San Francisco Nightlife

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San Francisco is notoriously a fun-loving city where people love to go out, dance, drink and have a great time. The following nightlife spots in San Francisco are some of the city's best.

Best Clubs/Nightlife Spots in San Francisco

Monarch | SoMa

Monarch, located in San Francisco's trendy SoMa neighborhood, is one of the most popular nightlife spots in the whole Bay Area. The cocktail bar and nightclub combo have two stories, and in the basement, a DJ spins dance tunes, and contortionists perform nightly. If you're drinking at the bar, try King Maker: Templeton rye, ginger beer, lime, with a spike of fernet.

Ruby Skye | Downtown

If you want a stunning, elegant space to spend the evening, head to Ruby Skye. This nightclub is in a converted theater built in the 1890s, and it's decorated with ornate, Victorian details. The sound system in Ruby Skye is state-of-the-art, and the nightclub attracts EDM DJs from across the world. You can take advantage of VIP Bottle Service, or simply sip a cocktail while you dance the night away on the dance floor.

The Boom Boom Room | Lower Pacific Heights

The Boom Boom Room is a hot spot in San Francisco for those who love the blues, soul and funk music. Six nights a week, this hopping nightlife spot serves up freshly mixed cocktails in a juke joint style atmosphere. Expect to be up on your feet at the Boom Boom Room; people come here to get down to live music.

Cat Club | SoMa

Located at 1190 Folsom in SoMa, the Cat Club is a legendary San Francisco nightlife spot that is popular with people who love rock 'n' roll and a classic nightclub atmosphere. The Cat Club offers regular themed nights, and its weekly '80s dance party is beloved. Inside Cat Club, there are two separate dance floors, as well as go-go cages, to keep you entertained. One of the best parts about the Cat Club is that the drinks are strong and very affordable.

Hawthorn Lounge | Downtown

Hawthorn is one of San Francisco's swankiest nightlife spots. Part cocktail bar, part lounge and part nightclub, Hawthorn's dark, romantic atmosphere makes the bar a great destination for date night or a fun evening out with friends. Hawthorn has a long list of cocktails (and beer and wine too), but its most famous is the Hawthorn Punch Cocktail: gin or vodka, hawthorn berry reduction, honey, lemon, chocolate bitters, all topped with a float of champagne.