Party Earth Review Apart from its cave-like exterior and the big carved Buddha in a niche behind the bar, Li Po Cocktail Lounge is far from an ancient Chinese shrine. It was, however, formerly an opium den – at least that’s the rumor – and bartenders often spook visitors with tales of drug-addled ghosts showing up when people forget to tip ... read full review of Li Po Cocktail Lounge
Party Earth Review Like a beacon in outer Richmond’s consistent fog, the neon sign outside Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant beckons to seasoned tequila lovers in dire need of blue agave. Paintings of the Mexican countryside mesh with the sombreros, striped blankets, and Cabo Wabo posters that line the walls of this longtime neighborhood staple ... more
Party Earth Review Red lights, polished surfaces, and a touch of France create a sleek and sexy atmosphere at Amélie, a popular haunt for casual jet-setters, European expats, and lovers of unique yet affordable wine. Bottle lamps and paper chandeliers cast soft hues over the young professionals sipping their way through Happy Hour wine flights ... more
Party Earth Review Home since the 1930s to a Spanish restaurant, a cowboy bar, and even a women’s nightclub, nowadays the Elbo Room is all about eclectic music and nightly Happy Hour specials. Reminiscent of a bordello, the space draws neighborhood hipsters early in the evening, who belly up to the bar to down PBR tallboys in the red hue ... 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 Deep-fried Twinkies and half an aluminum trailer crammed in the corner are only the beginning at Butter, San Francisco’s most unapologetically white trash bar. The place looks like it was thrown together by an indecisive designer – or perhaps the winds of a hurricane – with Elvis cutouts, bumper stickers, and random signs ... 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 Located in tourist-heavy Fisherman’s Wharf, The Parlor is equal parts dance club, sports bar, and classic cocktail lounge. Daily Happy Hours entice preppy young Giants fans from the nearby Marina to drop in for a game and a Bud, not to mention the tidal waves of out-of-towners making a pit stop before hitting the area’s ... 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.