Nightlife & the Arts in San Francisco

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Nightlife Overview
Name Category Location
 
111 Minna Gallery
Gallery by day, bar–dance club by night, this...
Dance Clubs San Francisco
 
15 Romolo
Easy to miss and overshadowed by the neighboring...
Bars North Beach
 
21st Amendment Brewery
The popular 21st Amendment is known for its...
Brewpubs / Beer Gardens, Bars San Francisco
 
42nd Street Moon
This group produces delightful "semistaged"...
Music San Francisco
 
4th Street Bar & Grill
San Francisco may not be the best sports town in...
Bars San Francisco
 
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Since 1982 this company has been staging the...
Dance San Francisco
 
Amélie
A slice of modern French life, this cozy and...
Wine Bars Van Ness-Polk
 
American Conservatory Theater
Among the nation's leading regional theater...
Theater San Francisco
 
American Indian Film Festival
Presented by the American Indian Film Institute,...
Festivals San Francisco
 
AsiaSF
Saucy, sexy, and fun, this is one of the hottest...
Cabaret San Francisco
 
Badlands
Shirts off! If a sweaty muscle sandwich sounds...
Bars Castro
 
Balboa Cafe
Here you'll spy young (thirtysomething) and...
Bars The Marina and the Presidio
 
Balboa Theatre
This historic theater, which just celebrated its...
Film San Francisco
 
BATS Improv
In addition to teaching workshops in...
Comedy Clubs The Marina and the Presidio
 
Beach Chalet
This restaurant-microbrewery, on the second...
Bars Golden Gate Park
 
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
The Tony Award–winning Berkeley Repertory...
Theater San Francisco
 
Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra rose to...
Music San Francisco
 
Bimbo's 365 Club
The plush main room and adjacent lounge of this...
Music Clubs North Beach
 
Bix
The retro-chic martini-bar craze keeps going...
Bars North Beach
 
Blackbird
It tries too hard to be hip and cool, but this...
Bars Castro
 
The Boardroom
If you've been looking for a bar where you can...
Bars North Beach
 
BooM BooM RooM
John Lee Hooker's old haunt has been an...
Music Clubs Japantown
 
Bottom of the Hill
This is a great live-music dive—in the best...
Music Clubs Potrero Hill
 
Bourbon & Branch
The address and phone are unlisted, the black...
Bars San Francisco
 
Bow Bow Cocktail Lounge
At this quirky, inclusive, divey karaoke bar, you...
Bars Chinatown
 
Bubble Lounge
Champagne is the specialty at this dark, upscale...
Wine Bars North Beach
 
Buena Vista Café
At the end of the Hyde Street cable-car line, the...
Bars Fisherman's Wharf
 
Bus Stop
Popular with frat boys and stockbrokers alike,...
Bars Cow Hollow
 
Café du Nord
You can hear some of the coolest jazz, blues,...
Music Clubs Castro
 
Cafe International
An open-mike session follows one or more featured...
Readings / Lectures San Francisco
 
The Café
Always comfortable and often packed with a mixed...
Bars Castro
 
Cal Performances
Held at various venues on the University of...
Cultural Tours San Francisco
 
Cantina
Let the skull and crossbones over the entryway of...
Bars Union Square
 
Castro Theatre
A large neon sign marks the exterior of this...
Film San Francisco
 
Chanticleer
A Bay Area treasure, this all-male a-cappella...
Music San Francisco
 
The Cinch
This Wild West–themed neighborhood bar has...
Bars Van Ness-Polk
 
Circa
This classy lounge with shimmering chandeliers is...
Bars The Marina and the Presidio
 
City Arts & Lectures
Each year this program includes more than 20...
Readings / Lectures San Francisco
 
City Beer Store
Called CBS by locals, this friendly tasting room...
Bars San Francisco
 
City Box Office
This charge-by-phone service, sells tickets for...
Tickets San Francisco
 
The Clay
This small but comfortable single-screen theater...
Film San Francisco
 
Cliff House
Classier than the nearby Beach Chalet, with a...
Bars Western Shoreline
 
Club Fugazi
Club Fugazi's claim to fame is Beach Blanket...
Cabaret North Beach
 
Cobb's Comedy Club
Stand-up comics such as Bill Maher, Paula...
Comedy Clubs North Beach
 
Commonwealth Club of California
The nation's oldest public-affairs forum hosts...
Readings / Lectures San Francisco
 
Curran Theater
Some of the biggest touring shows come to this...
Theater San Francisco
 
Divas
In the rough-and-tumble Tenderloin, around the...
Bars San Francisco
 
DNA Lounge
The music changes nightly at the venerable DNA...
Dance Clubs San Francisco
 
Edinburgh Castle
Work off your fish-and-chips and Scottish brew...
Bars San Francisco
 
El Rio
A dive bar in the best sense, El Rio has a...
Music Clubs Mission District
 
Elbo Room
This popular two-story bar has a little something...
Bars Mission District
 
Elixir
The cocktails are well crafted and affordable at...
Bars Mission District
 
Embarcadero Center Cinemas
Shows often sell out at this extremely popular...
Film San Francisco
 
The EndUp
Sometimes 2 am is way too early. And with a...
Dance Clubs San Francisco
 
Esta Noche
This longtime Mission District dive draws a...
Bars Mission District
 
Ethnic Dance Festival
About 30 of the Bay Area's ethnic dance companies...
Festivals San Francisco
 
Exit Theatre
The place for absurdist and experimental theater,...
Theater San Francisco
 
The Fillmore
This is the club that all the big names, from...
Music Clubs Western Addition
 
Film Night in the Park
One of the best times you can have watching a...
Festivals San Francisco
 
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
Some of the most talented practitioners of folk,...
Music San Francisco
 
Golden Gate Theater
This stylishly refurbished movie theater is now...
Theater San Francisco
 
Great American Music Hall
You can find top-drawer entertainment at this...
Music Clubs San Francisco
 
Hard Water
A waterfront restaurant and bar with stunning bay...
Bars Fisherman's Wharf
 
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
The city's top free music event, as well as...
Festivals San Francisco
 
Harrington's Bar and Grill
The epicenter for downtown festivities on St....
Bars Financial District
 
Harry Denton's Starlight Room
Forget low-key drinks—the only way to...
Bars Union Square
 
The Hidden Vine
True to its name, this cozy wine bar is in a...
Wine Bars Union Square
 
Hog Island Oyster Bar
On a sunny day, is there anything better than...
Bars Financial District
 
Hôtel Biron Wine Bar and Art Gallery
Sharing an alleylike block with the backs of...
Wine Bars Hayes Valley
 
The Hotel Utah Saloon
This funky hipster spot presents a mix of local...
Music Clubs San Francisco
 
How Weird Street Faire
Home to ten-plus music stages, ranging from drum...
Festivals San Francisco
 
The Independent
Originally called the Box for its giant...
Music Clubs Western Addition
 
Joe Goode Performance Group
Physicality and high-flying style are the...
Dance San Francisco
 
The Knockout
In a grungy but hip section of the Mission, the...
Bars Mission District
 
Knuckles at the Wharf
This bar toned down its sports motif in an...
Bars Fisherman's Wharf
 
Kozy Kar
Outrageous and full of sexual energy, this may be...
Bars Van Ness-Polk
 
Kronos Quartet
Twentieth-century works and a number of premieres...
Music San Francisco
 
Laszlo
Attached to the Foreign Cinema restaurant,...
Bars Mission District
 
Le Colonial
Down an easy-to-miss alley off Taylor Street is...
Bars Union Square
 
Lexington Club
According to its slogan, "every night is ladies'...
Bars Mission District
 
Lion Pub
With big comfy chairs, cascades of potted plants,...
Bars Pacific Heights
 
Lone Star Saloon
This watering hole is popular with bikers, bears,...
Bars San Francisco
 
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
The performance of plays by black writers such as...
Theater San Francisco
 
Lucky 13
Greasers, hipsters, Betty Page wannabes, anyone...
Bars Castro
 
Magic Theatre
Once Sam Shepard's favorite showcase, the...
Theater San Francisco
 
Make-Out Room
Are you ready to dance? At this tiny Latin club...
Dance Clubs Mission District
 
Margaret Jenkins Dance Company
Founded in 1973, this nationally acclaimed modern...
Dance San Francisco
 
The Marsh
Experimental works, including one-man and...
Theater San Francisco
 
Martuni's
A mixed crowd enjoys cocktails in the semirefined...
Bars Mission District
 
MatrixFillmore
Don a pair of Diesel jeans and a Michael Kors...
Bars The Marina and the Presidio
 
Mezzanine
If you like megaclubs, then you'll dig this...
Dance Clubs San Francisco
 
Midnight Sun
One of the Castro's longest-running bars is...
Bars Castro
 
Mill Valley Film Festival
Marin County's annual Mill Valley Film...
Festivals San Francisco
 
The Mint Karaoke Lounge
A mixed gay-straight crowd that's drop-dead...
Bars Hayes Valley
 
Moby Dick
A quintessential neighborhood watering hole...
Bars Castro
 
Modern Times Bookstore
About six times a month, this progressive-minded...
Readings / Lectures San Francisco
 
Nectar
Classy Nectar has reasonable tasting flights...
Wine Bars The Marina and the Presidio
 
New Conservatory Theatre Center
This three-stage complex hosts the annual Pride...
Theater San Francisco
 
New Pickle Circus
The acrobatically inclined group generally...
Theater San Francisco
 
Nihon
Whiskey lovers need to check this place out, if...
Bars San Francisco
 
Noc Noc
A cross between a Tim Burton film and an Oingo...
Bars Haight
 
Noise Pop Festival
Widely considered to be one of the country's top...
Festivals San Francisco
 
Noontime Concerts at Old St. Mary's Cathedral
This Gothic Revival church, completed in 1872 and...
Music San Francisco
 
ODC/San Francisco
Highly popular with kids, this ten-person dance...
Dance San Francisco
 
Old First Concerts
The well-respected Friday-evening and...
Music San Francisco
 
Opera Plaza Cinemas
The four theaters and their screens are small,...
Film San Francisco
 
Orpheum Theater
The biggest touring shows, such as Hairspray and...
Theater San Francisco
 
Otis
The brainchild of a transplanted New Yorker, this...
Bars Union Square
 
Pacific Film Archive
Affiliated with the University of California, the...
Film San Francisco
 
Paramount Theatre
The spectacular art-deco Paramount Theatre...
Film San Francisco
 
Park Chalet
You'll feel like you're in a cabin in the...
Bars Golden Gate Park
 
Perry's
One of San Francisco's oldest singles bars,...
Bars Cow Hollow
 
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
This ensemble has been lauded as the nation's...
Music San Francisco
 
Pier 23 Cafe
Beer arrives at your table in buckets at this...
Bars Embarcadero
 
Pilsner Inn
Casual and comfortable—yet still hip and...
Bars Castro
 
The Plough and Stars
This decidedly unglamorous pub, where crusty...
Music Clubs Richmond
 
Pocket Opera
A lively, modestly priced alternative to grand...
Opera San Francisco
 
Punchline
A launch pad for the likes of Jay Leno and Whoopi...
Comedy Clubs Financial District
 
RAWdance Concept Series
A modern-day salon, RAWdance is made for both...
Dance San Francisco
 
Rite Spot Cafe
A Mission tradition for more than 50 years, this...
Bars Mission District
 
Robert Moses' Kin Dance Company
Founded in 1995 by choreographer Robert Moses and...
Dance San Francisco
 
Roxie Theater
This is San Francisco's oldest continually...
Film San Francisco
 
Royal Oak
Tiffany-style lamps and cascading ferns...
Bars Russian Hill
 
The Saloon
Hard-drinkin' in-the-know locals favor this...
Music Clubs North Beach
 
San Francisco Ballet
For ballet lovers the nation's oldest...
Dance San Francisco
 
San Francisco Cinematheque
San Francisco Cinematheque showcases experimental...
Film San Francisco
 
San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest
The Bay Area has always been at the forefront of...
Festivals San Francisco
 
San Francisco Independent Film Festival (Indiefest and Docfest)
This popular event presents a slate of movies...
Festivals San Francisco
 
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
Asian and Asian-American cinema is the focus of...
Festivals San Francisco
 
San Francisco International Film Festival
For two weeks at the end of spring, the San...
Festivals San Francisco
 
San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
The world's oldest and largest festival honoring...
Festivals San Francisco
 
San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival
Documentaries, feature films, and Bollywood...
Festivals San Francisco
 
San Francisco Jazz Festival
Every year starting in October, concert halls,...
Festivals San Francisco
 
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
In late July and early August, the Castro Theatre...
Festivals San Francisco
 
San Francisco Mime Troupe
The politically leftist, barbed satires of this...
Theater San Francisco
 
San Francisco Opera
Founded in 1923, this internationally recognized...
Opera San Francisco
 
San Francisco Performances
SFP brings an eclectic array of top-flight global...
Tickets San Francisco
 
San Francisco Symphony
One of America's top orchestras, the symphony...
Music San Francisco
 
San Francisco World Music Festival
This respected autumn festival draws musicians...
Festivals San Francisco
 
Savanna Jazz
Deep in the Outer Mission, this is one of SF's...
Music Clubs Mission District
 
SF Eagle
After a two-year hiatus, the spacious...
Bars San Francisco
 
SFJAZZ Center
Jazz legends Branford Marsalis and Herbie Hancock...
Music San Francisco
 
SFJAZZ Spring Season
The increasingly popular counterpart to the fall...
Festivals San Francisco
 
Slide
During Prohibition, one of the city's more...
Dance Clubs Union Square
 
Slim's
National touring acts—mostly along the pop-punk...
Music Clubs San Francisco
 
Smuggler's Cove
With the decor of a pirate ship and a slew of...
Bars Hayes Valley
 
Smuin Ballet/SF
Former San Francisco Ballet director Michael...
Dance San Francisco
 
Specs Twelve Adler Museum Cafe
If you're bohemian at heart, you can groove on...
Bars North Beach
 
Stern Grove Festival
The nation's oldest continual free summer music...
Festivals San Francisco
 
The Stud
Glam trannies, gay bears, tight-teed pretty boys,...
Bars San Francisco
 
Sugar
Just trendy enough, but never pretentious, Sugar...
Bars Hayes Valley
 
Sundance Kabuki Cinema
Moviegoing at the Kabuki Cinema is a first-class...
Film San Francisco
 
Teatro ZinZanni
In a fabulous antique Belgian dance-hall tent,...
Theater San Francisco
 
Terroir
The focus at this quaint wine bar is on natural...
Wine Bars San Francisco
 
Theatre of Yugen
The 700-year-old Japanese theatrical forms Noh...
Theater San Francisco
 
Theatre Rhinoceros
Gay and lesbian performers and playwrights are...
Theater San Francisco
 
Thirsty Bear
This eco-friendly brewpub is the perfect pit stop...
Brewpubs / Beer Gardens San Francisco
 
Tickets.com
You can charge tickets for everything from jazz...
Tickets San Francisco
 
TIX Bay Area
Half-price, same-day tickets for many local and...
Tickets San Francisco
 
Top of the Mark
A famous magazine photograph immortalized the bar...
Bars Nob Hill
 
Toronado
You come to what may be the city's most popular...
Bars Haight
 
Tosca Café
Like Specs and Vesuvio nearby, this historic...
Bars North Beach
 
Trax
"Laid back" would be an understatement. Once...
Bars Haight
 
Vessel
Enticing, romantic, and ultrahip in one package,...
Bars Union Square
 
Vesuvio Cafe
If you're only hitting one bar in North Beach, it...
Bars North Beach
 
View Lounge
Art-deco-influenced floor-to-ceiling windows...
Bars San Francisco
 
War Memorial Opera House
With its soaring vaulted ceilings and marble...
Arts Centers San Francisco
 
Warfield
This former movie palace—a "palace" in every...
Music Clubs San Francisco
 
West Coast Live
Billed as "San Francisco's Live Radio Show to the...
Readings / Lectures San Francisco
 
Wild Side West
A friendly pool game is always going on at this...
Bars Bernal Heights
 
The Wreck Room
Shuffleboard, arcade basketball, a jukebox, and...
Bars Nob Hill
 
Writers with Drinks
This quirky, oft-madcap, and hilariously funny...
Readings / Lectures San Francisco
 
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Across the street from the San Francisco...
Arts Centers San Francisco
 
Yield
A stone's throw from the bay, Yield may be the...
Wine Bars Potrero Hill
 
Yoshi's
Oakland is home to Yoshi's, one of the nation's...
Music San Francisco
 
Yoshi's
The legendary Oakland jazz venue's San Francisco...
Music Clubs Japantown
 
Zeitgeist
It's a bit divey, a bit rock and roll, but...
Bars Mission District

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