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5 ways for San Franciscans to beat the rainy day blues

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The skies might be gloomy, but we don't have to be. 

1. Warm up with a trip to Japantown's Kabuki Springs and Spa. This classic San Francisco oasis is a traditional bathhouse that features a 104-degree communal pool. Shy locals can attend on gender-specific days or keep a swimsuit on in this clothing-optional day spa. A day pass costs $25 and includes use of the sauna and steam room. 

2. The chicken with explosive chili peppers at Chinatown's Z&Y Restaurant might just be the spiciest dish in town. If cold weather gives you a case of the blues, this hot (HOT) dinner should have the opposite effect.

3. As temperatures continue to drop, there’s no better evening destination than a bar with a fireplace. Warm your tootsies by the fire as the cocktails and craft beer help you thaw from the inside out. 

4. Laughter is the best medicine for almost everything. Luckily for us, San Francisco is home to some truly legendary comedy clubs. Whether you're into big name comics or the underground scene, there are laughs to be had every night of the week. Don't forget: SF Sketchfest is serving up some of the country's best comedy right here in the Bay Area through January 17th. 

5. Our go-to for any case of the blues has got to be Musee Mecanique. This Fisherman's Wharf gem is the world's best tourist trap. Filled with vintage arcade games from a variety of centuries, all that's needed for a great time at the Musee is a silliness to brave the tourists and handful of quarters. The innocent charm of this funky destination is sure to warm even the dreariest of moods. 

BONUS: Just stay in and use your SF library card to watch a free movie at home.