Best San Francisco, CA Nightlife

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    10. Redwood Room

    Within the sleek, Philippe Starck-designed Clift, the much-loved Redwood Room has been reinvented for the new millennium. The venerable venue still boasts its redwood paneling and signature bar, but it's gotten a...

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    9. Cafe Royale

    Nestled between the seedy Tenderloin and ritzy Nob Hill neighborhoods, Cafe Royale has a fantastic selection of local brews, such as "Inception" by Triple Voodoo - very hard to find on tap anywhere else in town. The...

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    8. Hôtel Biron Wine Bar & Art Gallery

    Intimate and atmospheric, this European-styled establishment captivates visitors with its unmistakable charm. Metallic furnishings, ambient lighting and a secluded area in the back help the cause, as does intriguing...

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    7. Top of the Mark

    This elegant lounge, once a penthouse suite, affords amazing, panoramic views from a lofty, 19th-floor perch. Its well-to-do clientele appreciate the place's romantic ambience, along with live entertainment and...

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    6. Bourbon and Branch

    If you've had it with your average night out, take a trip back to 1920's Prohibition at this sleek and elegant bar. They take their cocktails and their "house rules" seriously, though - this isn't the place to scream...

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    5. Hemlock Tavern

    Hemlock is big enough to have something for everyone. Just need a drink? Join them for their daily Happy Hour from 4-7. Want to dance? They have great live shows as well as popular local DJ's spinning at all hours....

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    4. Wild Side West

    Nominally a lesbian bar, Wild Side West actually welcomes folks of all inclinations. The quirky, eclectic interior has a saloon feel, complete with lots of funky touches, and you'll also find TVs, a fireplace and a...

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    2. Great American Music Hall

    A great destination for groups, Great American Music Hall offers guaranteed good times, complete with live entertainment and drinks. Comedy acts grace the stage many nights, and live musical groups are a constant as...

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About San Francisco, CA Nightlife

In a city as hip and youthful as San Francisco, nightlife often functions as a means for gathering and meeting friends, but it’s not the requisite scene that some cities render it. That said, the city offers plenty to entertain, from sexy lounges to hip nightclubs to that quintessential northern California establishment, the wine bar. The Mandarin Lounge caters to professionals, granting them a hotel haven for well-mixed drinks and private conversation. Also upscale, but in a more romantic vein, is the Empire Plush Room, which hosts vocalists, pianists and cabaret performers in tasteful environs. Timelessly chic Bix wraps de rigueur martinis, elegant food and classy entertainment in a single, glamorous package, while more contemporary style finds a home in Suite one8one, where beautiful patrons groove to soul, house and funk just beyond the velvet rope. For get-down-and-bump-it dance action, head to The EndUp, whose theme nights have attracted a faithful, energetic following for years. And for one-of-a-kind Bay City color, check out Beach Blanket Babylon, a musical review whose topical humor is always spot-on and whose elaborate hats defy natural law. Another particularly local institution, Asia SF, serves food, drink and dance, along with stunning female performers who are much more than they seem to be.

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