Bars and Clubs in San Francisco

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

    Party Earth Review Situated on a popular stretch of Polk Street well-trod by barhoppers, Hemlock Tavern hosts bands, DJs, and Happy Hours every night. A large walk-around bar serves lots of PBR to the hipster regulars – “Skinny jeans: Activate!” – while wooden benches spread throughout the room provide spots for the punks, folk lovers, and ... more

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    Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub - Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review A wee bit of clover in an area of town known more for dollar signs and day-trading than Gaelic watering holes, Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub provides a mellow retreat to sip some Guinness during the week, and a raging – and distinctly non-Irish – dance scene on weekends. Lured in by the deep blue façade and traditional Celtic ... more

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    Uva Enoteca - Italian Restaurant | Wine Bar in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review Several blocks east of the famous Haight-Ashbury intersection and all its hippy/tourist trappings is a cozy little slice of Italy called Uva Enoteca. The name means “grape wine bar,” and owners take the translation seriously, stocking nothing but 100% Italian varietals on the extensive drink list. Older couples drop by ... 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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    The Parlor - Bar | Club | Lounge | Sports Bar in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review Located in tourist-heavy Fisherman’s Wharf, The Parlor is equal parts dance club, sports bar, and classic cocktail lounge. Daily Happy Hours entice preppy young Giants fans from the nearby Marina to drop in for a game and a Bud, not to mention the tidal waves of out-of-towners making a pit stop before hitting the area’s ... 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:

    The Wreck Room - Sports Bar | Arcade in San Francisco.

    20s / After Work

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

    20s / 30s

    Greens Sports Bar - Sports Bar in San Francisco.

    Anything goes / Arcade Games

    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:

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

    Asian Food / Blouses

    Harlot - Club | Lounge in San Francisco.

    20s / 30s

    Press Club - Lounge | Wine Bar in San Francisco.

    30s / 40s

    Jardinière - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in San Francisco.

    30s / 40s

    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:

    The Homestead - Bar in San Francisco.

    Artists / Average Joes

    500 Club - Bar in San Francisco.

    20s / 30s

    El Rio - Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in San Francisco.

    20s / 30s

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

    30s / ATM

    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:

    The Knockout - Club | Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in San Francisco.

    20s / 30s

    El Rio - Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in San Francisco.

    20s / 30s

    Toad Hall - Gay Bar | Gay Club in San Francisco.

    20s / 30s

    Trad'r Sam - Dive Bar | Tiki Bar in San Francisco.

    20s / 30s

    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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