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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Yelp's New Wordmaps Show Where to Find Bacon and Yuppies

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

click to enlarge Unsurprisingly, S.F.'s largest hipster contingent appears to be in the Mission.
  • Unsurprisingly, S.F.'s largest hipster contingent appears to be in the Mission.

If you've always wondered where to go if you're a yuppie, hipster, romantic, or just hungover, Yelp recently released some maps to point wayward souls in the right direction.

Chris Chan, a Yelp data scientist who also helped engineer the maps and pens the official Yelp Wordmap blog, writes that the maps "reveal fascinating patterns of local discovery" and can help out of towners "live like a local, too."

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This might be obvious without Yelp, but we have a lot more places identified as "hipster" hangouts (see map above) than "frats" (below):

click to enlarge Places described with the word "frat" are centered in the Marina.
  • Places described with the word "frat" are centered in the Marina.

But, yuppies, apparently, are everywhere:

click to enlarge Spots for yuppies can be found all over town.
  • Spots for yuppies can be found all over town.

If you're looking for a good cocktail, or just an abundance of options, head down the BART line -- according to this map, that's where most Yelped bars are located. Makes sense, you won't have to stumble far to catch a ride home:

click to enlarge Cocktail bars follow the BART line.
  • Cocktail bars follow the BART line.

But you can imbibe without worrying about the next day's hangover -- cures for that can be found throughout the city:

click to enlarge S.F. is an equal-opportunity city when it comes to hangover cures.
  • S.F. is an equal-opportunity city when it comes to hangover cures.

You can peruse the rest of the maps at Yelp's Wordmap site.


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