Party Earth Review No other stretch of road in San Francisco evokes images of tie-dyes and 60s rock like Haight Street, even if the area has since developed into a diverse shopping and nightlife destination that caters to everyone from still... ... read full review
From the intersection of Haight Street
and Webster Street on the east
to Haight and Stanyan Street on the west
San Francisco, CA 94117
MUNI N Line: Cole Street & Carl Street
MUNI J, N Lines: Duboce Avenue & Cole Street
The Haight, San Francisco –
No other stretch of road in San Francisco evokes images of tie-dyes and 60s rock like Haight Street, even if the area has since developed into a diverse shopping and nightlife destination that caters to everyone from still-tripping neo-hippies to salon-centric style hounds.
The less-commercialized lower Haight – roughly west of Webster Street – is relaxed during the day as bohemian locals chill at café’s like Kate’s Kitchen, aspiring DJs browse indie record shops, and sports lovers catch the game at Nickies. Past the forested Buena Vista Park, however, Haight transforms into a packed retail heaven, where young clubbers and fashionable ladies satisfy their trendy couture cravings and cooler-than-thou hipsters browse vintage clothing stores with distinctly modern prices.
Despite the trendy twists, this is still The Haight, so anyone in need of all-natural cosmetics or glow-in-the-dark posters won’t have to walk far, whether they’re snagging psychedelic garb at Ceiba or enjoying mountains of hippy kitsch at Land of the Sun.
History buffs navigate past the ever-present panhandlers to snap photos of the endless array of murals, or pop into the famous Red Victorian, a turn-of-the-century hotel where The Grateful Dead were once regular guests.
The street is even more active at night, as jazz lovers catch a set and a pizza slice at Club Deluxe, hip cocktailers pack into The Alembic, and rowdy revelers crash Hobson’s Choice Bar for bowls of rum punch before hitting the dance floor at The Milk Bar.
There’s no dearth of unpretentious dives, either, especially back down along the lower Haight, where funky pubs like Mad Dog in the Fog keep the beer flowing for those scared off by the mohawk set at Molotov’s or the stink of beer at Toronado.
Perhaps it’s ironic that the former epicenter of free love is now a bustling nightlife and commercial corridor – or perhaps Haight Street is merely proof that love is one of the few things that are truly free.
Lots of tourists, bohemian types, punks, hipsters, hippies, fashion-mavens, vintage hounds, shopaholics, and history lovers. All ages.
The cavernous Amoeba Records (1855 Haight Street) in the upper Haight is a staple for new and used music, though the lower Haight also offers several independent shops, including vinyl-heavy Groove Merchant Records (687 Haight Street) and Rooky Ricardo's (448 Haight Street).
Kitschy/tourist toys at Kidrobot (1512 Haight Street), budget used clothing at The Wasteland (1660 Haight Street) and Held Over (1543 Haight Street), sexy alternative attire at New York Apparel (1772 Haight Street), and upscale vintage clothes and collectables at La Rosa (1711 Haight Street).
Live Music and Clubs:
Live jazz at Club Deluxe (1511 Haight Street), and DJ-led dancing at The Milk Bar (1840 Haight Street) and gay club Underground SF (424 Haight Street).
Haight-Ashbury Street Fair and its bookend sound stages closes down the area between Stanyan and Masonic on the second Sunday of June.
Everything from swanky eats to greasy pizza.
The tourist contingent keeps prices a bit higher than the norm, though most places, with the exception of a few higher-end establishments, remain in the cheap to mid range.
Anything goes: robes and rainbows to khakis and cameras.
During the day for shopping or any night for a wealth of popular drinking dens.
The beautiful open expanse of Golden Gate Park begins right where Haight Street ends at Stanyan Street.