Bars and Clubs in San Francisco

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

    Party Earth Review Although far removed from the Mission’s pulsing nightlife center, The Knockout offers a packed schedule of live entertainment bound to appeal to a variety of true dive lovers. From the logo of a hard-boozing Mexican wrestler out front to the kitschy interior strewn with neon signs, random photographs, and vintage album ... more

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    Cha Cha Cha - Bar | Restaurant in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review Santeria altars, shrimp, and lots of sangria coexist at Cha Cha Cha, an über-popular Cuban/Caribbean joint that draws a mixed bag of fun-loving patrons all week long. Open at 5pm daily, the venue features an island-shaped bar that fills up quickly with festive Happy Hour seekers vying for discount fruity cocktails, and ... more

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    Dave's - Dive Bar | Sports Bar in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review A cozy neighborhood Giants haunt located in the midst of a sea of hotels and offices, Dave’s attracts a varied clientele with its affordable grub and heavy-handed drink specials. Though the single-room joint is a San Francisco sports bar to its core – evidenced by the extensive collection of Giants memorabilia – regular ... more

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    440 Castro - Gay Bar | Gay Club in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review "Leather daddies, bears, and muscle men, oh my!"– and the rainbow-brick road leads them all to Castro 440, one of the few watering holes in the neighborhood that caters specifically to the leather/bondage/kink scene. But while shirtless dudes with chest hair are habitually in attendance, 440’s daily specials and varied ... more

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    Mad Dog In The Fog - Pub | Restaurant | Sports Bar in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review Located several blocks down from the patchouli-scented paradise of the Upper Haight, where it shares a block packed with everything from punk dives to casual wine bars, Mad Dog In The Fog is a lively neighborhood pub with tons of beer, a diehard devotion to soccer, and regular trivia nights that are the stuff of legend ... more

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    The Homestead - Bar in San Francisco.

    Party Earth Review On the frontier between ongoing gentrification in The Mission and the growing post-industrial rebirth of neighboring Potrero Hill lies The Homestead, a classic saloon right down to the ragged piano and iron pot-bellied stove crackling in the corner. A hardwood bar with an ancient cash register leaves just enough space ... more

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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:

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

    Arcade Games / Artsy

    Greens Sports Bar - Sports Bar in San Francisco.

    Anything goes / Arcade Games

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

    20s / After Work

    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

    Harlot - Club | Lounge in San Francisco.

    20s / 30s

    Monroe - Bar | Club | Lounge in San Francisco.

    Affluent / Ambient

    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:

    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:

    Cha Cha Cha - Bar | Restaurant in San Francisco.

    30s / 40s

    Butter - Bar in San Francisco.

    20s / 60s Music

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

    30s / 40s

    Amélie - Bistro | Lounge | Wine Bar in San Francisco.

    30s / 40s

    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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