George Lucas’ digital empire—The Letterman Digital Arts center, which includes Industrial Light and Magic and Lucas Film is located in the Presidio (which is a national park). They don’t offer tours of any kind, but they do not leave fans without a reason to drop by.
In the courtyard is a statue of Yoda, which is available for a photo op 7 days a week. If you’re in town during the week during business hours, visitors are welcome to come into the lobby, which has lots of Star Wars memorabilia, including a life size Boba Fett and Darth Vader costume.
Big buses are turned away. But the custom private tour in the convertible MINI cooper can go everywhere, even right up to the Star Wars treasure house.
A quick trip on the N Judah train (aka streetcar) from downtown takes you to the Inner Fog wine bar, a great neighbor hangout with an outstanding happy hour deal.
The Inner Fog at 545 Irving in the Inner Sunset. I love showing guests the Inner Sunset on their custom private tour, and it is easy to get to especially if you’re staying downtown. Take the N Judah, get off at 7th Ave, and it’s right across the street. The Inner Fog is great anytime, but from 4-6 Monday through Friday, you can get some terrific wine for only $7 a glass. The happy hour wine changes every few weeks. Currently I like the Tempranillo, but whatever they have when you arrive is going to be good.
And if you can’t make it for happy hour, come anyway. The wines are always good and reasonably priced. And they have beer, if that’s your beverage. And there are small snack plates if you’re hungry. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the place itself is smallish and inviting.
If you want to brag that you’ve gone off the beaten path, and without much effort (the N is really speedy from any downtown MUNI station), head into the Inner Fog.