Baghdad by the Bay, Frisco, The Golden Gate City – no matter what you call it, San Francisco is a city full of diverse venues, awesome events, and loads of things to do. Its people may be stereotyped as bed-wetting liberal flower pickers, but you wouldn’t think that watching them yell Braveheart style at AT&T Park when the Giants are playing, go nuts at Candlestick Park over the 49ers, or scare the crap out of everybody across the bridge at the Raiders’ O.co Coliseum.
Golden Gate Bridge alone attracts millions of visitors annually, to say nothing of the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf and its myriad kitschy SF venues just a few minutes away. Though it’s a long way from Broadway, that doesn’t you mean you can’t catch a Broadway show at stunning venues in San Francisco like The Orpheum, The American Conservatory, and the Curran Theatre, while literally dozens of black box theaters put on some surprisingly good shows all year.
There’s also a stellar music scene in SF, and she’s got the live music venues to prove it, whether it’s at famous and large hotspots like The Warfield, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, The Great American Music Hall, or The Fillmore, or at smaller independent powerhouses like Bottom of the Hill, Bimbo’s 365, and Slim’s.
San Francisco nightlife spots flourish in places like The Mission and Polk Street in Russian Hill, while the refined Performing Arts Center in Hayes Valley keeps everybody cultured in ballet and classical concerts. Meanwhile, dance halls and other venues in SF amp up the energy down in SoMa and Downtown, most notably at stalwart clubs like Ruby Skye and the teenage-friendly Rickshaw Stop.