15 Things to Do to Truly Experience San Francisco Nightlife

Experience the blood pumping nightlife that SF has to offer

By Sophia R
15 Things to Do to Truly Experience San Francisco Nightlife

Besides Going to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

There is no doubt that there is so much to see and do in San Francisco that visitors and residents alike could spend weeks exploring without actually seeing or doing it all. But what about the activities after the Californian sunset? San Francisco has a nightlife to match its variety of daytime attractions. If you're looking to explore the city by the bay at night, head to one of these San Francisco neighborhoods.

The nightlife in San Francisco must be one of the most interesting in the entire United States. In different neighborhoods, it is possible to find places to have a great time together with your travel companions. It is almost impossible to get bored here. There are places for all tastes: bars, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and much more.

You can dance to the rhythm of rock in slums or slide down the dance floor in elegant nightclubs, the famous liberal and relaxed attitude of San Francisco makes it one of the best destinations in the world for nightlife. With an international circuit of nightclubs and famous DJs, retro nightclubs and nighttime cultural attractions, you have a wide range of things to do at night in San Francisco. Want to know more about it? Keep reading!

15 Things to Do to Truly Experience San Francisco Nightlife

Dance Clubs

1. Time travel at a skate club

Feeling a little risky and wanting a different kind of party night? Head into The Church of 8 Wheels and glide- dance down the rink with your skates, like in a scene from some teen movie from the 70s. The Church of 8 Wheels, which is named this way because it is located inside an old church, is an Authentic skating club with no short pants, knee-high socks, and bell bottoms. You can rent skates and hit the rink to practice your movements. One of the most different and fun experiences among things to do at night in San Francisco. You will have tons of fun!

2. Go to a different underground party


Our next recommendation for you is Public Works nightclub in the Mission District of San Francisco. They have created their fame and buzz by going with their motto: “giving people what they want.” which is what actually makes this club so great and enjoyable for everyone. With an industrial-style interior that cultivates a raw atmosphere, the underground club has events that range from disco to punk to yoga night. There is literally something for everyone. ) Public Works has morphed into a place where any crowd of people can get together, let loose and have fun. They even support the community by hosting local shows and artists. Come on, it can get better than this!

3. Visit a San Francisco classic


If you are in San Francisco and you are a party animal, there is no way in hell you can miss out on visiting the iconic DNA Lounge. It is a staple in San Francisco’s nightlife scene, having outlasted most clubs in the city. This club, which has been open for three decades, is known for its out-there entertainment including costumed burlesque shows and electronic dance parties. It’s common to see crowds of people sporting fantastic outfits and costumes on the dance floor. Its massive size is what also makes it so great,  having two stages, four dance floors, seven bars and even a late-night pizza parlor, designed to accommodate any step of a night-out adventure. Can you even ask for more than this? Its like party heaven! 

4. Have a disco night


This one here is for my 80s babies, cause every night is ’80s night at Double Dutch. This is the 80s themed nightclub known for blaring golden age hip-hop songs for the whole night, which we absolutely love, right? Located in the Mission District, it has been one of San Fran's most popular clubs for years, and it is also a common go-to spot for college-aged partiers. As a result, the place gets rowdy. For those itching for a sweaty dance floor, inexpensive drinks and a place to meet new people in between bar-hopping, Double Dutch has got it covered. Too much fun!

5. See a Drag Show


Our next recommendation is for the ones that love a great show-party night. Located in a former bathhouse, Oasis is home to outlandish comedy shows and great parties. Opened in 2015 by two drag legends, D'Arcy Drollinger and Heklina, the club hosts the best drag parties in the city hands down. Located in the SoMa district, the club features reserved seating options before each show, and also allows private parties and events with advance notice. You will get only the best mix of live entertainment and dancing you can ever get. Thank us after going!

Hip Hop Bars

6. Etiquette Lounge


If you are looking for a night out filled with cool drinks, hip-hop, R&B, and most importantly, lots of fun, the place you should go to is Etiquette Lounge without a doubt. It is one of the best Hip Hop Bars in San Francisco, and what you will love the most is it is active and fun but not overcrowded and impossible to be or dance in. 

7. Milk

Another great hip hop bar you are just going to love is Milk Bar. You are going to have such a fun time here, dancing and singing to only the best hip-hop you love so much. What is also great about this bar is that they host different events and shows during the week, which will also make it more suitable for everyone. Definitely check it out! 


8. Double Dutch

Double Dutch Bar is a great option for those who are looking for a more chill kind of night without sacrificing the good hip hop music. It is also very cheap and casual, which can make it even more attractive for those nights you just want a few casual drinks and great music. You must visit it!


9. Slate

This next one is an option that is known for its great hip-hop nights but has a whole bunch of other sources of entertainment. It also offers pool, DJ shows, dance karaoke. Basically, you will have so much fun here with all the different activities you can do there. It is just so worth the visit!


10. Raven Bar

Raven Bar is all about throwback R&B, Hip Hop, Pop. They host amazing DJs that are all about that great old music we all used to dance to before. Seriously, there is nowhere else you are going to dance so much. If sweaty nights are what you love this is just the right place for you. 


Adult Entertainment Clubs

11. New Century Theater

The first recommendation we got for you about adult entertainment is New Century Theater, San Francisco's top strip club. It is a fully-nude strip club open seven days a week, offering upscale nude adult entertainment in a classy, laidback setting. Their club also offers fully-nude private rooms, sexy themed rooms, and VIP rooms where you can have the ultimate adult entertainment experience. If this is what you are looking for, it is the best place you can go to in San Fran.

New Century Theater

12. Garden of Eden

In the heart of North Beach, San Francisco is Garden of Eden, or as they call it, where sin begins! 
Whether you’re stopping in for a fun night on the town or you have planned your bachelor or bachelorette party in this location, you are going to absolutely love this place! They have the most gorgeous entertainers and the best live adult entertainment, and private VIP rooms in the city. You can also make reservations to make your night even better. Write this one down cause just us, you don't want to miss it!

Garden of Eden

13. Club Kiss

Club Kiss changes the rules about what a party can be. It hosts unique events that will make you grateful that you have visited San Francisco. What makes it so different is that it is usually frequented by single women or couples that are looking for some adult action. So, if you are one of these, this is the perfect place for you. You can play on their stripper pole, hang out at their Tiki bar, or get as naughty as you dare in their private (and public) play areas. There is something for everyone in Kiss Club!

Club KISS - SF Bay Area Private Lifestyle Swingers Club

14. Gold Club

This San Fran Adult club has been featured by Forbes as one of the bests in adult entertainment in this city. With their very famous topless shows, the Gold Club is a great option for you out there who are looking for a great adult night. It is even better if you book a VIP table for the night, so check that out!

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15. Roaring 20's

Roaring 20's is another amazing adult club in the city of San Francisco. What is also great about it is you can book your bachelor, bachelorette or birthday party in this venue. They also offer lap dance specials and more almost every day of the week with different event specials in some days. It is definitely worth checking out!

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After reading this article, we are sure that you must be dying to visit the amazing city of San Francisco, at least we are. Now you know were your next trip can be! Start saving up and planning for the best vacations you will ever have!