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 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 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 The brainchild of renowned chef Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière has been a jewel of San Francisco’s fine drinking and dining scene since 1997. Considering the venue’s location near City Hall and the Performing Arts District, it’s no surprise that representatives of the upper echelons of government and tuxedo-clad symphony ... more
Party Earth Review Quiz nights, DJs, and lots of fish and chips are on the plate at Edinburgh Castle Pub, a longstanding SF institution that’s a palace of unpretentious fun. An understated façade makes it easy to mistake this place for just another cramped dive. But once inside, visitors discover a high-ceilinged room replete with Scottish ... read full review of Edinburgh Castle Pub
Party Earth Review With its Burberry-plaid and gold-plated AK-47 over the bar and a mirror-covered bomb standing in for a disco ball, Madrone Art Bar already eschews the typical club look. Add to this a jumbled hodgepodge of paintings, sculptures, and video displays, a few snaking wooden chandeliers, and wildly varied music, and it’s no wonder ... more
Party Earth Review Frozen in a state of perpetual disorder, Specs’ 12 Adler Museum Café is a chaotically-themed little dive where North Beach’s historic Beat vibe lives on. With its ramshackle furniture and disorganized collection of city history, Specs’ is a bohemian paradise that’s worlds away from the porn peddlers and strip joints just ... 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 ... 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.