sub·cul·ture ˈsəbˌkəlCHər / noun a : cultural group within a larger culture, often having beliefs or interests at variance with those of the larger culture.

“Your first stop should be Kapow!, located on the westernmost stretch referred to by locals as the 500 Block. It’s best known for its slammin’ Kapow-er Hour happy hour. From 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. the bar staff will sling the bar’s best deal: $5 draft beer, Sapporo, and half-priced wines by the glass. Pair them with small plates, dim sum, and gyoza tacos priced at $5 to $10 with options including truffle oil and parmesan cheese-infused grilled shishito peppers or a trio of ahi tuna poke tacos topped with sesame, avocado, and tosazu dashi vinegar.”

“For live music. If you’re looking for a good show, there’s no better place than Respectable Street. Located at the start of the 500 block, this live music spot is not only one of the city’s — but also one of the county’s — longest-running live music venues. It first opened in 1987 and remains among the city’s oldest watering holes. It’s kind of dark and dingy at this point — the place has hosted over 1,000 live acts — but that’s part of the allure. Doors open at 9 p.m. for most shows, but the fun doesn’t really get started until much later, and doors close at 3 a.m. Expect to find off-beat acts and discover new music. Owner and music lover, Rodney Mayo of Subculture Restaurant Group, still has a hand in deciding who takes the stage, so it’s a well-curated list of up-and-coming artists. Once-unknown acts such as the Misfits, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Damned made early appearances here.”

“For a slinky jazz vibe. Head next door to Voltaire. Up a narrow flight of stairs, you’ll find one of the city’s coolest lounges. Like any good cocktail bar, this stylish venue has a strong speakeasy vibe. Named after and inspired by the 18th-century writer and philosopher of the same name, the spot is an ode to those who advocate for freedom of expression. Feel free to do just that with a drink or two in hand. The unique, multi-dimensional concept features a library of libations and spirits, including a varied selection of absinthe. Hungry after all of that creative loafing? In-house Yellow Jack Sushi provides some truly beautiful sushi offerings (and a ton of sake) for all your late-night noshing needs.”

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