Party Earth Review San Franciscans expect to find everything from gritty dives to upscale lounges in The Mission, but Laszlo – at least for now – is the neighborhood’s only communist-themed drinking den. Granted, the commie vibe is subtle, mostly represented by a mix of Cold War-era propaganda on the otherwise bare walls, red and black banquettes ... read full review of Laszlo
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
Party Earth Review Tucked along a stretch of Polk Street lined with rowdy drinking dens, Tonic is a stylish little lounge that hosts a relaxed after-work crowd yet still caters to the routine barhopping crunch. A strong base of regulars – from young hipsters in their vintage best to older local property owners – populates the dimly lit den ... 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
Party Earth Review There’s no shortage of dance clubs and gritty dives in the SoMa district, but Bloodhound – at least by last count – is the area’s only hunting lodge. Tucked beneath a budget hotel, the simple venue could easily be missed by inattentive passersby, but inside, the place looks like a barn and a speakeasy gave birth to a rec ... read full review of Bloodhound
Party Earth Review A multi-level club featuring three dance floors, Temple Nightclub lets its diverse patrons party it up for Mother Earth, with wall-to-wall eco-friendly lighting and a rooftop composter that helps keep nearly three-quarters of the venue’s waste from the landfill. Plus there’s sushi and hot dogs inside. Hallelujah! But ... more
Party Earth Review One of three catty-corner bars that make up The Triangle – the undeniable heart of the preppy Marina singles scene – Eastside West Restaurant & Bar is a quiet and stylish seafood joint for much of the week. Fridays, however, see a flood of young blood start trickling in for Happy Hour, with former college frat stars snagging ... more
Party Earth Review There’s no shortage of karaoke dive bars in San Francisco, but for those who want bottle service to go with their power ballads or sushi to supplement their show tunes, it doesn’t get much better than Pandora Karaoke & Bar. A daily Happy Hour attracts a casual crowd of young professionals, who pop in for cheap beer and ... 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.