My City: The library on a Vespa and late-night ice cream 

Faves and raves by Drew Sanocki, co-founder of Design Public, a Web site that sells modern design pieces (www.designpublic.com).

PERSONAL STATS
AGE:
36
YEARS IN CITY: Seven
NEIGHBORHOOD: Pacific Heights
SELF-DESCRIPTION: I can be amusing, whether you’re laughing with me or at me

FAVORITE COCKTAIL
Bourbon & Branch
Where:
501 Jones St. between Geary and O’Farrell streets
What: The Revolver
Info: (415) 346-1735 or www.bourbonandbranch.com
“The Revolver is a mixture of bourbon and bitters. This place reminds me of those secret bars in New York City where you’d walk through a convenience store and into a bar. It just has a similar feel to it.”

FAVORITE DESIGN STORE
Propeller
Where:
555 Hayes St. between Laguna and Octavia streets
What: Furniture and accent pieces by local artists
Info: (415) 701-7767 or www.propellermodern.com
“I just like that Propeller stocks a lot of local designers. I’ve picked up some Derek Chen trays there.”

FAVORITE LATE-NIGHT SNACK
Genki Crepes
Where:
330 Clement St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues
What: Peanut butter and chocolate ice cream
Info: (415) 379-6414 or www.genkicrepes.com
“Usually, late at night, everyone’s pushing to go to a diner, but I’d rather eat ice cream. This is where my East Coast-ness comes out; people from Massachusetts consume the most ice cream per capita in the country.”

FAVORITE CHEAP EATS
Gaspare’s
Where:
5546 Geary Blvd. between 19th and 20th avenues
What: Veal parmesan and a bottle of cheap red wine
Info: (415) 387-5025 or www.gasparespizza.com
“There’s nothing California cuisine about this place. It’s got red-and-white checkered tablecloths, and I love the neon sign outside.”

FAVORITE PLACE FOR BOOKS
San Francisco Public Library
Where:
100 Larkin St. between Fulton and Grove streets
What: Reserving new titles online
Info: (415) 557-4400 or www.sfpl.org
“I’ll usually have about five books out in any given week. The online reservation system is so convenient. Anytime someone mentions a book to me, I’ll just go online to reserve it and pick it up.”

FAVORITE BREAKFAST SPOT
HRD Coffee Shop
Where:
521 Third St., unit A, between Bryant and Brannan streets
What: Western omelet, side of bacon, no hash browns, no toast
Info: (415) 543-2355
“I eat here almost every morning; it’s a diner-type place that’s right near our office. It’s something like $5 for an omelet and a cup of coffee.”

FAVORITE SPORTS BAR
Connecticut Yankee
Where:
100 Connecticut St. between 17th and Mariposa streets
What: Watching Patriots games
Info: (415) 552-4440 or www.theyankee.com
“The inside of the bar is just a tribute to Boston sports teams; there are old Larry Bird posters and Sports Illustrated covers from the ’80s. If you’re from Boston, you walk in there and feel like you’re home.”

FAVORITE WAY TO COMMUTE
Vespa
Where:
Riding from Pacific Heights to Design Public’s downtown office
What: Taking a different route every day
“Riding from Pacific Heights down to South Park is just so interesting. You get to see so many different neighborhoods, so I try to go a different way every day. Physically, San Francisco is such a beautiful city; every view looks like it’s on a postcard.”

FAVORITE HAPPY HOUR
Nova Bar & Restaurant
Where:
555 Second St. between Bryant and Brannan streets
What: Having a Guinness after work
Info: (415) 543-2282 or www.novabar.com
“I know the bartender here, so there’s always good conversation. It’s a great place to go after a long day at the office to hang out with friends.”

 

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