Only San Francisco Nights Can Beat San Francisco Days

Don't let the small confines of San Francisco fool you - there are plenty of activities to choose from at night. Roam the hills of North Beach and listen to Italian love songs piped out onto cozy, curbside tables for two. Chinatown becomes that much more mysterious and intriguing when the sun goes down. The Mission neighborhood offers some of the city's best live music venues the city has to offer.

If music isn't your thing, jump on the bandwagon of the latest "craze" to hit San Francisco: the craft cocktail movement. All the best drinks are making a comeback in San Francisco, from the stylish sips of the roaring twenties to the simple classics of the "Mad Men" era. And the best bars serve these classic drinks with that very San Francisco twist: locally made spirits and locally harvested fruits and garnishes.

If drinks and music don't ring your bell, San Francisco has some of the best comedy clubs in the country.

And if you happen to be one of those travelers that want a city to surprise them, this is the perfect city for those without a plan. Just like the wild tech ride that's pushing San Francisco - and the world - towards an unknown future, the San Francisco nighttime scene is full of mysteries just waiting to be explored.

Whatever your mood, there's a club or bar or hotspot waiting in the San Francisco night just for you.

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 contemporary punch with sleek...  Read More

The Tenderloin
Cafe Royale
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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 walls are covered with the...  Read More



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. Need a snack? Grab a bag of...  Read More

Hôtel Biron Wine Bar & Art Gallery
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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 original art, which changes...  Read More

Bernal Heights


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 pool table. The bar's most...  Read More



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 and twirl your glowsticks....  Read More



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 creative cocktails, especially as...  Read More



A nightlife hotspot in the revamped and recharged Hayes Valley neighborhood, the Absinthe is very popular for lunch and dinner. But if you stick around until night, the city's best and brightest always step into the Absinthe, definitely one of...  Read More



Billed as the nation's longest running musical review, Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon performs hilarious spoofs of pop culture with great voices, spectacular costumes, outrageously gigantic hats and a succession of show-stopping numbers....  Read More



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 well. The decor hearkens back...  Read More


Meet Tom Molanphy

The only thing that Tom Molanphy loves more than the food, art, music, and culture of San Francisco is sharing it with others. San Francisco never gets old for Tom.

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