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Nightlife Guide for San Francisco

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Culture and cocktails, a DJ twin spin or a jazz solo — nighttime is the right time to discover that there’s a fresh approach to everything here when it comes to new ways to have fun.

Good for
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Off the Grid

Restaurants

de Young Museum

Speciality Museums

Exploratorium

Children's Museums, Science Museums

Beach Blanket Babylon

Performances

The Chapel

Bars & Clubs

AsiaSF

Restaurants

Top of the Mark

Bars & Clubs

San Francisco Symphony

Symphonies

SFJazz Center

Theatres

The Fillmore

Theatres

San Francisco Travel's City Tips

  • Try to take Muni or BART when possible; parking can be difficult in these areas.
  • If you're looking to dine out, be sure to make reservations in advance. It can be difficult getting a table without one.
  • Be prepared to always have layers with you. A light jacket is your best friend in San Francisco.
  • Always ask around, there is usually something fun happening in the city.
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    Off the Grid
    Restaurants (Fast food, International)
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Off the Grid is a mobile food extravaganza, bringing delicious foods, with free sides of music, craft and soul.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • These events are popular. Try to arrive early, before the lines start to form.
    • Bring cash. Most food vendors are not equipped with electronic payment systems.
    • This event is great for groups. Split up and head to different food vendors to get food for everyone. This will cut down your wait time.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #206 of 4,229 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best food, beer and music! 20/10/2017
    • Brilliant! 14/09/2017
    • Off the Grid
    Address:
    Fort Mason Center Parking Lot Buchanan St & Marina Blvd
    San Francisco, CA
    Phone:
    +1 415-779-6684
    Hours:
    Fri
    17:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    de Young Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    The museum fills up with an eclectic mix of live music and performances, film screenings, dancing, mixed-media art-making stations, demonstrations from local artists, curatorial talks, and open artist studio hours. Engage with artists and performers, wander the art galleries, and enjoy a sunset in the observation tower or grab a drink at the specialty cocktail bar. The museum is open late just for you! Your Friday nights just got more interesting.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • General admission is free, but to see the special exhibitions, you will need to purchase a ticket.
    • Check out the Hamon Education Tower for an unobstructed, 360-degree view of San Francisco’s western neighborhoods and beyond.
    • There is an underground parking lot, but if you want free parking, there is plenty to be found on the street. Just be prepared to do a bit of walking.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very cool 14/11/2017
    • Great Collection 13/11/2017
    • de Young Museum
    Address:
    50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr
    Golden Gate Park
    San Francisco, CA 94118-4502
    Phone:
    +1 415-750-3600
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:30 - 17:15
    Other:
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    Exploratorium
    Children's Museums, Science Museums
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Enjoy cocktails, conversations and adult-oriented activities in sciences and the arts. One part theater, one part cabaret, one part gallery and one part Happy Hour, Exploratorium After Dark is a unique way to experience one of San Francisco’s most beloved museums.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Don't go to the bar at the front entrance for a drink. Head to the Seaglass Restaurant--lines are much shorter.
    • This is a great place for a first date. If you have trouble finding things to talk about, you can explore a new exhibit.
    • Purchase your tickets online to skip the line to get into the museum. Quick and easy!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get there when it opens 16/11/2017
    • Field trip for all ages! 16/11/2017
    • Exploratorium
    Address:
    Pier 15, on the Embarcadero
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Phone:
    +1 415-528-4444
    Price range:
    US$19 - US$19
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Thu
    18:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Beach Blanket Babylon
    Performances
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Beach Blanket Babylon, the world's longest running musical revue, is a high energy pop culture satire and is the perfect night out with friends.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Arrive early to get prime seats, especially if you go with a large group.
    • Eat dinner before you go. Beach Blanket Babylon only offers snacks and drinks.
    • Bring cash. The bar does not accept credit cards.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 94 Concerts & Shows in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Total San Francisco experience 15/11/2017
    • Absolutely amazing!!! 13/11/2017
    • Beach Blanket Babylon
    Address:
    678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard
    Club Fugazi
    San Francisco, CA 94133-3878
    Phone:
    +1 415-421-4222
    Hours:
    Sun
    14:00 - 16:00
    17:00 - 19:00
    Wed - Thu
    20:00 - 22:00
    Fri
    18:30 - 22:00
    Sat
    18:30 - 20:30
    21:30 - 23:30
    Other:
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    The Chapel
    Bars & Clubs
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Chapel Bar is open to the neighborhood seven nights a week, and is also a great place for concert ticket-holders to enjoy specialty cocktails and food before, during and after shows.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Head to the second floor balcony. This is the place to be if you want to see everything on stage without fighting for space.
    • Head next door to The Vestry before the concert for a drink.
    • This is a great place to grab dinner and catch an indie band.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 334 Nightlife in San Francisco
    • Moon Duo and Hanni El Khahib 23/05/2017
    • Twin Peaks Show with Hinds 14/04/2017
    • The Chapel
    Address:
    777 Valencia St
    San Francisco, CA 94110-1734
    Phone:
    +1 415-551-5157
    Other:
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    AsiaSF
    Restaurants (Asian)
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    The world famous transgender stars- the beautiful and talented Ladies of AsiaSF- serve you superb critically acclaimed Cal Asian cuisine and perform hourly atop the red runway bar. Add in signature cocktails, wine, and color morphing shoji screen walls and you have a feast for all your senses! It continues to be the ultimate San Francisco experience.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Make your reservations for later in the evening so you can catch the final show with all the girls performing.
    • AsiaSF is best for groups celebrating birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties, etc.
    • After the dinner and show are over, head downstairs to dance on the dance floor.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #490 of 4,229 restaurants in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting experience with lady boys as entertainers 06/11/2017
    • Great fun and fab food! 29/10/2017
    • AsiaSF
    Address:
    201 9th St
    cross street is Howard Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103-3806
    Phone:
    +1 415-255-2742
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$80
    Hours:
    Sun
    19:00 - 22:00
    Tue - Thu
    19:00 - 22:00
    Fri
    19:00 - 02:00
    Sat
    17:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Top of the Mark
    Bars & Clubs
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    The legendary Top of the Mark, a San Francisco landmark since 1939, is known for breathtaking, wraparound views of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Come when the sun is setting and grab a table by the window. The panoramic views are breathtaking.
    • The drink list is amazing. Try their signature "Top of the Mark" or Lychee Martini.
    • For an added experience, take the cable car to the Top of the Mark, which stops right in front of the hotel.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 334 Nightlife in San Francisco
    • Drinks 11/11/2017
    • More than 100 Cocktails with Martinis and more others with vodka and rum 03/10/2017
    • Top of the Mark
    Address:
    999 California St
    Nob Hill
    San Francisco, CA 94108-2250
    Phone:
    +1 415-392-3434
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 13:00
    17:00 - 23:30
    Mon - Sat
    06:30 - 11:00
    12:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    San Francisco Symphony
    Symphonies
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Founded as an orchestra for the people just five years after the 1906 earthquake, the San Francisco Symphony has offered innovative programs that provide a mix of classical and new music for more than 100 years. With performances over 200 days per year, from Mahler to pops, it’s easy to find a concert you’ll love that fits into your trip.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you want to impress your date, order champagne before the performance. It will be waiting for you at intermission at a reserved table.
    • If you want to eat before or after, book a reservation at a nearby restaurant. It can be difficult to find a table without one.
    • Try to get a seat on the first tier, towards the center of the hall for optimal acoustics and viewing.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #85 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing orchestra but dress the part 27/10/2017
    • Rhiannon Giddens was guest vocalist; amazing all the way around 31/07/2017
    • San Francisco Symphony
    Address:
    201 Van Ness Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94102-4585
    Phone:
    +1 415-864-6000
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    12:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    SFJazz Center
    Theatres
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    The luminous new SFJAZZ Center is the first stand-alone structure in the country built specifically for jazz. Its intimate concert hall, the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, was acoustically and visually designed to enhance the creation of spontaneous music and the connection between artists and audiences.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Arrive early. All shows start promptly at 7:30 p.m. and they won't let you in until a piece is done.
    • Don't bring a coat unless you want to hold it on your lap during the performance; there is no coat check.
    • For an incredibly unique view of the musicians, get the seats behind the stage. There is also a shelf there for your drinks.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #146 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    • Great place to enjoy jazz 28/10/2017
    • Wonderful acoustic, excellent program 18/10/2017
    • SFJazz Center
    Address:
    201 Franklin St
    San Francisco, CA 94102-5108
    Phone:
    +1 866-920-5299
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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    The Fillmore
    Theatres
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    San Francisco Travel Says:

    Famous for rock and pop music since the 1960s, the venerable Fillmore books headliners into its expansive, 1,000-person space. It’s hosted numerous legendary acts on its stage over the past several decades.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • After the show is over, be sure to grab a free concert poster.
    • Try to get there early and wear comfortable shoes. There are a few first-come, first-serve seats. Otherwise, general admission is standing room.
    • Grab yourself a red apple near the stairs. It's a wholesome tradition. (But be sure to wash it first.)
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #215 of 562 things to do in San Francisco
    • No access 10/06/2017
    • so silly 25/03/2017
    • The Fillmore
    Address:
    1805 Geary Blvd
    San Francisco, CA 94115-3519
    Phone:
    +1 415-346-6000
    Other:
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