San Francisco is known as “The City That Knows How,” and one of the things the city is known for is its ability to party and CLUBS. San Francisco, unlike Manhattan, sleeps, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of nightlife options throughout the week, and on weekends they’re just a little more morning alarm-clock friendly overall.
San Francisco has a wealth of alternatives for spending an evening out, from legendary live music venues to sophisticated cocktail clubs. It makes up for what it lacks in late-night eating and after-hours pubs with comedy clubs, storytelling events, and museum evenings. Just a heads up: BART, which serves the East Bay and places like Colma and SFO, stops operating at midnight, and while MUNI’s citywide buses operate all night, the metro changes to bus service in the early morning hours.
The Mission and South of Market are great places to go club-hopping, but there are a few hidden gems in the Castro and downtown as well where you can just get down, get groovy, and dance the entire night. When a regular Saturday evening cocktail lounge, dive bar, or craft brewery simply won’t cut it, these San Francisco nightclubs welcome you to drink up and just move. Some of the best clubs are:
Monarch features three unexpectedly elegant and well-designed venues draped in vintage decor, for all-night parties.
- A concrete bar
- DJ stand
- Luxury lounge sections
- Void Acoustics sound system blaring EDM
- Lounge showcases a redwood bar
- Photo Booth
- Elegant hideaway that is inspired by the royal luxury of the 16th century.
Double Dutch has been a favorite hangout for college-aged partygoers in the Mission District for years.
- 1980s New York-inspired paintings, graffiti
- Antique boombox
- Modest Mission club that plays solely, hip-hop and R&B
- DJs spin classic tracks that bring you back to the days when Run DMC and LL Cool J ruled the airwaves.
It is well-known for its unconventional entertainment, such as costumed burlesque performances and electronic dance parties. On the dance floor, it’s normal to see throngs of individuals dressed up in beautiful attire and costumes.
- Two stages
- Seven bars
- Four dance floors
- Boasts an eclectic lineup that features burlesque dancers
- Live bands
- Saturday night event: bootie San Francisco
Outlandish comedy acts and fantastic parties are sometimes found at Oasis. Without a doubt, the club organizes the greatest drag events in the city. Before each concert, the club offers reserved seats and may accommodate private parties and gatherings with sufficient notification.
- Well-priced drinks
- Acts like Seoul Train, Mother, Sex and the City Live, and more
- Two dance floor
- Smoking-friendly patio
- Lush cocktail in the exotic Fez Room