Bars and Clubs in San Francisco

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  • Dive Bar

    Specs’ 12 Adler Museum Café - Dive Bar in San Francisco.

    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

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  • Bar / Club / Lounge

    John Colins - Bar | Club | Lounge in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review Located on the ground floor of a brick office building and accessed via a narrow alley just off Montgomery Street, John Colins is a popular little club with Happy Hour specials characteristic of a casual neighborhood bar. Murals of coastal scenes and mounted surfboards combine with impressionistic cityscapes to create ... more

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  • Sake Bar / Wine Bar

    Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar - Sake Bar | Wine Bar in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review While cozy wine bars have arguably become as quintessentially San Franciscan as cable cars, steep hills, and brightly painted Victorians, Bacchus Wine & Sake Bar puts added emphasis on the “cozy” part. Situated on a tree-lined block of Hyde Street, the tiny venue could classify as crowded with barely a dozen people inside ... more

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  • Sports Bar

    Steff's Sports Bar - Sports Bar in San Francisco.

    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

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  • Bar / Brasserie

    Absinthe Brasserie & Bar - Bar | Brasserie in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review Consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in town by both local and national publications, Absinthe Brasserie & Bar features an acclaimed menu of craft cocktails, an extensive wine list, and of course the namesake hallucinogenic drink. Situated on a trendy stretch of Hayes Street, the venue benefits from its proximity ... more

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  • Dive Bar

    Kozy Kar - Dive Bar in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review It’s conceivable that someone could walk into Kozy Kar and never notice the Lite-Brite sign, the waterbeds, the Ford and Chevy truck grilles, the shag-covered benches, the mirrors, the pinball and arcade machines, the back room with its vinyl van seats, or even the wall-sized sunset beach scene... ...but even the most hard ... more

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Browse SF Bars and Clubs by Category

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.

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  1. Lucas

    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

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  2. Adriana

    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

    Adriana Likes: Exclusive Nightclub Fashion Forward Shopping Jetsetter Lounge Hotel Bar High End / Exclusive

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  3. Jonah

    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

    Emma Likes: Happy Hour Culture Dancing Lively Budget-friendly Sightseeing Party Groups

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