Party Earth Review Harbored on an industrial waterfront stretch of Dogpatch, The Ramp (not so) quietly serves up lots of seafood and suds amid the squalls of seagulls and salty air. Perched right against the docks, the venue’s palm tree- and umbrella-strewn patio is usually filled with a slew of alfresco-lovin’ patrons, who while away the ... read full review of The Ramp
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 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 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 ... 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 ... read full review of Specs’ 12 Adler Museum Café
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 Easy walking distance from the high rises towering over Downtown, Steff’s Sports Bar is a relaxed dive with lots of TVs and very little pretense. Mostly mellow during the week, the joint is popular with financial types who often sneak in during lunch, shedding their ties at the dark wooden bar and sipping a few Buds under ... 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
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.