I'm starting a job in the south bay in a month, and I'm looking to move to San Francisco from Pennsylvania. I'm a single mid-20s guy, going to be working long hours away from the city at a silicon valley job. I'd like to be able to spend what little time I have on the nights and weekends enjoying the city, especially the food, beer, and music scenes. Ideally, this means being really close to a few good places, so I don't waste even more time on travel than I already will be doing. Does anyone have any suggestions of what areas of the city to look at?
I'm not as interested in fine dining, since I'd rarely get to take advantage of that anyway, but more like casual stuff, ethnic food, funky places, craft beer/cocktail bars, grocery stores, and specialty markets.
I know it's going to be tough finding something good and within my budget (which is probably $2500/mo) anywhere, but which neighborhoods should be my priorities?