Party Earth Review Serving as a safe-haven for both the Cuban connoisseur and the American Spirit-sporting hipster, Cigar Bar & Grill is where San Franciscans go to smoke, snack, and groove to sultry jazz. Once past the unassuming façade and down into this subterranean den, guests first pass the onsite humidor, packed with ever-changing ... read full review of Cigar Bar & Grill
Party Earth Review Quiz nights, DJs, and lots of fish and chips are on the plate at Edinburgh Castle Pub, a longstanding SF institution that’s a palace of unpretentious fun. An understated façade makes it easy to mistake this place for just another cramped dive. But once inside, visitors discover a high-ceilinged room replete with Scottish ... more
Party Earth Review Located on the ground floor of a brick office building and accessed via a narrow alley just off Montgomery Street, John Colins is a popular little club with Happy Hour specials characteristic of a casual neighborhood bar. Murals of coastal scenes and mounted surfboards combine with impressionistic cityscapes to create ... more
Party Earth Review There may be a full bar at The Buena Vista, but the endless procession of tourists who pack into this long-standing Fisherman’s Wharf institution usually stick to Irish coffee. The trend began back in the 1950s, when owner Jack Koeppler returned from a vacation to Ireland determined to develop his own version of the stuff ... more
Party Earth Review It’s a party every night at SF Badlands, a Castro institution for young boys who love to dance and older men who aren’t afraid to stare. Heavily discounted Happy Hour specials draw patrons in by the early afternoon, and Sunday’s regular all-you-can drink beer busts even inspire a few uninhibited straight guys to sidle in ... read full review of SF Badlands
Party Earth Review Located right on the border between Downtown and North Beach's seedy heart – an area that’s catered to sexual indiscretion since the 1800s – Bamboo Hut is a tropical refuge from the titty bars and porn shops that still populate Broadway Street today. A giant tiki head marks the entrance, but that’s just the beginning of ... more
Party Earth Review Located amid the towers of business and finance that line Montgomery Street, The House of Shields is an oasis of old-world luxury in one of San Francisco’s most thoroughly modern neighborhoods. Established in the early 1900s, the bar underwent an extensive renovation in 2010, reopening with the stains of spent years and ... more
Party Earth Review Delirium means severe confusion resulting from illness, and seeing as how this grungy Mission joint serves up loud music and ridiculously low-priced drinks nightly, it’s not a stretch to suggest that regulars have a propensity to go off the deep end. Given the frosted glass walls, a battered cloth awning, and an entryway ... 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.