The Best of San Francisco Nightlife
Collected by AFAR Traveler , AFAR Contributor
Great bars are a hallmark of San Francisco, from friendly neighborhood drinking holes to meccas of craft cocktails and artisanal beer.
Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
Bourbon and Branch is a traditional speakeasy. Their 8 house rules—hushed voices and no cell phones among them—encourage neighborly conversation in a very relaxed setting. It's a great way to meet people if you're traveling alone as...
8 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
This is a Monday-Friday happy hour kind of place, not necessarily a weekend destination. And, yes, it's where everyone in the Financial District goes to pick up people after work. Perhaps you consider that a plus, maybe not. I don't care since I'm...
155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
The site of Comstock saloon has quenched the city's thirst since 1907. Named after the Comstock Lode– one of the most significant gold finds in California that prompted migration, mining and the growth of the city –this bar has seen it all. With...
1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The bartenders at Alembic take their mixology seriously. As in "this has the essence of elderflower" in it seriously. I like the bar because on a rare Saturday morning when I need a little spicy alcohol kick that's lighter than a bloody mary, I...
3176 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Six bowling lanes, a full bar, and delicious "technique-driven comfort food" await you at Mission Bowling Club in San Francisco. Thoughtfully designed, this 21-and-up venue champions local artists by displaying their works on the wall. With indoor...
3639 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116, USA
The Riptide is a fun bar with a brick fireplace. It is a great place to hang out in the winter. They host a surf movie night on Wednesdays. 3639 Taraval St., (415) 681-8433, riptidesf.com. This story appeared in the January/February 2012 issue.
55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The academy of arts and science museum in golden gate park offers a whole day of fun and learning. A planetarium, an aquarium and a rainforest is such a diverse experience under one roof which is designed with the environment in mind. The roof is...
620 Treat Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
This 15-barrel on site brewery creates a wonderful variety of house brews that go swimmingly with chef Corey Walsh's beer influenced culinary skills. Come hungry and thirsty, stay late and enjoy the ample indoor and outdoor communal seating areas....
3202 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
The martini may or may not have been invented in San Francisco—booze authorities, with breathtaking seriousness, have debated the matter for decades. Either way you can't swing an olive in this town without finding a swell cocktail bar. Nod...
473 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Most clubs on Broadway in San Francisco can leave something to be desired as far as aesthetics and class go, but the Monroe Lounge is a cool, old school venue. I had the pleasure of attending San Francisco's latest 'Travel Massive' meet-up and I...
3845 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
St. Mary's Pub in the Bernal Heights neighborhood serves the types of spicy Bloody Marys that get the blood flowing. There's a menu of seven flavors, including Southwestern with chipotle and Japanese with wasabi. At the side of the bar, there's a...
3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
For much of us, the slow food movement is nothing new. Throw it on the heap with "farm to table," artisan," and "fair trade" as things that are good in this world and worthy of aspiration. Trick Dog is all of that and a shot of rye. Brought to you...
2216 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
One of the recent additions to Oakland's Uptown neighborhood is Plum Bar, adjacent to Daniel Patterson's Plum Restaurant. The Bailout blends scotch, gin, carpano antico, and orange bitters. It complemented the creamy macaroni and cheese quite...
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