Through the chilling fog and treacherous hills of San Francisco you can find all sorts of sights. A compact space made up of neighborhoods with distinct personalities, the city offers plenty to do—especially when it comes to the food and drink scene. But it would be unwise to spend your days in the city getting too cozy. Instead, seek out some gems. Throw away that tourist map because, as the locals will tell you, the real San Francisco lies far from Fisherman’s Wharf. Here are a few spots for a more alternative and authentic San Francisco experience.

Oh, and word to the wise: always carry cash. San Francisco’s bartenders and cashiers get pretty tired of pointing to the ‘cash only’ signs.