Originally Posted by DC's Finest
Went to SF with my girl for an AKA convention last week. It's a beautiful city but the nightlife is the worst for a big city. Last call ended way to early. People in DC are still standing in line at 1:00 am to get into a club. The restaurant scene is good but i was turned off by the lack of upscale lounges and clubs. Plus, the area we were hanging in was the filthiest I have ever seen. The homeless wasn't a problem but they are vocal. The city has lovely scenery but the weather is blah. BART is like a toy train set compared to Metro. Seriously, more people ride the redline on a given day than the entire BART system. Having to wear a sweater in the summer was a major blower. BTW: SF is not PHYSICALLY larger than DC. I learned that in the first grade. SF and DC are arguably the most cosmopolitan cities in the US behind NYC.
BART is not built for use within the city. Even back when you could still get a Muni pass with free BART rides within the city (they cut that out in 2009), most people did not take it for that purpose. It's for the bridge and tunnel crowd and in that respect, it serves the outlying areas of San Francisco well. I'd only use it on the rare occasion I had to go to Oakland, which I hated because the idea of getting stuck in an 8 mile long tube under water freaked me out. I used to work out in Contra Costa county though, so it was really helpful for getting to work but absolutely awful in the summer - it could be a balmy 50 degrees when I left for work in SF and 100+ on the other side, with no AC. Within the city, however, there's really no point when you have the Muni Metro system and 100% above-ground options that are cheaper.