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Nightlife, Night Clubs and Bars in San Francisco California

Nightlife in San Francisco California

The nightlife of San Francisco is varied and accommodates all tastes easily. There are lounges, bars, places to listen to rock music and great places to go dancing. Live DJs can also be found spinning cuts that can range from house to chill. Gay-friendly bars and clubs can also be found all over the City and not just in the Castro. There are also some bars that are open during the day so if you need a drink to relax after shopping, these are also options.

Everything from a lounge experience with a spectacular view of the City to a cozy dive where you can smoke a hookah and play pool can be found in San Francisco, famous for its diversity. Have a taste of San Francisco nightlife. Enjoy a great drink because there is something for everyone, from low key to high energy. Don't forget to bring cash and identification: there are several establishments that do not accept credit cards and it is California law to check the legal age of the person before allowing them to purchase an alcoholic drink.


Nightlife in San Francisco California

The Castro is known for being the gay capital of the world and its nice list of bars and clubs in the area are an excellent selection. Come and enjoy a drink about town and revel in the fun.

  • 440 Castro (Gay Bar)
  • Amber (Bar)
  • Blush (Wine Bar)
  • Cafe Du Nord (Lounge/Music Venue)
  • Lime (Lounge)
  • The LookOut (Gay Bar/Pizza)
  • Lucky 13 (Bar)
  • Moby Dick (Gay Bar)
  • Pilsner Inn (Gay Bar)
  • Swirl on Castro (Wine Bar/Beer)
  • Toad Hall Bar (Gay Bar)
  • Twin Peaks Tavern (Gay Bar)


Nightlife in San Francisco California

The Embarcadero area is located in the northeastern part of San Francisco and is definitely worth checking out, especially if you're looking for a view of the Bay. Come and enjoy an elegant evening of drinks and a view and get ready to be charmed.

  • Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant (Beer/Wine Bar)
  • Hornblower Cruise & Events (Boating/Nightlife/Restaurant)
  • Pier 23 Cafe (Nightlife/Restaurant)

Financial District

Nightlife in San Francisco California

The Financial District (or "FiDi," as it is locally called) is in the downtown area and offers a variety of options. Located south of the Embarcadero and east of Chinatown, you can find everything from elegant cigar bars to casual pubs. There is even a lounge that offers hair cuts so come and try out something new.

  • 5A5 Steak Lounge (Steakhouse/Lounge)
  • Bamboo Hut (Bar/Music Venue)
  • The Bubble Lounge (Lounge)
  • The Cigar Bar & Grill (Grill/Cigar Bar)
  • Comstock Saloon (Lounge)
  • Dragon Bar (Dance Club)
  • Flyte Wine Bar (Wine Bar)
  • Ginger's Trois (Gay Bar)
  • Mandarin Lounge (Lounge)
  • MR. (Lounge/Hair Salon/ Barber)
  • Norton's Vault (Restaurant/Pub)
  • The Old Ship Saloon (Pub)
  • Taverna Aventine (Italian/Bar)


Nightlife in San Francisco California

The Haight-Ashbury is home to bars of all sorts so if you are looking for a place to drink and enjoy an evening out, come and enjoy bohemia at its best.

  • The Alembic (Bar/New American)
  • Aub Zam Zam (Nightlife)
  • Club Deluxe (Comedy Club)
  • The Gold Cane Cocktail Lounge (Dive Bar)
  • Hobson's Choice (Bar)
  • Kan Zaman (Middle Eastern/Belly Dancing/Hookah Bar)
  • Magnolia Pub & Brewery (Pub/Brewery/Brunch)
  • Martin Mack's Restaurant and Bar (Irish/Bar)
  • Sunshine Coast (Hookah Bar)
  • Trax (Gay Bar)

Hayes Valley

Nightlife in San Francisco California

South of Japantown and north of Castro, you can find Hayes Valley where there is a little bit of everything. There is everything from karaoke for those who want to belt out a tune or two to DJ dance clubs for a bit of dancing. If you are staying nearby, these are great options for your evening drinks.

  • Absinthe Restaurant & Bar (French/Breakfast/Bar)
  • Hotel Biron Wine Bar & Art Gallery (Wine Bar)
  • Martuni's (Lounge)
  • The Mint (Karaoke)
  • Pisco Latin Lounge (Lounge/Latin American)
  • Rickshaw Club (Dance Club/Music Venue)
  • Smuggler's Cove (Bar)
  • Sugar Lounge (Lounge)
  • The Triple Crown (Bar/DJs)

Inner Richmond

Nightlife in San Francisco California

The Inner Richmond has a variety of bars and pubs, where you can grab a drink and relax. They are a variety of more laid-back bars (which are great if you're looking for a nice evening with a drink and some company) or there are also exceptional eating plus wine experiences.

  • The Abbey Tavern (Pub/Sports Bar)
  • The Bitter End (Pub)
  • Buckshot Restaurant, Bar & Gameroom (Bar/Arcade)
  • California Academy of Sciences Nightlife (Museum/Lounge)
  • Dirty Trix Saloon (Dive Bar)
  • O'Keefe's Bar (Pub)
  • The Plough & Stars (Pub)
  • The Richmond (Wine Bar/New American)
  • Rockit Room (Bar/Music Venue)

Marina/Cow Hollow

Nightlife in San Francisco California

Located near the Presidio and Fisherman's Wharf, there is everything from dressy to casual. People watching is a local sport in these establishments so dress up a little and look for any one of these places for an eventful evening.

  • Balboa Cafe (Nightlife/New American)
  • Blue Light Cafe (Sports Bar/Restaurant)
  • Liverpool Lil's (Pub/American)
  • Marina Lounge (Lounge)
  • Nectar Wine Lounge (Wine Bar/New American)
  • Notte (Lounge)
  • Terzo (Wine Bar/Mediterranean)

Nob Hill

Nightlife in San Francisco California

Located near Union Square, if it's a drink you're looking for, you've come to the right area. These establishments cater to those who are looking for a good drink and a bar atmosphere.

  • Hemlock Tavern (Bar)
  • McTeague's Saloon (Pub)
  • Red Devil Lounge (Bar)
  • Rye (Lounge)
  • S.N.O.B. Wine Bar (Wine Bar)
  • Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar (Lounge)
  • Top of the Mark (Bar)
  • White Horse Tavern & Restaurant (Restaurant/Pub)

North Beach/Telegraph Hill

These bars are located to the north of the Chinatown area and offer bar atmosphere and great bar food. There are also lounges that are chic and great for an evening about town.

  • 15 Romolo (Bar)
  • Amante (Bar)
  • Bamboo Hut (Bar/Music Venue)
  • Church Key (Lounge)
  • O'Reilly's Irish Pub & Restaurant (Pub)
  • Sip Bar & Lounge (Lounge)
  • Sweeties (Lounge)
  • Vesuvio (Lounge)

Potrero Hill/Dogpatch

Locate south of SOMA, come to this area if you are looking for something off the beaten track. There is dancing and live music so if you're looking for live concerts of local bands or are looking for a little dancing, come to one of these nightclubs.

  • Bottom of the Hill (Music Venue)
  • Cafe Cocomo Bar Grill & Night Club (Nightclub)
  • Il Pirata (Dive Bar/Dance Club)
  • Lingba Lounge (Lounge/Thai)
  • Thee Parkside (Dive Bar/Music Venue)
  • Yield Wine Bar (Wine Bar)


For the clubber's scene, South of Market (SOMA) is the place for you. Come for an evening of DJ mixes and drinks.

  • 21st Amendment Brewery (Bar)
  • 111 Minna Street Gallery (Bar)
  • Asia SF (Club)
  • DNA Lounge (Club)
  • The Endup (Club)
  • Mighty (Club)
  • Temple Nightclub (Club)

Union Square

In the downtown area of San Francisco, you can find more traditional lounges and bars. This is where nightlife has a long history so come and have a drink, enjoy the view and people-watch.

  • The Bar at the Four Seasons (Lounges)
  • Burritt Room (Lounge)
  • Cantina (Lounge)
  • Clock Bar (Lounge)
  • Gold Dust Lounge (Lounge/Lounge/Dance Club)
  • Harry Denton's Starlight Room (Club)
  • Redwood Room (Lounge)
  • Ruby Skye (Club)
  • Tunnel Top (Bar)

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