Nightclubs and bars in San Francisco

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    Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center: Grand Ballroom

    by mindcrime Updated Sep 4, 2013

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    Many concerts take place here, Regency Center is housed in a beautiful building (pic 2) but the concert hall was nice too, although it was kind of weird for a metal concert. We went there to see STRATOVARIUS, a power metal band from Finland, very popular in 90s especially in Europe. It seems they are not so popular here anyway and the place was almost empty.

    There was a support band, IMAGICA (pic 3) but we preferred to spend some time in the second room where was the merchandise about the bands (we bought a tshirt for $25) and you can also buy beers ($6-7), hot dogs($4) etc

    We have ordered our tickets online before our arrival in SF and we just showed our passports at the entrance. For some strange reason the security guard didn’t allow my wife to bring inside her cheawing gums!!! We thought it was because they want to protect the nice wooden floor but then we saw that they were selling cheawing gums inside!!!

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    WARFIELD: rock club

    by mindcrime Updated Sep 4, 2013

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    We had a great rock n roll night at Warfield. We ordered our tickets for the show some weeks before and we just show our passport and credit card on the door and they gave us our tickets. The club was packed (probably sold out) but you could easily see the band from many spots with no problem.

    We drunk some beers ($6-7) while we listened to the support bands Nashville Pussy(pic 2) and Reverend Horton Heat(pic 3).
    Warfield is an old theater turned into a club. Of course the reason we came here was MOTORHEAD(pic 1), they gave a great show, with all the classics but also they played an acoustic song at the encore.

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    Rickhouse: Mixology

    by ceciliaakacece Written Jun 19, 2013

    Rickhouse is a great 'mixology' bar in SF. If you are looking for a unique drink experience this would be the place. No loud music just good drinks and friends. Love the decor and lighting, the bar staff looks so legit. Love this place and the punch bowls! Very happy I now live near their sister bar in San Diego!

    Dress Code: I would say dress nice, nothing too casual. Dress for the atmosphere, cool, hipster and chill.

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    Voda Vodka Lounge - Belden Place near Union Square

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 3, 2012

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    Voda is a tiny club on busy Belden Place. They specialize in Vodka, and they have a huge variety available by the glass or bottle. The small, pink-themed dance floor has loud music and a DJ nightly from about 10pm until 2am. Of course the music is so loud you really can't talk, and there are just a few tables. My favorite feature is the stripper pole in the back for funky drunk girls to act like exotic dancers.

    Not my kind of place, but it seems to be pretty popular. At least the service was good early in the evening and the beer I had was relatively cheap at around $4.25 (hey, I'm not a vodka drinker).

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    Zeke's Sports Bar - near AT&T Park

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 3, 2012

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    After spending most of the first period of the Stanly Cup final game 1 at Knuckles near Fishermans Wharf, watching a small screen with no volume (for the Stanly Cup final!), we started calling all the sports bars in town... thank god for Blackberries. As it turns out, very few bars in this hockey-hating town had the hockey game on with volume. Finally we called one of our last options: Zeke's sports bar near AT&T Park. The bartender said she was showing the game on their biggest TV, and the sound was on... I must've sounded incredulous when I made her repeat the fact that the game was playing with volume! So we paid up at the other sports bar and jumped in a cab for the $10 ride across town.

    When we arrived at AT&T Park we didn't know where the bar was, so we starting wandering looking for it, which only took a few minutes. Upon arriving we found about 15 people intently watching the game, a mix of both Red Wings and Penguins fans, and the bar seats were full. We grabbed a seat way in the back by the restrooms right in front of their biggest TV with volume!

    While there were enjoyed good service, relatively cheap beers, and an order of average hot wings. The other people at the bar were well-behaved and generally seemed to be knowledgeable sports fans. The poor waitress was so busy, she seemed to be bartender, waitress, and cook all in one, but service was still more than acceptable.

    Zeke's is a relatively small and old hole-in-the-wall neighborhood sports bar, but it has a great location a few blocks from AT&T Park on Third Street, and about 20 TVs strategically placed at the bar and above almost every table. The food is average at best, but hey, it's decent greasy bar food in a decent greasy bar... you might want to try their sampling of Asian dishes for a change. In their respective seasons, Zeke's is a gathering spot for fans of University of Kentucky football, Cleveland Browns, Ohio State football, and the Green Bay Packers, not to mention the San Francisco Giants.

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    Trannyshack @ the Stud: This isn't Kansas, Toto ...(you little sh# t ... )

    by davequ Updated Jun 19, 2011

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    It's over for Trannyshack - here's the SFChronicle TRIBUTE

    so nowadays in 2011 what's left of the Shack has transferred to occasional appearances at the DNA LOUNGE
    My old T-Shack tip belowMost of the fun or interesting SF nightspots
    from (Plush Room is CLOSED) to AsiaSF have already been done to death and done well on VT:

    So try this place...The Trannyshack is actually an event that happens every Tuesday night at the Stud Bar.

    I have always pretended to be a
    connoisseur of drag shows & cabarets
    but this place (on this particular night anyway) took the cake.

    First time I went was Tues. June 24, 2003.

    Little did I know it was Gay Pride Week in SF, and a special night @ the Shack.

    Heklina (your gracious host) had flown in the infamous, legendary, beautiful, & my alltime favorite Lady Bunny for a 1-night engagement ...(which was the reason I went there in the first place)

    To say the place was packed would be an understatement. But everyone there was extremely kind, treated me very well, and Bunny's show was outstanding & hilarious.

    I had forgotten how theraputic full-bodied laughter can be.



    Incredibly raunchy;
    completely tasteless;
    highly recommended.



    Take a cab, it's in a slightly hairy part of town.

    WARNING: Heklina can be very salty both in person and at the website.

    Do not sit with grandma and click recklessly on the heklina/Trannyshack weblink below: you never know what is going to pop up (n.p.i.).
    Trannyshack

    Show time is midnight, and cover charge is $7

    PHOTO CREDIT:
    This photo by the Reverend was taken at the actual show I attended 6/'03. That's Heklina on the left, and venerable Lady Bunny on the right.
    THANK YOU REV!! (Rev's website appears to be gone)

    For millions of Trannyshack fotos - ( if you are over 18, have a yahoo/flickr account, and you are currently logged in ) you can click below:
    (Warning: don't be cruisin' Heklina's flickr pages @ work)

    Heklina's 'Shacksnaps

    NOTE - all good things must end. August, 23 2008 - TRANNYSHACK FAREWELL BONANZA!
    Trannyshack will cease to exist as a weekly night event, with founder Heklina concentrating on bigger, special events.

    Those needing a weekly SF Tranny"fix" can try catching Midnight Mass @ the Bridge theater (Geary & Blake) with Peaches Christ

    or goto Aunt Charlie's

    Dress Code: ....... Oh, very funny.....



    This tip is posted in honor and memory of the greatest actor / "gender illusionist" of all time:

    Charles Pierce

    Here is a great Charles Pierce tribute site:
    In Memory of Charles Pierce

    my favorite & I think the funniest CPierce "bit" in the tip below.....

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    Charles Pierce: In memory of

    by davequ Updated Jun 17, 2011

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    In memory of the greatest actor-illusionist of all time, Charles Pierce, who imho did the best "Bette Davis" ever in long gone places like Finocchio's and the Fairmont Hotel.


    "Blaaannnnche...... ya' didn't eat yer din-din.....
    ........so someone ELSE... is gonna' eat yer christmas puddin!!! "


    Charles Pierce (1926 - 1999)

    Check website below for some Charles Pierce / San Francisco history.

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    jAZZ at Pearl's: "Free" music in North Beach - CLOSED

    by davequ Updated May 18, 2011

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    aannnddd another one bites the dust. Closed. Here's the gory details

    According to "Northside San Francisco ©" - "These days there is still jazz in North Beach: Joey and Eddie’s, the Washington Square Bar and Grill, and a few other restaurants and clubs feature jazz, much of it exemplary."

    but this little 'gem' (Pearl's) will be missed. Thank you Madame Kim Nalley for trying, and for everything.
    I'm keeping the old tip below for personal nostalgia.

    _____________________________________________

    It's not really free. Jazz at Pearl's is a nice club with good music.

    The reason I say "free" is I walk by here all the time, and the night I took this picture they had the big windows wide open. We could stand on the sidewalk only about 10 feet from the stage, closer than many of the tables in the club.

    I shot this pic of the band thru the open window.

    The band that night, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, were very good (bigtime good) and people were boppin' on the sidewalk & really enjoying the music (awfully generous of the club to do that: in itself imho it's reason enough to go there)

    If I get a chance to go back I'll pay the cover and go inside as it looked like a fun club and the website shows some good acts on the upcoming calendar. Some good paintings on the wall too.

    Dinner & show packages, looks like a good club, and I really enjoyed the extended peek I had.

    Dress Code: Your non-slob jazz club duds. It looks like a "class" place to me
    (yeah, like I would know class if I saw it....)

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    5A5 Steak Lounge: Number 1 Steak House Cum Lounge in San Francisco

    by machomikemd Written May 14, 2011

    Part two of my 5A5 Steak Lounge, the lounge part tips

    the 5A5 steak lounge is a combination of a steakhouse and lounge and is voted the number ONE steakhouse in San Francisco! this tip will be on the Bar/ Lounge Part and a separate Tip for the Steak part ok.

    Dress Code: Dress Code: Smart Casual, no jeans or flip flops allowed

    Dinner
    mon-thu: 5:30-10pm
    friday: 5:30-10:30pm
    sat-sun: 5:30-9pm
    Lounge
    sun-thu: 5p-11pm
    friday: 5p-midnight
    saturday: 5p-2am

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    5A5 Steak Lounge: Hip and Cool Steakhouse and Lounge (part 1)

    by machomikemd Written May 14, 2011

    the 5A5 steak lounge is a combination of a steakhouse and lounge and is voted the number ONE steakhouse in San Francisco! this tip will be on the Bar/ Lounge Part and a separate Tip for the Steak part ok.

    Dress Code: Smart Casual, no jeans or flip flops allowed

    Dinner
    mon-thu: 5:30-10pm
    friday: 5:30-10:30pm
    sat-sun: 5:30-9pm
    Lounge
    sun-thu: 5p-11pm
    friday: 5p-midnight
    saturday: 5p-2am

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    The Purple Onion: Has it all!

    by krissyM Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Purple Onion is a cross between Comedy Club, Nightclub and live music venue. The setting is very intimate. All tables can see the stage clearly. The decor is vintage and I think the place has a lot of charm.

    Open since the 1950s, the Onion has hosted such diverse acts as; Phyllis Diller, the Kingston Trio, the Smothers Brothers, Barbra Streisand, and more recently; The Phantom Surfers, Untamed Youth, The Count Backwurds, The High Fives, Orbit & the Purple Knifs, Fortune & Maltese, The Loons, The Saturn V, and The Makers.

    In 2004, the club reopened under new management as a comedy club. On the weekends there is improv. Serves beer and wine only.

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    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Great Performances!

    by atufft Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater is the venue for San Francisco Performances Dance Series. The 755-seat theater is located at the Center for Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens on Third Street, between Mission and Howard Streets. The center is just a short walk from the Powell or Montgomery BART/Muni stations, and there's a parking garage nearby. The Moscone Convention Center is right across the street. This is an excellent theater showcasing international acts but with an intimate venue. We usually purchase tickets on-line for one of the internationally acclaimed modern dance performances, such as the recent Compania Nacional de Danza, a multi-national troupe of modern dancers based in Spain. Since these shows are often sold-out, those staying in the city should plan for this in advance. Program descriptions, seat selection, and ticket purchase is easy at the website, the link for which is below. I recommend arriving and having the daytime open for other activities, then treat yourself to this at night. There are matinee performances too for some acts, however. San Francisco Performances also has world-class classical, jazz, and ethnic musical acts at the Herbst Theater, among other venues.

    Dress Code: Informal is OK, but a lot of people choose to dress up. Don't wear shorts and a T-shirt, that's for sure. I usually wear a brown leather jacket and decent slacks.

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  • The Jade Bar: A chill bar to hang out at

    by RblWthACoz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Jade Bar is a small bar that is good to relax at and just have some drinks. There are three small levels and the bottom level is subterranean and has a waterfall of sorts on one side. The place is clean and well set up. If you just want to have some drinks and relax and not put up with any dive bar junk or nightclub insanity, it's a good choice.

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    Starlight Lounge: Top of the World Nightclub

    by Safaristars Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Harry Denton's Starlight Room is located at the top of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, north of Union Square, downtown San Francisco. It offers incredible 21st floor 180 degree views of the city in a 1930's style glamorous nightclub atmosphere with high-back booths, crystal chandeliers, and other elegant furnishings. The Starlight Orchestra plays Tues, Thurs, Fri, and Sat evenings offering a wide variety of music to dance to ~ from jazz to Motown to comtemporary funk. Many celebrities have been seen here ~ it's a classy place to unwind.

    Dress Code: I was there in the afternoon the first time and we were allowed inside wearing jeans and t-shirts. A year later we arrived in the evening wearing jeans and nothing was said to us. We decided not to pay the $5 cover charge and go in because it appeared to be standing room only and very noisy. We were there on a Thursday evening that time. Both times I must admit I did feel underdressed. It's a very nice place.

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    Frisson: Where the beautiful people hang out

    by rmdw Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I was taken to this fabulous place by some locals. It's the kind of cool bar/restaurant you'd see in a movie. There were more than a few women who were likely models in San Francisco.

    As should be expected at such a place, drinks & food aren't cheap. Martinis and more "exotic" drinks start around $7.00.

    But it's a neat place to go for a few drinks and enjoy the finest that SF has to offer!

    Dress Code: The fancier the better! :-)

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