San Francisco is not known for its nightlife – you won’t find any megaclubs here. Instead, you’ll find a number of smaller, intimate venues. You won’t see A-list celebrities out and about in the City by the Bay. But on any given night there is still a plethora of clubs to explore and DJs / artists to see.
Looking for more information on each club? Check out our club guides below.
Don’t forget – we also have a free mobile app that you can download here. Use the app to see who’s spinning, sign up for guestlists, buy tickets, and book bottle service!
San Francisco Nightlife FAQ
What are the hottest clubs in San Francisco?
Temple SF, The Midway, Love & Propaganda, Audio SF, August Hall, Arena, Halcyon, Great Northern, and Origin are some of the best clubs in SF.
What are the best music festivals in San Francisco?
Some of SF’s best annual music festivals include: Outside Lands, Treasure Island Music Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Rolling Loud Bay Area, Audiotistic, Bay Nites, Bottlerock (Napa), Oakland Music Festival.
What part of SF has the best nightlife?
SF isn’t a great nightlife city. If you’re looking for places to lounge and have a drink, Union Square is probably your best bet. If you’re looking for dive bars, we’d recommend the Mission. If you’re looking for something a bit more higher energy, Soma probably has the highest concentration of clubs. Polk street or the Castro will probably have the most people out and about on Friday and Saturday nights.
What are the best gay clubs/bars in San Francisco?
San Francisco has no shortage of gay bars / clubs. The world famous Castro district has a ton of bars open for business on any given night, including: Toad Hall, Hi Tops, Oasis, Beaux, Wild Side West, The Lookout and El Rio. Bootie SF is also a great place to mingle if you’re looking for some LGBTQ action!
What time is last call in San Francisco?
Last call in San Francisco is 2 AM.
What time do clubs close in San Francisco?
Most clubs close around 2. Some of the EDM clubs may be open past 2 – Audio, August Hall, Halcyon, Public Works, it really depends on the night and the show. Alcohol stops at 2.
Is weed legal in San Francisco?
Yes recreational weed is legal in San Francisco for anyone 21+.
What are the best day parties in San Francisco?
There are sometimes day parties at Audio SF, or one off parties thrown by certain promoters. There are generally no recurring day parties in SF.
What are the best EDM clubs in San Francisco?
The best EDM clubs are Audio SF, Halcyon, Temple SF, 1015 Folsom, Great Northern and August Hall. There are other venues that often feature EDM artists including Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Warfield, and The Midway.
What are the best hip hop clubs in San Francisco?
Origin, Arena SF, The Grand, Holy Cow, Vanity, Luv.
What are the best after hours spots in San Francisco?
Your best bet is probably Public Works, or The End Up.