Lingba Lounge (1469 18th St. at Connecticut) for karaoke, plus the thing that makes karaoke bearable: cheap drinks. Score $3 beers and $5 Jameson shots, 7-11 p.m.