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Mapping HBO's Looking Locations Across San Francisco

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Now that the first season of HBO's Looking has wrapped, Let's take a backward glance at the various locations spotted in this season's eight episodes. From the beginning, Looking wasn't running on the postcard landmark/Full House method of shooting San Francisco. Showrunner Michael Lannan has said he's "never seen the city he lives in on camera," and director Andrew Haigh has said, "S.F. feels very different from any other city in America. It looks different, the light is different, the weather is different. It's really important the show feels like it was embedded in the city." Looking recasts the city as a character of its own from all new angles and locals-only spots, and it's been fun guessing which street characters walk down, which restaurants they eat in, and where on earth Patrick's apartment is supposed to be. Curbed has mapped out the most interesting and signature locales from the show for your enjoyment and the inevitable location-based disagreements.

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1. Somewhere in Oakland

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From Episode 2 onward, Augustín and Franklin live in this non-geographically specific basement apartment in Oakland. We wonder what they're paying. And if Augustín has enough light to make his paintings and photographs.

2. Zuni Cafe

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1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 552-2522
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Despite Dom working at Zuni for over eight years, the space itself is rarely shown. While we don't get a lot of interior imagery of this stunning flat-iron setting (let alone any food photography) that problem can be easily satisfied by a lunch reservation.

3. Press Club

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20 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 744-5000
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In the first terrible date of many for Patrick, "Looking" showcases downtown swank at the Press Club.

4. El Rio

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3158 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-3325
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For a local's-only cozy dive known for its courtyard, pool table, music, and cheap drinks, El Rio makes for a surprisingly great backdrop in Episode 1's ostentatious, slightly sleazy engagement party. If you have to watch your ex-boyfriend gyrate with a teddy-bear stripper, there are worse locations to do it in.

5. Esta Noche

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3079 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 861-5757
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Patrick follows muni cruiser, Ritchie, to mission fave Esta Noche. Two mission dive bars exposed in as many minutes.

6. USS Hornet Museum

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707 W Hornet Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 521-8448
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Patrick's company rents out the USS Hornet for their video game release party over on Alameda Island -- the selfsame aircraft carrier that plucked the original Apollo 11 astronauts out of the Pacific after moonwalk and splashdown.

7. Doc's Clock

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2575 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-3627
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Back to the Mission for yet another terrible date for Patrick. He didn't even get to take advantage of Doc's Clock's shuffleboard or Pacman games before offending his sweetheart (although through the magic of cinema they went home together anyway).

8. Eros Sauna

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2051 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

One of the few bathhouses left in the Castro, this location is used to harken back to the City's 1970s heyday when there was a bathhouse on every corner and none of us were afraid of sex.

9. Folsom Street Fair

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Folsom Street & 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

The Folsom Street Fair was heavily used in episode 4 as the guys seek and avoid sexual tension as only an indie series can. Realism score: Apart from some chaffed nipples, zero nudity was portrayed on a network that has no problem regularly showing Lena Dunham's entire female form in all its glory. We won't go so far to cry gender discrimination -- but would it hurt to show some male package, HBO?

10. The Stud

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399 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 863-6623

After aforementioned terrible dates, Patrick gets a second chance at love when he runs into Richie at a drag dance show at the Stud. And really, what better site of reconciliation than a bar called the Stud?

11. St. Francis Fountain

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2801 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-4210
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After the Stud worked its magic and brought Patrick and Richie back together, they celebrate the morning after by playing hookie over some Nebulous Potato Thing. This site serves as the beginning to the cutest day-long date ever and the most awesome Goonies impersonation ever.

12. Morrison Planetarium

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55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-8000
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More films needs planetarium scenes. They're great for creating a vibe of school-field-trip thus allowing your characters to speak about childhood (or the cosmos, depending), and as a bonus they establish your city as world class; the kind of city that has a planetarium.

13. Ocean Beach

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It's true: the Blue Discharge (1934-1947 (the U.S. military's plan for dropping suspected homosexual servicemen in port cities)) is largely responsible for the historic gay population of Polk Gulch then later SoMa then later the Castro, our nation's first gayborhoods.

14. Sutro Baths

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Point Lobos Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 426-5240
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All first dates should start or end at the Sutro Baths. There's nothing like a 19th century ruin to make you feel youthful and energized across the arc of history.

15. Mission Dolores Park

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Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

Episode 6 gets everything right about Dolores Park, including rampant drunkenness, bike messengers delivering flowers, piñatas, and lovers spats.

16. Golden Gate Bridge

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US Rte 101 / State Rte 1
San Francisco, CA 94129

"Looking," does such a good job of viewing San Francisco from a local's perspective that we rarely get to see our landmarks. It's a lot of fun to watch Patrick's Volvo swerve across the Golden Gate while he and Ritchie listen to a youtube instructional on bowtie tying.

17. Vista Point

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Golden Gate Bridge
Sausalito, CA 94965

Site of completely unrealistic bowtie-based fight en route to wedding across the Golden Gate Bridge. From here Richie walks back to the mission in dress shoes.

18. Presidio Chapel

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100 Loop Circle Dr.
San Francisco, CA

After leaving San Francisco on the GG Bridge, in another delightful wormhole space warp, we find ourselves back in the Presidio for Patrick's sister's wedding. The production is obviously taking the San Francisco filmmaker tax incentives seriously (to qualify, 65% of principal photography must take place inside city limits).

19. Punjab Restaurant

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2838 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-4011

Dom's dilemma when it comes to opening his own kitchen may be the most realistic thing about "Looking" to date -- the rubber really hits the road with SF restaurant pop-ups. But somehow horrendous wallpaper, 80s vinyl chairs, mismatched silverware, backed-up prep-sinks, and even Dorris's prickly demeanor can't keep a good man and his desire for peri-peri chicken down.

20. Fort Funston

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There's really no better place to argue about artistic integrity, sex, prostitution, emotional compatibility, and ultimately to break up with your boyfriend than the beaches at Fort Funston. Our boys were hiking in a full sweat for dramatic purposes, but these arguments can easily be had with a picnic blanket, some good cheese, and a nice chianti.

21. Muni

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Love Muni or hate Muni, it's shot beautifully by show DP Reed Morano, and is almost a character in its own right, (though occasionally interchanged with BART and also subject to the many wormholes in time and space "Looking" tends to fall through).

22. Willy's Barber Shop

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3227 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-2344

At long last we get a peek into Richie's genuine, blue-collar and altogether wholesome barbershop day job.

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1. Somewhere in Oakland

Oakland, CA 94607

From Episode 2 onward, Augustín and Franklin live in this non-geographically specific basement apartment in Oakland. We wonder what they're paying. And if Augustín has enough light to make his paintings and photographs.

2. Zuni Cafe

1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Despite Dom working at Zuni for over eight years, the space itself is rarely shown. While we don't get a lot of interior imagery of this stunning flat-iron setting (let alone any food photography) that problem can be easily satisfied by a lunch reservation.

1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102

3. Press Club

20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

In the first terrible date of many for Patrick, "Looking" showcases downtown swank at the Press Club.

20 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. El Rio

3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

For a local's-only cozy dive known for its courtyard, pool table, music, and cheap drinks, El Rio makes for a surprisingly great backdrop in Episode 1's ostentatious, slightly sleazy engagement party. If you have to watch your ex-boyfriend gyrate with a teddy-bear stripper, there are worse locations to do it in.

3158 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

5. Esta Noche

3079 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Patrick follows muni cruiser, Ritchie, to mission fave Esta Noche. Two mission dive bars exposed in as many minutes.

3079 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

6. USS Hornet Museum

707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

Patrick's company rents out the USS Hornet for their video game release party over on Alameda Island -- the selfsame aircraft carrier that plucked the original Apollo 11 astronauts out of the Pacific after moonwalk and splashdown.

707 W Hornet Ave
Alameda, CA 94501

7. Doc's Clock

2575 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Back to the Mission for yet another terrible date for Patrick. He didn't even get to take advantage of Doc's Clock's shuffleboard or Pacman games before offending his sweetheart (although through the magic of cinema they went home together anyway).

2575 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. Eros Sauna

2051 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

One of the few bathhouses left in the Castro, this location is used to harken back to the City's 1970s heyday when there was a bathhouse on every corner and none of us were afraid of sex.

2051 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

9. Folsom Street Fair

Folsom Street & 10th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

The Folsom Street Fair was heavily used in episode 4 as the guys seek and avoid sexual tension as only an indie series can. Realism score: Apart from some chaffed nipples, zero nudity was portrayed on a network that has no problem regularly showing Lena Dunham's entire female form in all its glory. We won't go so far to cry gender discrimination -- but would it hurt to show some male package, HBO?

Folsom Street & 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. The Stud

399 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

After aforementioned terrible dates, Patrick gets a second chance at love when he runs into Richie at a drag dance show at the Stud. And really, what better site of reconciliation than a bar called the Stud?

399 9th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. St. Francis Fountain

2801 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

After the Stud worked its magic and brought Patrick and Richie back together, they celebrate the morning after by playing hookie over some Nebulous Potato Thing. This site serves as the beginning to the cutest day-long date ever and the most awesome Goonies impersonation ever.

2801 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Morrison Planetarium

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

More films needs planetarium scenes. They're great for creating a vibe of school-field-trip thus allowing your characters to speak about childhood (or the cosmos, depending), and as a bonus they establish your city as world class; the kind of city that has a planetarium.

55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118

13. Ocean Beach

San Francisco, CA

It's true: the Blue Discharge (1934-1947 (the U.S. military's plan for dropping suspected homosexual servicemen in port cities)) is largely responsible for the historic gay population of Polk Gulch then later SoMa then later the Castro, our nation's first gayborhoods.

14. Sutro Baths

Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121

All first dates should start or end at the Sutro Baths. There's nothing like a 19th century ruin to make you feel youthful and energized across the arc of history.

Point Lobos Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94121

15. Mission Dolores Park

Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Episode 6 gets everything right about Dolores Park, including rampant drunkenness, bike messengers delivering flowers, piñatas, and lovers spats.

Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

16. Golden Gate Bridge

US Rte 101 / State Rte 1, San Francisco, CA 94129

"Looking," does such a good job of viewing San Francisco from a local's perspective that we rarely get to see our landmarks. It's a lot of fun to watch Patrick's Volvo swerve across the Golden Gate while he and Ritchie listen to a youtube instructional on bowtie tying.

US Rte 101 / State Rte 1
San Francisco, CA 94129

17. Vista Point

Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, CA 94965

Site of completely unrealistic bowtie-based fight en route to wedding across the Golden Gate Bridge. From here Richie walks back to the mission in dress shoes.

Golden Gate Bridge
Sausalito, CA 94965

18. Presidio Chapel

100 Loop Circle Dr., San Francisco, CA

After leaving San Francisco on the GG Bridge, in another delightful wormhole space warp, we find ourselves back in the Presidio for Patrick's sister's wedding. The production is obviously taking the San Francisco filmmaker tax incentives seriously (to qualify, 65% of principal photography must take place inside city limits).

100 Loop Circle Dr.
San Francisco, CA

19. Punjab Restaurant

2838 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Dom's dilemma when it comes to opening his own kitchen may be the most realistic thing about "Looking" to date -- the rubber really hits the road with SF restaurant pop-ups. But somehow horrendous wallpaper, 80s vinyl chairs, mismatched silverware, backed-up prep-sinks, and even Dorris's prickly demeanor can't keep a good man and his desire for peri-peri chicken down.

2838 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

20. Fort Funston

San Francisco, CA 94132

There's really no better place to argue about artistic integrity, sex, prostitution, emotional compatibility, and ultimately to break up with your boyfriend than the beaches at Fort Funston. Our boys were hiking in a full sweat for dramatic purposes, but these arguments can easily be had with a picnic blanket, some good cheese, and a nice chianti.

21. Muni

San Francisco, CA

Love Muni or hate Muni, it's shot beautifully by show DP Reed Morano, and is almost a character in its own right, (though occasionally interchanged with BART and also subject to the many wormholes in time and space "Looking" tends to fall through).

22. Willy's Barber Shop

3227 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

At long last we get a peek into Richie's genuine, blue-collar and altogether wholesome barbershop day job.

3227 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110