Party Earth Review Part community center, part museum, and part hangout for the old-line Giants faithful, Gino and Carlo Sports Bar has been a Telegraph Hill institution since the 1940s, and continues to attract a mix of both die-hard fans and patrons who couldn't care less about sports games. The long bar, which looks out onto old chairs ... read full review of Gino and Carlo Sports Bar
Party Earth Review The bartenders may pour lots of creamy Guinness like at any Irish bar, but Blackthorn Tavern is more than just another quaint pub to snag a pint. And though more than a dozen flat-screen TVs dedicated to football, baseball, basketball, soccer, UFC fights, and boxing make the place a top-notch sports bar, it isn’t just another ... more
Party Earth Review With standard-issue Guinness signs, tarnished mirrors, Celtic script, and an abundance of dark hardwood, the Irish vibe is alive and smilin’ at Chug Pub, clearly a nod to its former life as The Dubliner. The addition of several large screens tuned to nothing but baseball and football, however – not to mention some of the ... more
Party Earth Review Situated on trendy Union Street, Bus Stop is a neighborhood sports bar popular with relaxed Giants-loving regulars on game days and more boisterous twenty-something social butterflies on Friday and Saturday nights. Weekdays see middle-aged sports buffs in baseball hats and college football sweatshirts hanging out in the ... 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 ... read full review of The Buena Vista
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 Only halfway up a small alley but worlds away from the neighboring North Beach strip clubs, 15 Romolo – inside the extended-stay Basque Hotel – is a hard-to-find bar that entices crowds with intricately crafted cocktails and a hipster vibe not exactly prevalent in this touristy part of town. A dark saloon décor forms a ... more
Party Earth Review Easy walking distance from the high rises towering over Downtown, Steff’s Sports Bar is a relaxed dive with lots of TVs and very little pretense. Mostly mellow during the week, the joint is popular with financial types who often sneak in during lunch, shedding their ties at the dark wooden bar and sipping a few Buds under ... 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.