10Best San Francisco, CA Nightlife
The Irish invented the rave. If you want a night of foot-stomping jigs, plenty of libations and wall-to-wall revelers looking for a good time, you can't beat the Plough and the Stars.
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As the wild stepchild of the "foodie" movement, the "craft-cocktail" movement has swept across San Francisco with alcohol-infused fervor. The Mission District of San Francisco has some of the hippest bars following this trend, and Agave Bar of Loló restaurant is arguably at the forefront of this frenzy in libation experimentation. If you believe you are what you drink, head to Agave Bar for a seriously considered cocktail. Read more »All New & Notable San Francisco Nightlife »
San Francisco is built on innovation, so it was only a matter of time before someone introduced an alternative to your regular ol' cocktail or Pabst Blue Ribbon. Enter Upcider Bar, the creation of Ozzie Gundogdu and Omer Cengiz, natives of Turkey with a keen taste for something different. One sip of their renowned cider will have you saying, "How about dem apples!" Read more »All New & Notable San Francisco Nightlife »
Top-flight comedy clubs have popped up across the nation, which makes it easier than ever to catch a stand-up show. Read more at USA TODAY »
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 its 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.
- San Francisco Expert Kelly Sigmon