The black sheep of the family is always more fun to hang out with over a few beers. Lower Pacific Heights is the dressed down, fun answer to its overachiever, perfectionist sister borough (take that – Marsha, Marsha Marsha!).

This central setting is a multi-culti mash-up. Fillmore’s jazzy roots and Japantown’s blossoming community are two of the area’s most vibrant influences. J-pop and Jazz are always on the playlist in Lower Pacific Heights. Bordering the Fillmore commercial corridor, Lower Pac Heights is chock-full of bars, boutiques, and restaurants.

Demolish a cone of Humphry Slocombe while catching a movie at Kabuki Sundance Theater, then electric slide into disco night at the Boom Boom Room. If you can snag a table, flock to dinner at quirky, small-plate foodie heaven, the legendary State Bird Provisions – just make sure to plan for a lengthy sidewalk waiting session. In the mood for something a bit more low-key, or don’t like to plan ahead? How about working your way through a giant South Indian crepe at DOSA on Fillmore? Treat your taste buds to Cajun cuisine at The Elite Café, catch fresh sushi at Wayo, and wash it all down at the Wine Jar.

This delicious borough is bordered by (Upper) Pacific Heights to the north, Laurel Heights to the West, Polk Gulch and the Van Ness transit corridor to the east, and the Western Addition to the south, with Japantown having carved a small, yet significant, swatch into the neighborhood’s southeastern corner. The 101 North Highway provides access to the North Bay via the Golden Gate Bridge, and Van Ness Avenue leads directly to the 101 South and the Peninsula, while also providing easy access to the East Bay via Highway 280. Various MUNI routes shuttle residents back and forth between greater Pacific Heights and downtown San Francisco. You get a central setting and quick access to the rest of the city and beyond, plus the superior entertainment options that come from Fillmore and Japantown. Boom!