The Best Nightlife Scenes San Francisco Has To Offer
If you're wanting to experience an unforgettable evening, these are the 8 best nightlife spots to make your San Francisco night epic and memorable.
You spent your day enjoying everything this amazing city has to offer, but now the sun has gone down and a new feeling is in the air. It's time to go out and explore the nightlife of San Francisco and have an amazing evening. No matter if you are looking for a bar to sit and enjoy a drink, or a club to hit the dance floor, San Francisco has it all and here are eight of the best nightlife spots to ensure you have a great time.
Bimbo's 365 Club
This is a place that is a must-go, but get there early as seating is limited and they do not hold reservations. A little history on this club: it was started in 1931 during the depression when the city was in great need of fun and entertainment -- and they delivered on that principal. When you come here, expect more than you are typically used to, this is the kind of place where you can get a nice dinner but also watch a live show while you eat. There is no requirement for ordering food if you get a table, but there is a two-drink minimum. You can get a ticket for just the show, but it is a standing-room-only ticket and still has the two-drink minimum.
This is a cash-only club, but they do have an ATM in the lobby. This is a place to go for some who want to relive the good-old days, and some to go to have their good-old days for the first time. If you can get seats in this amazing, one-of-a-kind club, without a doubt you will not be disappointed with spending the evening here.
Drinks, dancing, amazing art lights, video projections…this place has it all. Cat Club is one of those places that has a great vibe that you just flow right into. There are weekly and monthly special events that range from Goth and 80s to Hip-Hop and Dubstep. They have two dance floors, a go-go cage, and a smoking alley. They offer a different drink special every night. This is the club to go to for an energetic evening of great music and dancing. Cat Club has a mark of being one of San Francisco’s nightlife hot spots, and once you go you will understand why.
This hopping spot is right in the heart of Union Square. It holds the title of most successful five-star nightclub in all the city and showcases some of the world’s biggest known DJs and performing acts. This is not just a place to go for drinks, dancing, and music, here you can even order a Pan Asian dinner before you hit the dance floor. This lounge has everything you need for your evening out on the town: dinner, drinks, music, and dancing. But why stop there, they offer the option to upgrade your nightclub experience with them by getting the signature VIP Table Service. With that, you get a small taste of the celebrity lifestyle as the staff caters to any and every need while you get to relax in the privacy of a reserved area. Premium liquor with fresh mixers, a guest list so no one unexpected shows up, and privacy with a personal attendant...what more could your evening ask for?
This is one of the best nightclubs to go to in the city, they made sure they earned that title and they are going to make sure they hold onto it. Spend your night out there and see just how great it actually is.
Mighty is just what it sounds like it is…it is Mighty. This is one of the best spots for after-dark action in San Francisco. They have one massive main room along with a smaller back room and neither room plays the same music, so there will be a different music vibe and mood going from one room to the another. They have special events on Fridays or Saturdays that are never the same. If you are going here, make sure that you catch one of the special events with well-known names in the industry such as DJ Proof, Young Marco, DJ Harvey, and many more. If you are looking for a jaw-dropping spot, then Mighty is the place to kick off your nighttime party.
Perhaps you are looking for something a little different, well Mezzanine might just have what you are looking for. Over the past few years, they have become increasingly hip-hop friendly, but this spot is still what you would call a multi-purpose club. You never really know what you are going to get when you walk in the door. You might walk in and get a rap act, or you might get a throwback act like Boyz II Men. Be it local, national, or international DJs, you are in for a great night of dancing and partying if you head to Mezzanine.
Looking for a good bar to head to for the evening? If so, this is the one you want to go to. Monarch is the ruling bar of the San Francisco nightlife. This bar is perfect for a sophisticated evening of drinking with friends, or taking a date out for a nice evening. The upstairs mixes elements from Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Steampunk to create a look that is unlike any other. The ambiance is taken to an even greater level with the performers that are suspended from the ceiling directly over the bar.
Now perhaps you want a little more move music, if so, head on down to the basement. The Club, as it is dubbed, has a sound system that very few clubs in America have, so you will be in for amazing sound while you dance. They regularly host international talent, such as Kaskade, Maya Jane Coles, Derrick Carter, and M83. They also have some of the best local talent that the amazing city of San Francisco has to offer. The elevated stage allows you to see the performers, or perhaps you would like the recessed area that has comfortable seating to just sit and enjoy company and the music.
Whatever you're in the mood for, Monarch is a great club to check out as it really is one of the best nightlife spots San Francisco has.
Bourbon and Branch
This is one unique spot. Bourbon and Branch offers you a glimpse back to the 1920s during the prohibition period when alcohol was outlawed. Here you will experience what a speakeasy was and how they conducted their business. A speakeasy was a business that operated illegally during prohibition, and Bourbon and Branch is in the same spot that as a speakeasy in the 1920s was. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is the same building due to the fact that they even have the underground escape tunnels that all speakeasies had.
In order to enter, you must have a reservation, but more importantly, the “password”. To make a reservation and get the password, you go to their website and sign up, also while you are on their website, make sure you read the “House Rules”. There aren’t many of them, but rules are rules especially in a speakeasy. To add a little more to the authentic nature of this great establishment, they have hidden rooms just like speakeasies used to. Here you will find a secret floor with a library filled with their favorite books of all time…but you must have the password to gain access to that floor. To get to this secret room you must ring the buzzer and give them the password, “Books,” otherwise, you will be turned away.
Don’t let the registration requirement dissuade from going here. It is an absolutely amazing place that shows what it was like for these kinds of establishments during prohibition and it is sure to leave you with lasting memories, and wanting to visit again.
San Francisco Pub Crawl
The ultimate nightlife experience, The Pub Crawl. San Francisco has a pub crawl on Friday and Saturday evenings. This is a hosted event and you will get a guide for the evening. This event can sell out, and most do, so get your tickets ordered as soon as you can.
You will go to three legendary Nob Hill bars plus one of the hottest clubs in the Bay area. At each bar, you will spend around 45 minutes drinking and dancing before heading to the next bar. On the crawl, you will get to bypass any line that might be waiting, you get a VIP nightclub entry, specials on drinks and shots such as: a complimentary drink, a free shot with every drink, and buy-one-get-one-free, party accessories (of course), and at the last stop you are welcome to stay until they close. There is no pressure to finish the crawl then leave, but there is no one telling you that you must stay, either.
The crawl typically hits the last spot around 11:00pm so the night is still very young and if you choose to go back to one of the first places on the crawl, or maybe even a new spot you passed on the way, you will still have plenty of time to get to other pubs, bars, or clubs to get your groove on.
They do have a dress code. It is a pretty simple one, no athletic shoes, flip flops, hoodies, shorts, or tank tops. You are going out, so you might as well look good while you are out is pretty much the dress code. Cost for the crawl is only $18.00 which means it is almost a bad idea to not go on the crawl if you are in San Francisco.
When it's time to head out for a night on the town, grab your friends, your water, and your sense of adventure and head out to these clubs or bars and your night is sure to be an epic memory that you will be talking about for years to come.
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