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The deal with this place is that the now dead owner of the place was nuts and EVERYONE in the city has a story. First things first: it was hardly open, and I mean like maybe 20 hours a month. Next important issue: he threw out 99% of the poor souls who were in need of drink. He ONLY served Martini’s you see, even though there was a full bar. And if you dared ask what kind, or can I have a beer, you were screamed at to leave right away.
In 12 years I have been to Zam Zams only one time before this year. And here is why:
My pal and I walked in and sat down at the bar. I was warned that I should ONLY order a Martini. So I, as nicely as I could, said: “What kind of martinis do you have?” To that I was told to GET OUT!
I plan on doing a short film on this place, with short interviews. Because even standing out side smoking a cigarette, you can hear people as they walk by going: “Of my god, that’s the place with that crazy guy! I can’t believe its open!” However, they don’t know it’s under new management, so they dare not go in.
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Dress Code: “The Draw”
Stepping into the Zam Zam is essentially stepping into the Casbar, circa World War II. Minarets, gothic windows and a resplendent Persian painting behind the bar makes the place seem like something that Lawrence of Arabia would stumble into after riding his camel all day. The beautiful wooden semi-circular bar hearkens back to the 1930s and is stocked with fine liquor, while the jukebox (filled with Frank, Ella, Louis and their ilk) plays nothing after 1955.” A classic review off the web, but it’s exactly true.
If you're looking for fun things to do and you like dance music, visit www.nitevibe.com this website lists all the happening parties Tues-Sun. It's updated on Tuesday and it's a great resource for in and out of towners.
There sometimes seems to be more club listing papers than there are actual clubs, but here are the tried and true ones...
BAY GUARDIAN - The "establishment alternative paper" has been around since the 70's and is geared toward an older, more PC audience. Has news and progressive editorials, but also lots of club listings.
SF WEEKLY - the SF weekly WAS a great paper - formerly the SF Calendar, it was a real voice of alternative SF. Then they sold out to a newspaper group specializing in cookie cutter "alternative" weeklies, and now it's basically a yuppie rag. The dot-commers loved it - full of smug, self-important, "we're so hip and rich and cool" righteousness. It caters to young, arrogant yuppies "slumming." We used to call them "Reagan Youth." Anyway, the plus side is you will find much more listings for trendier, dance-y type stuff.
PINK SECTION (Sunday SF Chronicle) - Known mainly for it's movie reviews, it's great for those looking for more conventional entertainment like symphonies, art openings, larger rock concerts, Broadway-style shows and the like. Don't expect much in the way of club listings here.
FLYERS ON TELEPHONE POLES - These are the best way to find out about local shows. They will mainly be put up by local musicians, not very far in advance, and you'll see a real city crowd.
until i sit down and add in individual watering holes and clubs, sfstation is a great website. usually the places i go are on here anyway...
Dress Code: varies from tennis shoes and sweatshirts to leather to pimp-daddy-gear.
Nice and cultured, all the nightspots...very enjoyable. Good meals as well as refreshment, but please don't drink and drive, I think that's the worse thing you can do in S.F. America.
Dress Code: Anytime you go out I hope you do dress up, this is a very chic place you want to make a good impression.
Although SF has great offering for nightlife, don't be fooled. Berkeley is where all students are. Therefore, that's where the real party is.
Raleigh's is a great place for eating, drinking chatting, meeting people and watching Berkeley come alive.
It has an awesome patio with palm trees, a little fountain (nothing cheezy) and friendly tables.
They have a great variety of beers and the staff is really nice!
Dress Code: nothing of this sort- hey, we're in Berkeley!
When it comes to night life in S.F. and the Bay Area, there is no shortage of things to do. there is literally something for everyone. from the simple bars, to live music venues, dancing, and raves, S.F. has variety. Now here's where I become conflicted. If I publicly post all my favorite secret night spots, then they will become over crowded. So here's how it's gonna work, if you are coming to S.F. and you are brave enough to contact me through this site, I'll tell you about the cool night spots. Otherewise I recomend you pick up one of the these two free newspapers : The Gaurdian and SF Weekly. Both list a wide variety of nightly activites. Both of these publications are free, and can be found on any street corner or coffee shop.
Dress Code: When going to a S.F. rave, don't forget your Bindhi! Namaste!
So much to do.. You must must must check out the local Music Scene.. The best thing to do is to pick up this free paper called 'SF Weekly', you can usually find it near all paper stalls.. it's free and lists all activities for the entire month from music to theater to movies to plays to comedy and more.... That's what we locals do:)
everything is unique about SF:)
Dress Code: depends on where you go but most places will take casual dress code.. except the 'really pricey' ones.. but.. even those allow you to walk in jeans:) they know many Dot Bomb millioners like to come in shorts:)
There are too many places to mention and they cater to all types of people, from tourists, to yuppies, to hippies and gays and lesbians. I cannot recommend a favorite because after walking all the hills of San Francisco, I was content to go back to the hotel every night and sleep. However, if you are planning a nightlife excursion, check out the city scene and convention and tourist web sites. Both can be linked at www.ci.sfca.us/infovis.htm. These sites also have reviews of restaurants, shows, and you can find a hotel room at a discount price.
Pick up a free publication of SF Weekly or the Guardian. They have listings of nightclubs, bars and other activities for the whole week.
The picture below was taken at Trader Sam's located in Richmond (26th Avenue? and Geary) This small bar has Polynesian setting and plays great cheesy flashback songs. Their Scorpion drink pictured is concocted for for six people!