Photo courtesy of The Starlight Room
Dancing above San Francisco
Take the elevator 21 floors up to the top of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel and the plush red interior and cozy booths set a retro mood that recalls the Starlight Room's 1928 beginnings, big band music, and men in tuxedos and tophats. The Starlight Room received a glamorous makeover in 2011, and the music and dancing styles have changed over the decades, but the raison d'etre of this perch is entertainment. DJs spin on Friday and Saturday nights. FYI: there's a cover charge that ranges from $15-$20. On Tuesday’s count on live jazz from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., (no cover), and there's a monthly Cabaret Variety Show on the last Thursday of the month. You definitely want to book ahead for their popular Sunday's A Drag brunch that boasts more bouffant hairdos, sequins, and feather boas than any other brunch in the city. There's a solid menu of drinks and snacks to keep you fueled at night, including the Starlight Room's signature Cablel Car cocktail: Captain Morgan rum, orange curacao, lemon juice, with a cinnamon sugar rim.
By Kimberley Lovato, AFAR Local Expert
Looking Down Powell
This vantage point looks down Powell Street, below Nob Hill and toward Union Square. It's a very lively area of the city. Sir Frances Drake Hotel is pictured on the left.
1504, 450 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Sun 10:30am - 2pm
Tue - Thur 6pm - 12am
Fri, Sat 5pm - 2am