Best Nightlife in San Francisco

Best Nightlife in San Francisco

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When the sun goes down is when things really heat up. From rooftop lounges to underground clubs, here's a look at the best nightlife San Francisco has to offer.

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    This elegant lounge affords amazing views from the 19th-floor perch. Its well-to-do clientele appreciate the place's romantic ambience, along with live entertainment and creative cocktails, especially as they watch San Francisco glow in the evening sun.
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    Don't miss their daily Happy Hour from 4-7, grab a bag of hot roasted peanuts for just a buck, and stick around to listen to the great live shows and popular local DJ's. Smokers flock to the popular smoking lounge, a rarity in smoke-free San Francisco.
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    Nominally a lesbian bar, Wild Side West actually welcomes folks of all inclinations. The quirky, eclectic interior has a saloon feel, complete with lots of funky touches, and you'll also find TVs, a fireplace and a pool table. Check out the garden too!
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    There's nothing like kicking off your San Francisco night with this rowdy show and then rolling with laughter out onto the North Beach Streets, where you can take your hearty appetite to the best Italian food San Francisco has to offer.
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    Live entertainment and drinks promise guaranteed good times. Comedy acts grace the stage many nights, and live musical groups are a constant as well. What makes GAMH unique is its ability to feel like both a big-time concert hall and an intimate venue.
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    Drinks can be ordered from eight themed menus such as American Dive Bar, Grand Hotel and Speakeasy. With a dark, wooden interior, it is recommended to go early to avoid the crowds and reservations can be made for one of its nine booths.
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    Many of the cocktails (like the Ginger Limeade) are designed to complement chef Charles Phan's modern Vietnamese menu. Be sure to ask the staff for the best cocktail pairing if you're ordering dinner.
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    Known for its warm and unpretentious environment, knowledgeable and famously friendly staff members will gladly educate all patrons who wish to know more about (a) wine. Drinking that perfect glass and not playing bocce ball should not be allowed here.
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    Hotel guests and local hipsters alike come to revel in the quiet class of this legendary tavern. An Old Fashioned will align with the ambience but for the indecisive, these bartenders will mix up a suprise for you if you give them a base spirit.
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    Offering an inviting Caribbean atmosphere, the Tiki bar provides a new approach to rum by featuring it in a unique collection of traditional cocktails and classic libations of Prohibition-era Havana as well as its own mix of fun, fruity drinks.
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    Ruby Skye continually hosts the world's top DJs and attracts a crowd looking for a memorable night filled with frivolity and fun. The club offers several unique VIP areas, so getting a table to skip the line of partiers outside is far from a bad idea.
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    The "elemental" nature of the lounge is reflected in the venue's drink menu, which features Earth, Air and Fire cocktails that guests can enjoy while taking in the seductive energy of the downtown night spot.
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