The 10 Best Places For 18+ Nightlife In San Francisco - Updated 2024

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The cool, elegant, and sophisticated seaport, San Francisco, is a glittering jewel of northern California. It is an excellent confluence of culture and period architecture. Its candy-colored Victorian homes co-exist perfectly with the modern skyscrapers. This city is the technology hub of America and is home to the most successful startups of the world such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Uber, etc. The northern Californian city also has few more surprises under its belt; the first LGBTQ+ neighborhood in the city, a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, and a bubbling art scene among others. Wine lovers can expect to find some of the finest wines of Napa Valley in the famous San Fransisco Bay area. Also, you cannot miss the amazing view of Golden Gate Bridge or a trip to Alcatraz Island. Now, if you are an adult and seeking some nighttime adventure, check out the best places for 18+ nightlife in San Francisco.

1. Watch a movie at Balboa Theatre

Balboa Theatre San Francisco
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Established in 1926, Balboa Theatre is one of the very last neighborhood theatres of the city which is still surviving. It was designed by renowned architects James & Merritt Reid and was renovated after a fire. Nowadays, it is a part of the local theatre chain named CinemaSF, owned and run by San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation. Enjoy the modern movies in a vintage setup, if it is your birthday, you can enjoy them for free. Delicious popcorn, tea, and coffees, ice-cream, and hotdogs are also available inside. You can enjoy any of the 8pm shows such as comedy nights, musicals or dance shows.

Balboa Theatre

Address: 3630 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121, United States

Website: Balboa Theatre

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2. Enjoy coffee or cocktails at The Interval at Long Now

Best places for 18+ nightlife in San Francisco
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Visit this unique cafe cum bar famous for its coffee as well as cocktails. Marina Boulevard of San Francisco welcomes you during the lovely evening and late evening hours at The Interval at Long Now. It has an interesting décor, consisting of a floor-to-ceiling library and an ambiance of a space station. Basically, it is a combination of a museum, coffee shop, and a bar. Enjoy a quiet conversation with a cup of coffee or learn more about their 10,000-Year Clock over their signature cocktails.

The Interval at Long Now

Address: Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Boulevard, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123, United States

Website: The Interval at Long Now

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 1pm - 9pm; Wed - Fri : 4pm - 9pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

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3. Experience fine dining at Waterbar Restaurant

Posted by Waterbar on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Dine with a view of Bay Bridge at Waterbar Restaurant. It is famous for seafood, especially oysters. There is an indoor dining area and an outdoor patio. The indoor dining area has floor-to-ceiling circular aquariums and huge glass windows. The outdoor patio is located just in front of the water, with a direct view of the bay, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, and the skyline of SF. It is also dog-friendly, in case you don’t want to leave your furry baby behind.

Waterbar Restaurant

Address: 399 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States

Website: Waterbar Restaurant

Opening hours: 12pm - 9pm (daily)

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4. Go 10-pin bowling at Lucky Strike

Posted by Lucky Strike San Francisco on Thursday, February 8, 2018

An experience of bowling comes with delicious meals and a choice of drinks at Lucky Strike. It is an entertainment facility that has massive space for bowling, billiards, and other games, along with bars and comfortable lounges. There are private and semi-private lounges with bowling lanes. The private Green Room Suite has a vintage décor with two bowling lanes, plush lounge seating, and an optional private bar. The semi-private bowling suite with four state-of-the-art bowling lanes is for a slightly large group. The Einstein Lounge is for the largest group, it has facilities for billiard, trivia, and other games. After a tiring game, if you are thirsty, there are the main bar and a cocktail bar to offer you a huge selection of drinks. Note that at night a 21+ policy comes to play.

Lucky Strike

Address: 200 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States

Website: Lucky Strike

Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)

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5. Get a unique experience at PanIQ Escape Room

Posted by PanIQ Escape Room San Francisco on Monday, July 16, 2018

Indulge in an adventure of a lifetime at PanIQ Escape Room with your peers. Your main objective is to solve the puzzles before the allotted time is finished. You can choose different games, like in ‘The Red Wire’ you got to play the part of MI5 agents, where you have to search for a foreign spy before he can attack the city. If you love the world of magic, you must prove yourself worthy of the greatest powers at the ‘Wizard Trials’. Put your brain to full use and solve the mysteries with your buddies before retiring to a peaceful sleep.

PanIQ Escape Room

Address: 2146 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States

Website: PanIQ Escape Room

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 2:30pm - 11pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

Price: 34 USD

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6. Tee off at Urban Putt

Urban Putt: Where mini-golf reaches its full potential.

Posted by Urban Putt on Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Imagine going to an upscale restaurant to play golf? In the city of San Francisco, there is a restaurant with a miniature golf course. Located in the heart of the city, Urban Putt is a full-fledged restaurant with an indoor miniature golf course. The 14-hole miniature golf course has interactive kinetic sculptures which create an artistic outlook. Start your evening at the clubhouse on the second floor to enjoy the delicious food and cocktails. This can be followed by a late evening game before you call it a night.

Urban Putt

Address: 1096 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States

Website: Urban Putt

Opening hours: Sat: 11am - 2am; Sun: 11am - 12am; Mon - Thu: 4pm - 12am; Fri: 4pm - 12am

Price: 14 USD

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7. Experience live events at Oracle Park

ATT Sunset Panorama
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If you are in the mood of catching up on a game of baseball while visiting San Francisco, you must head towards the South Beach neighborhood. Oracle Park stands along San Francisco Bay, with a nice view of the surrounding. It is the home of the San Francisco Giants, the Major League Baseball team of this city. If you are lucky, you can see them playing. However, for nighttime activities, do keep an eye out for the events hosted here.

Oracle Park

Address: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States

Website: Oracle Park

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8. Take a sunset cruise (from USD 85.0)

The best time to visit San Fransisco Bay is during the time of dusk. Take a sunset cruise in a luxurious catamaran to see the sun going down. Sail past Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island in your trip of one and half hours. You will get to meet sea lions and the other wildlife during the sail. The San Francisco city skyline looks mesmerizing while the sunset over the Pacific Ocean steals the show.

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San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge

Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes

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9. Hit the dance floor at the Temple Nightclub San Francisco

Posted by Temple SF on Tuesday, March 10, 2020

There is no shortage of nightclubs if you want to hit the dance floor at San Fransisco. You can visit Temple Nightclub, a multi-level nightclub with huge dance floors. The main room has the capacity of hosting around 750 people at a time. It has box suites and mezzanine tables above the dance floor. The lower level is called LVL 55, and it is designed for an intimate nightclub experience. The sound systems, LED lights and the entire setup is to offer you a unique nightlife experience of a lifetime.

Temple Nightclub San Francisco

Address: 540 Howard St 1st floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States

Website: Temple Nightclub San Francisco

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10. Keep yourself entertained at The San Francisco Dungeon

The San Francisco Dungeon
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Take a trip down to the historical past through an hour-long show at The San Francisco Dungeon. Each show is curated with amazing special effects, a 360-degree set, and enacted by extremely talented actors. You have to take a trip through the dungeon, where you are to be guided by extremely professional actors. Some of these rides are The Descent, Gold Rush Greed, Lost Mines of Sutter’s Mill, Streets of San Francisco, The Court of San Francisco, The Ghosts of Alcatraz, Chinatown Plague. There are no supernatural characters present, just the real-life San Francisco characters will take you through the dark past.

The San Francisco Dungeon

Address: 145 Jefferson St Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94133, United States

Website: The San Francisco Dungeon

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Meet San Francisco after sundown

After sundown, another world reopens in the heart of San Francisco. There are lots of choices for things you can do in the evenings or nights, especially if you are an adult. Take a cruise to appreciate the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, enjoy a stunning view of Golden Gate Bridge, or dance till dawn, you will never run out of choices.

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