Best New Space for Literary Readings

La Movida

Though open less than a year, La Movida has already distinguished itself in the city's cultural scene by hosting a phalanx of San Francisco literary events, including some of the most venerable, like “Inside Storytime” and a session of Litquake. It's rapidly becoming a center of S.F.'s independent literary scene. That's not because there's anything especially literary about La Movida. It's a quality wine bar with great food, but there's no “writing” theme there and, in fact, it's got no natural stage and mediocre acoustics. What it has going for it is a passion for hosting — repeatedly reaching out, always being gracious and cooperative, and taking “Yes” for an answer. The result: Indie writers show up. A lot.

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