Party Earth Review The Mission area may not be a sports bar lover’s paradise, but the lack of competition isn’t the only reason The Phoenix Irish Bar is so popular. True, patrons will find the game they’re looking for – from the Stanley Cup to the World Cup – on the flat-screen TVs, but they’ll also encounter a solid menu of Celtic grub and ... read full review of The Phoenix Irish Bar
Party Earth Review Although far removed from the Mission’s pulsing nightlife center, The Knockout offers a packed schedule of live entertainment bound to appeal to a variety of true dive lovers. From the logo of a hard-boozing Mexican wrestler out front to the kitschy interior strewn with neon signs, random photographs, and vintage album ... more
Party Earth Review Santeria altars, shrimp, and lots of sangria coexist at Cha Cha Cha, an über-popular Cuban/Caribbean joint that draws a mixed bag of fun-loving patrons all week long. Open at 5pm daily, the venue features an island-shaped bar that fills up quickly with festive Happy Hour seekers vying for discount fruity cocktails, and ... more
Party Earth Review There are tons of places in the city to grab a slice of pizza, but at the always-packed Beretta, an artisan pie comes with artfully crafted cocktails on the side. A long communal table and wide bar provide plenty of opportunities for singles and groups to mingle, while intimate candlelit tables by the windows and on the ... more
Party Earth Review Smack-dab in the middle of a neighborhood better known for its high-end shopping and big-name corporations, Rickhouse is an artisanal cocktail lounge that caters to both demanding mixology nerds and overworked financial types. Business people find after-work solace in the extensive drinks menu, either with regular favorites ... read full review of Rickhouse
Party Earth Review Eighteen beers on tap, TVs all around, and walls covered with photos, posters, clippings, and anything else related to sports all combine to make Greens Sports Bar one of the city’s most dedicated houses of worship to the holy trinity of baseball, football, and basketball. Hockey, golf, soccer, and probably even horseshoes ... more
Party Earth Review In business since the mid-90s, Skylark prides itself on being one of the only hip-hop dives in the city, hosting DJs nightly who specialize in urban beats with a little bit of disco, reggae, R&B, and soul thrown in. As the sun sets, this joint draws a vast clientele of pop lockers, beat street bad boys, kids from the East ... more
Party Earth Review On the frontier between ongoing gentrification in The Mission and the growing post-industrial rebirth of neighboring Potrero Hill lies The Homestead, a classic saloon right down to the ragged piano and iron pot-bellied stove crackling in the corner. A hardwood bar with an ancient cash register leaves just enough space ... more
SF’s variety of nightlife extends well beyond its world-famous famous food, as city denizens are equally enthusiastic when it comes to the myriad lounges and bars and clubs in San Francisco. Happy Hour-happy hipsters flood the mixology hotspots, wine-centric lounges, and gastropubs that line Misson and Valencia Streets in the Mission and dive bar-lovers have plenty to play with in the lower Haight.
On the other end of the spectrum, post-grads prep it up in the upscale Marina meat-market or join bar-hoppers along Polk Street in Russian Hill, while in The Castro, a plethora of bars and pubs waving rainbow flags cater to a vibrant gay community, but are welcoming to all stripes.
And then of course there’s the wine culture, no doubt influenced by some of the greatest wineries in the world located a mere hour’s drive north in Napa Valley. Young professionals and discerning students dip into wine flights and straight-from-the-barrel glasses at cozy neighborhood dens all over town, while trendy ladies and wealthy finance executives sip sophisticated new varietals at swanky Downtown lounges and hotel bars.
When it comes to nightclubs, San Francisco nightlife isn’t exactly exploding with options, but there are still some dance-heavy bars and clubs Downtown and in the formerly industrial SoMa that cater to both the see-and-be-seen crowd and the electro DJ lovers.