Party Earth Review Anchored among a slew of Polk Street bars, the Buccaneer is a tiny watering hole that’s as casual as they come during the week and packed as a powder keg come Fridays. It doesn’t take long for patrons to notice the inspiration for the venue’s name, as the walls and ceiling resemble the cabin of a colonial-era pirate ship ... read full review of Buccaneer
Party Earth Review A Southern-style restaurant in the heart of Northern California’s biggest metropolis, Biscuits and Blues may be a bit of a dichotomy, but it’s also the city’s top spot for live blues EVERY DAMN NIGHT, SON! Giant colorful paintings, photographs of renowned musicians, and a big neon “Blues” sign adorn the entryway, while ... 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 Home to more than 120 varieties of rum – quite possibly the largest selection in the city – Hobson’s Choice is a place where real men quickly discover the power of a frou-frou drink. Haight residents sporting skinny jeans and perpetual five o’clock shadows drop in for Happy Hour, slinging back $3 House Punches as med students ... more
Party Earth Review As the Giants toss their balls about inside nearby AT&T Park, bowling alley-cum-lounge Lucky Strike offers fans a trendy upscale spot to eat, drink, and keep the spirit of sport rolling. Racks of literature have been swept away from this former Borders bookstore and replaced with a dozen lanes, a restaurant, flashy pop ... read full review of Lucky Strike
Party Earth Review Opened in the late 80s by a palm tree importer – which explains the towering Arecaceae Palmae planted out front – Lone Palm is a cross between a sultry art deco lounge and a tropical speakeasy. Rows of candlelit white-linen tables run down one side of the room which, combined with the pervasive burgundy hue from the dark ... more
Party Earth Review North Beach is notorious for overpriced tourist traps and equally overpriced booby bars, but The Saloon – SF’s oldest bar – falls into neither category, instead serving up budget-friendly booze and live blues every night. Little has changed since the place opened in 1861, and entering this quintessential ... more
Party Earth Review A covert bar inside another bar, The Hideout is a classy alternative to the neighboring dives that dominate 16th Street, including Dalva, the very one it’s hidden behind. Small groups of young professionals plow through the long room that makes up Dalva, past the horse painting and projection screen showing silent films ... 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.