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 ... read full review of The Buena Vista
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 The seasoned musicians who take to Savanna Jazz’s small stage five nights a week aren’t drawing a crowd with their made-up pop looks or licentious dance moves, but with their fierce dedication to pure Brazilian and Latin jazz. Old-school music junkies drop in early so they have time to scan the myriad albums and photos ... more
Party Earth Review An old-school cocktail den intended to celebrate the American bar, Tradition walks the line between a private tavern for SF’s coolest clientele and an in-vogue saloon for those who just want a quick ‘n’ proper drink. Run by the same guys behind speakeasy Bourbon & Branch, the bar features the requisite barren façade and ... more
Party Earth Review Whether the name is meant ironically or in reverence to the famed womanizer is anyone's guess, but what’s irrefutable is that Casanova Lounge has one of the most varied DJ lineups in town – as well as one of the cheapest drink selections in The Mission. Reminiscent of a 1970s bachelor pad, the space features red-orange ... read full review of Casanova Lounge
Party Earth Review It may get cold and damp on the city’s west side, especially way out in outer Richmond, but it always smells like sun-drenched pineapples and rum at Trad’r Sam, a tiki-themed dive that’s been serving up big bowls of sugary sweet drinks to a party-happy young crowd since the 1930s. Surfboards, palm fronds, life preservers ... more
Party Earth Review Though it’s named in honor of Trappist monks who brew some of the finest craft beers in the world, The Monk’s Kettle is far too busy to pass for a monastery. The cozy gastropub’s carved hardwood bar, Beaux-Arts booths, and vintage lighting give it more of a classy European café vibe, setting it apart from the dives that ... more
Party Earth Review Located in the heart of Dogpatch, the eponymously named Dogpatch Saloon has a long history of offering folks a simple, friendly place to gather for post-work palavers. The building is easy to spot thanks to the martini-sipping pooch emblazoned on the façade, while the wood-slatted booths inside provide a decent vantage ... 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.