Bars and Clubs in San Francisco

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    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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    Rickhouse - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review Smack-dab in the middle of a neighborhood better known for its high-end shopping and big-name corporations, Rickhouse is an artisanal cocktail lounge that caters to both demanding mixology nerds and overworked financial types. Business people find after-work solace in the extensive drinks menu, either with regular favorites ... more

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    Madrone Art Bar - Art Gallery | Bar | Club | Live Music Venue | Lounge in San Francisco.

    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

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    Blackthorn Tavern - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review The bartenders may pour lots of creamy Guinness like at any Irish bar, but Blackthorn Tavern is more than just another quaint pub to snag a pint. And though more than a dozen flat-screen TVs dedicated to football, baseball, basketball, soccer, UFC fights, and boxing make the place a top-notch sports bar, it isn’t just another ... more

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    The Buena Vista - Historic Bar | Irish Pub | Restaurant in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review There may be a full bar at The Buena Vista, but the endless procession of tourists who pack into this long-standing Fisherman’s Wharf institution usually stick to Irish coffee. The trend began back in the 1950s, when owner Jack Koeppler returned from a vacation to Ireland determined to develop his own version of the stuff ... more

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    Two Sisters Bar and Books - Bar | Café | Gastropub | Bookstore in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review Equal parts cocktail bar, European-inspired café, and book exchange, Two Sisters Bar and Books caters to thirsty gullets, hungry stomachs, and literary minds. Retro details like cream and red toile wallpaper and a vintage cash machine set the stage for the narrow space and its handful of candlelit dark-wood tables, where ... 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:

    Greens Sports Bar - Sports Bar in San Francisco.

    Anything goes / Arcade Games

    Blackthorn Tavern - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in San Francisco.

    Arcade Games / Artsy

    Giordano Bros. - Restaurant | Sports Bar in San Francisco.

    20s / 30s

    Lucas Likes: Beer Sports Rowdy Casual Anything goes Bar Flirty

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  2. Adriana

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

    Press Club - Lounge | Wine Bar in San Francisco.

    30s / 40s

    Monroe - Bar | Club | Lounge in San Francisco.

    Affluent / Ambient

    Harlot - Club | Lounge in San Francisco.

    20s / 30s

    CHAMBERS eat + drink - Fusion Restaurant | Hotel Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in San Francisco.

    Asian Food / Blouses

    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:

    Toronado - Dive Bar in San Francisco.

    ATM / Anything goes

    Hemlock Tavern - Bar | Live Music Venue in San Francisco.

    30s / ATM

    The Saloon - Historic Bar | Live Music Venue in San Francisco.

    20s and up / 30s

    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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Explore San Francisco Bars and Clubs by Neighborhood

Mission

Delirium - Dive Bar in San Francisco. more bars in Mission

SoMa

Press Club - Lounge | Wine Bar in San Francisco. more bars in SoMa

Downtown / Financial District

Ruby Skye - Club in San Francisco. more bars in Downtown / Financial District

Civic Center / Tenderloin

Rickshaw Stop - Club | Live Music Venue in San Francisco. more bars in Civic Center / Tenderloin

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