SoMa (South of Market)

SOMA.jpgSouth of Market is a huge district, sprawling from the Embarcadero to Eleventh Street, between Market and Townsend. The neighborhood is a patchwork of warehouses, swanky nightspots, residential hotels, art spaces, loft apartments, furniture showrooms and the tenacious Internet companies that survived the tech market collapse. Although a lot of building has gone on in recent years, it is still not densely developed. You can walk several desolate blocks before suddenly finding a hopping restaurant.

BAR-11th-Street-club-scene.jpgWhen the Kindred of San Francisco talk about SoMa, nine times out of ten they’re most interested in the western end of the district – warehouses and nightclubs, dangerous alleyways and gentrified apartments, as well as the traditional center of San Francisco’s S&M scene – which, along with Tenderloin, is part of the city’s Rack. Feeding is easy there, but crowded – there are plenty of intoxicated and unwary mortals roaming the streets at night, but there are also plenty of hungry predators, too.

The rest of the district is also technically part of the Rack as declared by Prince Ashley, but given there are fewer nightclubs and more art galleries and dot coms, the hunting isn’t as good and most Kindred don’t really think of it as part of the Rack proper. Because the area is open to all acknowledge Kindred though, it is a decently popular area for vampires who have plenty of money but not enough pull to carve out their own turf to set up their havens.

SoMa (South of Market)

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