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San Francisco Nightlife

San Francisco has a vibrant and diverse nightlife scene; the City offers a wide range of venues featuring live music, dance and other entertainment. The city's art scene is also extraordinary; San Francisco boasts world-renowned Opera and Ballet shows, there are also a number of cultural centres spread around the city.

San Francisco has a tremendous variety of after-dark entertainment ranging from ballet and theatre performances at elaborate concert halls to quintessential wine bars passing by Irish pubs, sexy lounges, skyscraper lounges, restaurant bars, comedy clubs, after-works bars, hipster hangouts, and more. Music is an important part of San Francisco's nightlife; there are a number of live music clubs and concerts held in the parks.

The cover charge at smaller venues ranges from $3 to $10. At the larger clubs the cover may go up to $30, although many clubs distribute fliers and invitation cards that get you in free if you arrive early.

Each San Francisco neighbourhood's venues have distinct vibes. Fisherman's Wharf is one of the preferred nocturnal hangouts; SoMa (south of Market Area) hosts trendy restaurants, theatre galleries and electronic music clubs, hip hop and chill art lounges; The Financial District is home to classy venues; The Mission has a compact scene with many bars and clubs;

The Castro and Polk Street has many popular LGTB clubs although Gay-friendly bars and clubs exist all over San Francisco; Nob Hill has upscale hotel bars and high-rise lounges; North Beach is famous for its beatnik bars and strip clubs; Haight Street is a preferred spot for alternative youth; The Marina has venues that cater to the young professionals who live near the area.

The nightlife scene starts and ends early, venues tend to close between midnight and 2 a.m., so get an early start if you want a full night on San Francisco. Drinking age in California is 21 years and older, bartenders can ask for a valid photo ID, no matter how old you look. California Regulations & Laws prohibit the sale of alcohol from 2:00 to 6:00 am every morning. Smoking is banned in all California bars and restaurants. Casual dress is the norm except at hotel lounges. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious crime in California.

To find the action, consult the San Francisco Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, they are available free at bars and restaurants and from newspaper boxes throughout the city.

More Information:

Company Name
San Francisco Weekly 185 Berry, Lobby 4, Suite 3800, San Francisco, CA 94107 (415) 536-8100
San Francisco Bay Guardian The Guardian Building, 135 Mississippi Street, SF, CA 94107; (415) 487-2506

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