1. Johnny Foley´s
243 O’Farrell Street,(415) 954-0777 www.johnnyfoley.com
2. Harry Denton´s Starlight RoomLocated on the 21st floor of the historic Sir Francis Drake Hotel, the Starlight Room is a classy cocktail lounge with awesome views of the San Francisco downtown skyline. The small dance floor heats up Tuesday through Saturday thanks to a live DJ and the special drag show Sunday brunch is a San Francisco institution in and of itself. The menu features cocktails organized by the decade in which they were introduced and the hostesses, who are dressed in sheer black evening gowns, add elegance to the night. Reservations recommended. Check out our exclusive list of Swanky Cocktail Lounges for more upscale nightlife options in San Francisco.
450 Powell Street, 415 395-8595 www.harrydenton.com
3. Ruby SkyeLocated just a block west of Union Square, Ruby Skye is a massive dance club that features local and international techno, house and electronica DJs Wednesday through Saturday nights. There is always a cover and usually a line but, with two levels and four dance rooms plus several VIP areas, this is the place to see and be seen in the Union Square area.
420 Mason Street, (415)693-0777 www.rubyskye.com
4. The High Tide
600 Geary St. (415) 771-3145
5. The Redwood RoomLocated inside of the historic Clift Hotel, the Redwood Room is a stylish art deco lounge that features oversized couches, rich redwood wall paneling, digital artwork and a blazing fireplace. This iconic bar also tops our list of must-see Classic San Francisco Bars and attracts a well dressed clientele consisting of after work regulars and international business travelers. Latin-Asian fusion cuisine is served until late.
495 Geary St. (415) 929-2372 www.clifthotel.com
561 Geary St. (415) 931-7292 www.swigbar.com
7. Tunnel TopWalking into the bar at street level only to find yourself three stories up over the rushing traffic of Stockton Street below as it enters the tunnel to Chinatown is only one of the pleasures of the Tunnel Top bar. A great happy hour, DJs on weekend nights, and a very local and casual scene will appeal to those who want to get away from the chaos of downtown San Francisco and hide out for a bit.
601 Bush St. (415) 722-6620