Biggest club in the city
1015 is the biggest club in the city and 20,000 square feet and 150,000 watts can make for a good party►
- check the schedule
On the edge of work and play
A lively calendar of musical parties and strangely compelling business events augment this downtown
*Just* off the beaten path...
Asian fusion :)
Good times in the bad lands
s most reliably crowded bar, Badlands frequently sports a line down the block and typically hosts a cadre of chatters and smokers out front.
Fresh music and eats
By refusing ASCAP music licensing payments, the warm Bazaar Café effectively guarantees its patrons previously unheard sonic experiences►
. Quality varies - but with no cover charge and tasty food, it's a good risk :)
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Making it, Big time
Lounge par excellence
Rockin' the Noe
A little too blissed out with the DJ to read the Noe Valley
memo, this lively little bar can improve your sex life without hiking over to the Castro
- and it's not even that little :)
Blondie's Bar & No Grill
Everything but the grill
Pool tables, double-wide drinks, dj's, live music, outdoor patio - Blondie's Bar and No Grill is no classier (or hipper
) than its name suggests, but hosts a reliably lively party!
Boom Boom Room
And we like the boom
Founded by the late blues legend John Lee Hooker►
, BBR hosts a reliably good lineup that often results in dancing!
Bottom of the Hill
Rockin the hill
Jam-packed with shows (6+ nights/week) and people, Bottom of the Hill burns hotter than most - arrive early or get tickets
Bourbon & Branch
Would you like to play a game?
A prohibition-style "speakeasy" with passwords, multiple rooms (not to mention secret passageways and exits), a massive drink menu and some serious bartenders►
- B & B is carves it's own retro-niche out of the Tenderloin
One stop party
Live music, dancing, alcohol and food in the Mission
- what more do you need?
Buena Vista Cafe
Caffeine + Alcohol = Sweet Fame!
While Buena Vista's much-touted claim to "America's First Irish Coffee
" fails the obvious test for some (who brought the French kiss?), the cafe is uncommonly popular with tourists and locals alike.
Reality will return after these brief messages
No longer held in San Francisco, or even California (Nevada), the Burning Man festival
is a big part of San Francisco life for many residents. The event is a week long and held on a dried lake bed - attracting upwards of 50,000 people►
annually and otherwise defying brief description.
Cafe du Nord
Better than it ever was...
a week in a subterranean Victorian speak-easy gone legit, Cafe du Nord is in a league of its own - check the schedule
Where the wild things are
This Outer Mission
domestic space turned jack-of-all-fun venue hosts live bands, djs, comedy shows, salsa dancing, margaritas, drag queens, backyard patio, pool table, barbecue, oysters, etc - best check the schedule
, cash only!
Prohibition-era bar rocks on
With a bar downstairs and a stage on top (with dance floor) the Elbo Room hosts lively and diverse music within close proximity to other Mission
night life. Check the calendar
for upcoming shows.
Great space - eclectic events
Operating as a club since 1977, the Glas Kat (formerly Trocadero
) provides two levels/bars, a lounge, a restaurant, an indoor smoking area, a large dance floor, and gogo dancer cages hanging from the ceiling! Hosting everything from "Mr Maracas" Salsa dancing and lessons to "Bondage A-Go-Go: San Francisco's Longest Running Fetish Dance Club" to "Thai Acoustic Pop" it's important to check the schedule.
Great American Music Hall
Party like a Victorian!
Built from the ashes of the legendary 1906 fire
, GAMH is the oldest nightclub in San Francisco and hosts a full calendar
of modern shows in a wildly ornate interior.
Rum, Rum, Rum away...
Pretty much the best spot for people-watching in the Haight-Ashbury
neighborhood, Hobson's has a full drink menu
- but somehow everyone ends up drinking rum punch.. maybe this is the "choice
Kennedy's Irish Pub & Indian Curry House
Irish bar + baseball
Latin American Club
Not your mother's margarita
Serious drinks and a warm vibe snuggle up together at this Mission
hotspot - often crowded on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays too, the nearby Make-Out Room
and Revolution Cafe
offer alcohol at slightly lower voltages.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Dyke Bar :)
SF's best (and only!) full-time dyke bar, "The Lex" vibes warm and home-y, has a great jukebox, and a pool table :)
Li Po Lounge
Varied vibe, great decor
Li Po varies a lot by the evening - some nights it's empty except for the old fellas betting at the bar upstairs, other times it's jammed with hipsters. For a drink or two in Chinatown
, drop in and test the vibe.
Sonic delights, good times
A down home atmosphere with some of the city's best record shops, great murals, an active calendar
- the Lower Haight is possibly urban San Francisco's least pretentious (and touristy) neighborhood.
A room for making out
No guarantees on "making out", but this Mission
classic hosts a reliably good time with a strong calendar
of live shows and djs.
Good restaurants, nice boutiques/salons/etc, young outgoing folks and lively nightlife.. a straight Castro
! Marina entrepreneur and former Mayor Gavin Newsom
connects these dots.
Take me to your blender
A combination diner, bar, dance club with heated outdoor patio - Mars Bar fills its own martian niche. A little ways from the main centroids of SOMA
-tic nightlife, Mars Bar can be a good place to get a late dinner and see what unfolds.
Home of the hipster
Spanish Colonialism, Latin American immigration, future-forward/backward hipsters, innovative humanitarianism (Kiva
, 826 Valencia
& Mission Murals
), boutique coffee (Philz
& Four Barrel
), gourmet eats (Tartine Bakery
, Pizzeria Delfina
& Dynamo Donuts
), not to mention burritos (Taqueria Cancun
, Puerto Alegre
)... the Mission rides fearlessly along the cutting edge.
Monks gone thirsty!
Offering a hearty selection of delectable brews and a kitchen that's open until 1am (limited menu after 11:30) - the Kettle
is a low risk stop for anyone vibing pub in the Mission
No beach - but a great party!
The aroma of Italy still wafts through this old quartiere... now infused with teams of hard partying "youngsters" :)
The 2nd biggest Opera in North America (to the Met in NYC
) - the season runs roughly from September until July.
Party on the Pier
A bar with foosball
Cheap alcohol (beer and wine), pool, couches, foosball - the fruits of life! Throw some interesting art on the walls and the occasional concert►
- all in a central location - dive bar nirvana :)
What the people want...
With a mission statement of "give the people what they want", Public Works defies self-identity :)
SF's longest running and only full-time (every night!) comedy club, the Punch Line combines all-star with newcomers in a relatively small venue... with good visibility (!)
Three for one
Just outside the Broadway tunnel on the Chinatown
/west side of North Beach
, versatile Rosewood offers a bar, dance floor and outdoor patio, along with a full bar and regular DJ performances.
Explore your rhythm..
Big and glamorous with an often-packed dance floor and music trending electronic, Ruby Skye has been on the SF circuit for 10 years and is still going strong. The performances between sets are often impressive - acrobats, fetish, fire, etc :)
Play hard, play hard
The Dead, the Doors, the Who... and you?
Live music live.
This venue has been pumping live music into Alamo Square
for 30+ years (previously as the "Justice League").
Come for the view, stay for the view...
Sitting on SF's last truly industrial waterfront in the Dogpatch
, The Ramp serves diner food
beside an expanse of bay, sailboats, massive ship repairs... and beer :)
Watering hole par excellence
With many dozens of beers on tap and in bottles combined with a lively scene►
, Toronado is a must-visit for folks who like their barley and hops in liquid form.
Larger than life!
The inimitable► Heklina
runs SF's best-known and longest-running drag show and still rocks her stilettos for a great performance!
At the corner of Columbus and Jack Kerouac Alley...
A delightfully open split level structure, and colorful insides covered in original Beatnik
party pics (just 50 years ahead of the game) combine for an excellent pint, or six :)
Wild Side West
More fun than a bunch of sweaty miners...
A pioneer chic interior unfolds into a beautiful garden out the back at this Bernal hotspot.
A zeitgeist of bikes, beers and burgers