Party Earth Review Smack-dab in the middle of a neighborhood better known for its high-end shopping and big-name corporations, Rickhouse is an artisanal cocktail lounge that caters to both demanding mixology nerds and overworked financial types. Business people find after-work solace in the extensive drinks menu, either with regular favorites ... read full review of Rickhouse
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 ... 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 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 ... more
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 ... read full review of Lone Palm
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 Eighteen beers on tap, TVs all around, and walls covered with photos, posters, clippings, and anything else related to sports all combine to make Greens Sports Bar one of the city’s most dedicated houses of worship to the holy trinity of baseball, football, and basketball. Hockey, golf, soccer, and probably even horseshoes ... more
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
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.