9 Fun Things To Do At Night In San Francisco, California

9 Fun Things To Do At Night In San Francisco, California

Scroll on and down and find out about the top things to do at night in San Francisco! The fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets!

While on a trip to sunny California, you stop by San Francisco. The time is reaching evening and you are wondering what to do. It is about 5:00 pm and you have no idea what the nightlife is like in San Francisco. You do not just want to go out there and get lost, you have to know what you are getting into. This is a new place, with a new city life you are not used to.

As you are browsing the internet in your hotel looking for a good place to go, you land on this article. You find some interesting spots to go to and one just so happens to be down the street from your hotel. You check it out and realize San Francisco is going to give you the night you will remember forever.

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1. Bourbon & Branch is elite (Open till 2 am)

Bourbon and Branch: Russell Room
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It is the most elite place in San Francisco, but if you have a reservation and a password, then you’re set. Bourbon & Branch is a modern speakeasy mixed with 1920s authentic jazz vibes. A throwback to the times when alcohol was outlawed and you had to sneak into “libraries” to drink.

If that excites you, then this is where you need to be. There are plenty of drinks and beverages to choose from at Bourbon & Branch. They also offer The Beverage Academy, which teaches you how to make their beverages.

Bourbon & Branch

Address: 501 Jones Street, San Francisco, 94102

Email: [email protected]

Opening Hours: 6 pm to 2 am

Contact: +1 415 931 7292

Website: Bourbon & Branch

2. Alembic, voted top 25 best cocktail bar in GQ (Open till 2am on Saturdays)

This place could be one of the coolest bars in San Francisco. The atmosphere is relaxed and laid back and this is one of the best places for a subtle drink in San Francisco at night. If you want to stop by a bar just for a quick drink and head back to the hotel, you’ve found your place.

These are not just ordinary drinks here at Alembic. These are creations. The bartenders create masterpieces for you to drink as you have conversations with people you have never met before. Unlike some bars, snacks and main course meals are available for purchase.


Address: 1725 Haight Street, San Francisco, 94117

Email: [email protected]

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 2am, Sunday to Tuesday: 12 midnight

Contact: +1 415 830 4407

Website: Alembic

3. Tick Tock, wind down at the Clock Bar (Open till 2am)

Posted by Clock Bar on Tuesday, 6 May 2014

It is named after a clock, but that does not make it any less exquisite. Located in Westin St. Francis, Clock Bar is all about drinking in a relaxed environment. Similar to Alembic, Clock Bar is a cocktail bar–however, the environment is more sophisticated.

If you are looking for a cosmpolitan environment mixed with a good whiskey and coke, this is your place. The bar food is high quality and the location on Union Square is conveniently located close to plenty of nightlife if you want to go out afterwards.

Clock Bar

Address: 335 Powell Street, San Francisco, 94102

Opening Hours: 4 pm to 2 am

Contact: +1 415 397 9222

Website: Clock Bar

4. Infusion Lounge is even better than it sounds (CLOSED)

9 fun things to do at night in san francisco, california | infusion lounge is even better than it sounds (closed)
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**Editor’s note: Infusion is permanently closed.

This club is Asian themed, from the interior to the tables. Infusion Lounge is known for its extravagance and their top DJs, featured throughout the week and weekends.

DJs from around the world come and play at the Infusion Lounge, elite travelers are welcome here and should enjoy their stay. However, you should dress to impress because the door policy is no joke.

Infusion Lounge

Address: 124 Ellis Street, San Francisco, 94102

Email: [email protected]

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday: 9 pm to 2 am, Saturday: 9 pm to 12 midnight, closed on Sunday to Tuesday

Contact: +1 415 421 8700

Website: Infusion Lounge

5. The Redwood Room, Redwood paneling exuding class and warmth (Open till 2am)

Tonight, we'll be closed for a private event from 9:30PM-12AM. See you after for DJ Jeremy Roberts!

Posted by Redwood Room on Thursday, 26 January 2017

This is one of the classiest bars in San Francisco if that is your atmosphere. The Redwood Room is a place for rich, young businessmen and women who are looking for a night on the town with fellow coworkers or bosses.

Glamorous women walk The Redwood Room located in Downtown San Francisco in the Cliff Hotel.

The Redwood Room

Address: 495 Geary Street, San Francisco, 94102

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday : 5 pm to 2 am, Friday & Saturday: 4 pm to 2 am

Contact: +1 415 929 2372

Website: The Redwood Room

6. If bars and clubs are not your thing, we have Cheaper Than Therapy (Open till 11.30pm)

Comedy shows are always a riot when you are traveling, sometimes you want to let loose and get away from the stress from your job or from wherever you are coming from.

This is the place for you. It’s near Union Square and what more could you ask for? They have a full bar, funny comedians, and it’s completely inexpensive. The prices range depending on who you are going to see.

Cheaper Than Therapy

Place: Shelton Theater

Address: 533 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

Opening Hours: Thursday to Saturday: 9 pm to 11.30 pm, Sunday: 6 pm to 8.30 pm, closed on Monday to Wednesday

Contact: (512) 586-4401

Website: Cheaper Than Therapy

7. Look our yonder from The View (Open till 1.30am)

Located on top of the Marriott Hotel, The View offers a breathtaking view as you drink, socialize, and eat. There are windows all around the bar, so you can see all of San Francisco.

This is not a place to go for the bar since the menu is not the greatest – however, the view makes up for it. The View is not inexpensive, but it is not expensive either. It lands in the middle, so if you are looking for high-class at a reasonable price, this is for you.

The View

Place: Marriott Hotel

Address: 780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Area: Financial District, SoMa, Union Square

Opening Hours: Thursday to Saturday: 4 pm to 1.30 am, Sunday to Wednesday: 4 pm to 1 am

Contact: (415) 442-6003

Website: The View

8. Collect your pocket change and head over to the Coin-Op Game Room (Open till 2am)

This place has arcade games, great pizza and even a cocktail bar, just for you. The price range is 11-30 USD, which is the most inexpensive place you can get all three of these features in all of San Francisco.

Coin-Op does not open until 4:00 pm, but it is worth it for late night game play. The machines take quarters, so make sure you have change. Make sure you check out Coin-Op Game Room when you are in San Francisco. You will not regret it!

Coin-Op Game Room

Address: 508 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Opening Hours: Mondays to Friday : 4 pm to 2 am, Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon to 2 am

Contact: (628) 444-3277

Website: Coin-Op Game Room

9. Drink a pint or two at the San Francisco Brewing Co. Tap Room (Open till midnight on Saturdays)

9 fun things to do at night in san francisco, california | drink a pint or two at the san francisco brewing co. tap room (open till midnight on saturdays)
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If you do not like cocktails you should check out this local Tap Room. You can do beer tastings or just sit at the bar and drink different brands of beer, and it’s located in Market Space.

The Tap Room is only open after 4:00 pm, and is a great spot for nightlife fun in San Francisco. It is inexpensive and a very relaxed fun environment.

San Francisco Brewing Co. Tap Room

Address: 2175 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Opening Hours: Wednesday & Thursday: 5 to 10 pm, Friday: 4.30 to 11 pm, Saturday: 12.30 pm to 12 midnight, Sunday: 1 to 8 pm Closed on Monday, Tuesday: 5 to 10pm

Contact: (415) 484-2337

Website: San Francisco Brewing Co. Tap Room

Nightlife in San Fran


San Francisco is a huge place to be and getting lost can happen quickly. But with a little navigation, you will soon realize that the city is the place to be. These are some of the best places you can check out when you are traveling to San Francisco. If that excites you then head to the Bourbon & Branch and let me know just how elite it really is.

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