SOMA District, San Francisco
Join Affinity Nightlife & GenesisSF every FIRST Saturday of the month at TABU Lounge.
540 4th ST. (cross street is Bryant ST.)
San Francisco, CA 94107
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guestlist is free before 11:00pm
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or by emailing Crystle
Dress Code: dress to impress; no hats; no white t-shirts; no tennis shoes; no baggy jeans; no timberlands
My favorite Top View bar and lounge occupies the entire 39th floor of San Francisco Mariott and consists of two large rooms, each stuffed with chairs and tables strategically placed in view-friendly spots. There's a piano for live jazz and a gigantic, semicircular, jukebox-shaped window in each room offering views over the Bay Bridge (to the east), and Twin Peaks and City Hall (to the west). Specialty cocktails include the Raspberry Cookie--Vox raspberry vodka, Jägermeister, butterscotch schnapps, Bailey's and Goldschlager. There's a different guest singer each night, so you'll get covers of everything from Alicia Keys to Diana Krall so If your out on a date, this is also a good place due to the Live Songs, Spectacular Night Views of the Bay and Romantic Ambiance!
Opened in 1989, what it lacks in internal character is more than compensated for by its truly unique views of SF. The View is also an ideal place to finish off a night of drinking in the Embarcadero, Financial District or SoMa or after a night of movie watching at Metreon.
It is also just a 5 minute walk to Market St. if you want to take the BART or Muni since parking in Downtown is Murderous! every two hours costs $4, with a $20 maximum.
Dress Code: Smart Casual will be fine.
If paying by credit card, please add 10 to 15% gratuity to your server via the credit card paper charge sheet.
Beers starts at $ 8.00 a bottle (There are 14 bottled beers available--a wealth of the usual suspects, plus Pyramid Hefeweizen and Chimay), Cocktails at $ 10.
Opens: Mon-Thu 4pm-12pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-1am
Flirtation, fun, and a very attractive staff await at this somewhat mellow, narrow bar in the popular night crawler area around 11th and Folsom streets . Swathed in burgundy and black with exposed cinderblock walls and cement floors, all's aglow a la candlelight and red-shaded sconces. With a bar in the front, DJ spinning upbeat lounge music in the back, and seating -- including cushy leather couches -- in between, it's often packed with a surprisingly diverse (albeit youthful) crowd and ever filled with eye candy.
Wish is a simple yet sophisticated bar in the 11th and Folsom area. It's classier than the Holy Cow next door and mellower than Sushi Groove across the street. The space is painted in burgundy and black tones to complement the exposed cinderblock walls and cement floors, which creates an unexpected classy ambience further enhanced by the intimate glow of candles and red lampshades. The room is set up like a railroad flat. A long bar flanks the entrance at one end and a DJ set-up at the other. In between, the bar stretches down one side and the other is lined with a long bench and tables and chairs. Wish is frequently jam-packed from Thursday through Saturday night with post-work and pre-club partiers; happy hours, from 5PM to 8PM daily.
Ever wonder what happened to the rave scene? Well, at least some of those party people grew up and are hanging out at places like Wish. They dress a little nicer and drink fancier cocktails but they still love to dance to great house music. See for yourself here at the hub of SOMA nightlife. The location and naked concrete ambiance give the place an industrial mood, but velvet curtains, wine-colored walls and huge mirrors make it more of a pimped loft than the underground basement parties of yesteryear. At primetime, the place is packed with an unpretentiously hip crowd of good-looking twenty- and thirty-somethings. On more subdued nights, there's lots of space at leather booths to munch free popcorn while sipping whiskey and groovin' to the universally talented DJs.
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Hours: Mon-Fri 5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Sat 7:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
No Cover Charge
Wish Bar is an Optimistically-named lounge bar on Folsom (Beware since folsom also houses a red light district! where you can see a variety of sex shops, the other red ligh district is in chinatown and areas of geary and o' farell streets) with more than a touch of San Francisco colour in its clientele. The plush up-market lounge area is lit in a deep red glow and has fine leather couches to recline on that suggest a certain patrician class rather then posiness. Yet the clientele cannot be boxed in either way: a happy mix of suits, gays, straights, clubbers, trendies and down home regulars, who come for the reasonably-priced beers and fine cocktails because service is friendly and spot on. Staff will carry large drinks to your tables and add a little extra shot of rum in your Caiparinha if you tip them well. Happy hour is really happy three hours (5-8pm) and the crowd are as friendly and laid back as the staff.
What to Drink: A specialty cocktail--like the sugar-rimmed "77" with champagne and Chambord, or the tasty rum-based Black Apple at $8. Happy-hour specials (weekdays, 5pm-8pm) include $3 wells, $2 beers and a $1 off specialty drinks.
Nova is a comfy little bar in SOMA just a few blocks from AT&T Park. We stopped in around 12:30am after the game and a few drinks down the street at Tres Agave. We grabbed the big oval table in the very back next to the restrooms and had a few rounds of beer before leaving just a little after 1am. Most drinks were around $5 each.
The bar/restaurant is in a long, narrow building and dominated by a bar on one side that runs the entire length, and a single row of tables down the wall on the other side. Maybe a little trendy, but not over the top. They also have food, but we were a little late for dinner.
Dress Code: Maybe work clothes in the afternoon, pretty casual at night.
After a great game at AT&T Park in which the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Giants 8-7, we stopped at Tres Agave on our way back to Union Square. The bar was packed around 10pm on a Friday night, but there were numerous tables available, even for our big group of six. We figured they specialized in tequila, but I was impressed by their significant tequila and margarita menu that included margarita pitchers ranging from around $20 to $80 and single shots of tequila from about $8 to $20 each.
We spent about an hour here (since they closed at 11pm even on Fridays) and had two pitchers of margaritas (four glasses each), three shots of mid-range tequila, and perhaps three beers for around $100 before tip... not bad for a pretty trendy and popular place. The service was excellent and our glasses were seldom empty.
Tres Agave also has food which get relatively low reviews at Yelp!. I guess you can't have it all!
Was directed here by a waiter in the restaurant we were dining and I'm not quite sure how to categorize this nightclub.
It's housed in an old brick building, so it has that industrial throwback feel. The club probably can fit 80 people or so, long and narrow with the bar at the back and DJ booth on the 2nd floor.
The club is dark and they project a movie above the entrance door (when I was there it was office space) and the music played is Euro electronic / lounge music.
It gets pretty lively as it got later in the night with young professional and grad students type
Cause it's in the Phoenix hotel on Saturdays the party starts in the daytime around the pool and moves into the nightclub in the evening.
It's also a good place to go on its own, pool party or no pool party. The decor is very modern and the crowd is sharp.
The Dj's are always on the mark playing the finest house, funky house, and hip-hop.
Dress Code: Sharp
An upmarket bar populated by a slightly older crowd - late 20s, early 30s. Downstairs is a well-lit circular bar, with food available. Upstairs the lighting's turned low and the counter glows green. Go there on Friday or Saturday before heading out to a club.
Dress Code: Smart casual.