San Francisco, California
Local up-and-comers share wall space with international hotshots in this warehouselike venue tucked in an alley South of Market. The gallery, known as much for its casual vibe as its history of attention-grabbing exhibits, has grown into a go-to spot for art with attitude. Bargain alert: Once a month, a dozen or so artists convene for Sketch Tuesdays. Watch them make illustrations, paintings, and other small works, then nab your favorites for just $10 to $30 a pop. When to go: On a weekday afternoon, you’ll browse in relative solitude. After dark, the gallery often morphs into a nightclub, complete with full bar, live music, DJ sets, and film screenings.
111 Minna St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays