By Tim Paulson, Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO and Cherri Senders, Publisher of Labor 411

As we enter the home stretch of the holiday season, there’s a whole lot of ways for thoughtful San Francisco residents and visitors to have fun while making their communities better than battling fellow shoppers for those desperate last-minute gifts. Whether it’s visiting the theater, the zoo, or even Six Flags, visitors and residents to the City by the Bay have plenty of opportunities to support good, local jobs while having fun over the holidays.

If you are in the City by the Bay and in need of some entertainment look no further. Spend your day enjoying any one of these fun union locations.

1. AT&T Park
Enjoy some peanuts and Cracker Jack while you take in a ball game at AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

The Westin

By Shelly Lurie

Mollie Stone’s is an institution in the Bay Area for foodies. With nine locations that boast some of the best, freshest local produce along with a host of natural products, this small chain of family-owned markets is the go-to place for healthy gourmands. But they also have every-day groceries so it’s a one-stop shop for everything from fresh fruit to deli meat to milk.

By Shelly Lurie

If you plan on visiting the City by the Bay, Ghirardelli Square needs to be on your list of places to visit.

Today, Ghirardelli Square is known for housing an array of upscale shops, fine dining, wine bars, spa facilities and, of course, the infamous Ghirardelli Original Chocolate Manufactory & Ghirardelli Chocolate Marketplace. Located on the beautiful San Francisco Bay just west of Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s already an ideal spot to check out. But, the history of Ghirardelli Square and the ice cream sundaes are why we’re recommending you pay this place a visit. Be forewarned: This destination is heaven for those with a sweet tooth.

By Shelly Lurie

San Francisco has become a city famous for fine dining and drinking. It feels as if new restaurants and bars pop up every day. With the novelty of new cool spots comes long waits (1.5 hours to sit down for dinner), pricey menus, small portions and crowds of people. Although it can be fun to treat yourself to one of these amazing meals, on the day-to-day it’s nice to go somewhere that’s no frills and affordable. Enter (union-staffed) Tommy’s Joynt.

By Shelly Lurie

San Francisco is undoubtedly rich in labor history. Part of that history is the iconic Buena Vista Café – the establishment credited with introducing Irish coffee to the United States. The beverage consists of coffee mixed with sugar and Irish whiskey with cream on top – a classic that warms you to the bone.