Party Earth Review Equal parts cocktail bar, European-inspired café, and book exchange, Two Sisters Bar and Books caters to thirsty gullets, hungry stomachs, and literary minds. Retro details like cream and red toile wallpaper and a vintage cash machine set the stage for the narrow space and its handful of candlelit dark-wood tables, where ... read full review of Two Sisters Bar and Books
Party Earth Review With its Burberry-plaid and gold-plated AK-47 over the bar and a mirror-covered bomb standing in for a disco ball, Madrone Art Bar already eschews the typical club look. Add to this a jumbled hodgepodge of paintings, sculptures, and video displays, a few snaking wooden chandeliers, and wildly varied music, and it’s no wonder ... more
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 ... more
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 ... more
Party Earth Review Harbored on an industrial waterfront stretch of Dogpatch, The Ramp (not so) quietly serves up lots of seafood and suds amid the squalls of seagulls and salty air. Perched right against the docks, the venue’s palm tree- and umbrella-strewn patio is usually filled with a slew of alfresco-lovin’ patrons, who while away the ... read full review of The Ramp
Party Earth Review A haute hangout dedicated to the appreciation of acclaimed champagne and wine, Bubble Lounge makes for a date-worthy destination during the week before transitioning to a packed dance scene on weekends. French doors along the saffron-colored façade open onto a large open-plan space, with soft couches and luscious loungers ... more
Party Earth Review Frozen in a state of perpetual disorder, Specs’ 12 Adler Museum Café is a chaotically-themed little dive where North Beach’s historic Beat vibe lives on. With its ramshackle furniture and disorganized collection of city history, Specs’ is a bohemian paradise that’s worlds away from the porn peddlers and strip joints just ... more
Party Earth Review Tucked near the border of affluent Nob Hill and the decidedly non-affluent Tenderloin, Rye is a cozy cocktail lounge with a name alluding to whiskey but a menu far more generous to gin. Once inside, well-dressed mixology geeks order gimlets crafted with great care, and newbies learn fast that the small sunken bar is not ... 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.