Clearly you should just give up on SF. It's not the city you really want it to be.
> Austin is a city that gives a shit about music and culture in a way San Francisco never has
It's not just during SX. Austin is like that all year round. (For instance, the "Spring Break"-style policing extends to weekend nights: Sixth Street is closed off every Friday and Saturday night for jaywalking.) Cops do sting for underage drinking, but the only busts that reach my ears are for drug running, tax evasion, blatant smoking ban violations. Even Google looks at me funny when I try 'Austin "war on fun" '.
And coffee shops do well here, especially if they do something else, like roast their own beans, serve fresh food or beer, are open 24/7... So a DNA Pizza/Cafe could be as successful as a DNA Lounge! There is a lot of bar turnover; I can never tell if it's better or worse than the rest of the country, or simply because we have so many bars, or if they're not actually going out of business, but just rebranding for attention.
In mid-November, when the racetrack opens up ten miles from downtown, this place won't know what hit it. Not sure what that will mean for the bar scene except, "Uh, we're almost out of vodka, too."