Nightlife in San Francisco is as varied as San Francisco itself, and San Francisco clubs, bars and lounges are for the most part localized in different areas. For electronic music clubs, hip hop and chill art lounges, try San Francisco's SOMA. For bar-hopping with hipsters and rockers, Mission district rules. More elegant bars can be found in the Marina district. San Francisco's North Beach is open until the wee hours with neon strip joints and cool hideaway bars.
In a city as hip and youthful as San Francisco, nightlife often functions as a means for gathering and meeting friends. The Mandarin Lounge caters to professionals, granting 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 martinis, elegant food and classy entertainment in a glamorous package. A more contemporary style finds a home in Suite one8one, where beautiful patrons groove to soul, house and funk just beyond the velvet rope. San Francisco Club NV features two separate dance rooms, a multi level lounge, three bars, intimate VIP suites and private cabanas available for rental. For get-down-and-bump-it dance nightlife in San Francisco, head to The EndUp, with the theme nights that have attracted a faithful following for years. For a club that's been around since 1973, The EndUp is still popping after all these years. Unique amenities include a fireplace, heated outdoor deck and patio area with a waterfall.
The spacious yet intimate Cat Club is divided into two large rooms. The front room features a lounge, espresso bar, big-screen TV, small stage, and a monthly art show. The back room has a wooden dance floor, bar, stage, elevated DJ booth, an excellent sound system, and is fully equipped for live shows.
The 6th Street Club Six is the closest manifestation of an underground party in an above-ground place. Decor is at a minimum. Water comes from an industrial size igloo at the end of the bar. The upstairs has a very nice, loft-like feel with lounge music playing. The basement is like being at an underground rave: low ceilings, lasers, dark hallways and moist walls. Here you can find amazing entertainment with a friendly staff. That is a lot more than can be said for its neighbor down on Folsom St.
For one-of-a-kind Bay City color, check out Beach Blanket Babylon, a musical review whose topical humor is always spot-on. For a unique experience of nightlife in San Francisco visit Duplex. International roster of DJs make Duplex bounce and shake, but the vaulted ceiling, full mahogany bar and skywalk overlooking the bar are what makes this club unique.
Holy Cow's slogan is "never a cover, always a party." This club features DJ dance events all weekend, spinning everything from club classics to disco to hip-hop.
"Dine, dance, lounge" at Loft 11. Come early and partake in Pacific Fusion tapas, or show up fashionably late to dance the remainder of the evening, with regular themed dance nights Thursday through Saturday.
Come and enjoy the seething nightlife in San Francisco! You won't believe your eyes!