Party Earth Review Though it’s named in honor of Trappist monks who brew some of the finest craft beers in the world, The Monk’s Kettle is far too busy to pass for a monastery. The cozy gastropub’s carved hardwood bar, Beaux-Arts booths, and vintage lighting give it more of a classy European café vibe, setting it apart from the dives that ... read full review of The Monk's Kettle
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 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 Tucked above the lobby of the boutique Mystic Hotel, Burritt Room has only been part of Union Square’s nightlife since 2010 – but given that the building went up a hundred years prior, this watering hole has an old-time feel far beyond its years. Named after the adjoining alleyway – the site of a murder in the Humphrey ... more
Party Earth Review A bare-bones dive in the heart of Chinatown, Red’s Place is perpetually brimming with intrepid tourists and loquacious locals – some toothless ‘n’ smoking, some dapper ‘n’ swilling – who sway to the beats from a surprisingly shiny new jukebox atop squeaking vinyl stools. As regulars lock in for another round of Liar’s ... read full review of Red's Place
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 A multi-level club featuring three dance floors, Temple Nightclub lets its diverse patrons party it up for Mother Earth, with wall-to-wall eco-friendly lighting and a rooftop composter that helps keep nearly three-quarters of the venue’s waste from the landfill. Plus there’s sushi and hot dogs inside. Hallelujah! But ... 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
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.