So it’s 2 am and you’ve just been kicked out of your favorite bar or music venue, but you’re just not ready to go back home. What now? Fortunately for you, San Francisco has a handful of sweet spots for all of you insomniacs and non-stop party animals.
MetroWize is here to the rescue with our guide to the best after-hour activities in the city. From twilight nightclubs to early morning eateries, we’ve got the ultimate list of San Francisco’s late late late night hideaways. Stay up and watch the sunrise – too tired? You can sleep when you’re dead.
1015 Folsom Street
1015 hosts some of the most epic ragers in San Francisco – from Low End Theory to Pura, you can find whatever type of party scene you’re into. 1015 keeps its doors open til 4 am, with the music blasting right until closing time. The multiple rooms and various bars in the venue make 1015 one of our favorite after hours hotspots.
420 Mason Stree
If you live in San Francisco and have never been to Ruby Skye, then get out from under that rock and go live it up! Ruby Skye brings some of the biggest names in electronic music to the heart of San Francisco, and keeps the party rockin till 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
119 Utah Street
Mighty has dope music, a dope sound system and a dope crowd. Great for electronic music, hip hop, art shows and more, Mighty is a less mainstream nightlife destination for those hoping to find something a little different in their party excursions. From Thursday to Saturday, Mighty stays open til 4 am – and don’t even think about leaving early!
161 Erie Street
Get dressed in your hippest hipster gear and don't forget your party hat. With two floors, a booming sound system, full bar, and light + video projections, Public Works in the Mission is known for its off the wall parties and music events. On Fridays and Saturdays, Public Works stays open til 4 am, giving you 2 extra hours to get your groove on.
314 11th Street
Beatbox is open late every Friday and Saturday - the venue hosts tons of sweet DJ events, gay nights and parties that typically go until 4 am or later. You won't hear much Top 40s music, as Beatbox is a choice spot for laid back and underground dance parties with a similar vibe to Mighty and Public Works. Ask the bartender for a flamethrower shot if you're brave.
540 Howard St
Go to Temple's spacious nightclub for a drink, a laugh, a dance party or any kind of late night debauchery you can think of. Open til 4 am Thursday thru Saturday, Temple takes the party deep into the night with signature dubstep parties, house and Top 40 dance events and much more!
401 6th St
True to its name, The EndUp in SOMA is the perfect place to finish up your night. Open past 4 am, the EndUp offers dancing and up-tempo music to keep your pulse racing long into the night. Stop by for one of the weekly party nights from Thursday and Sunday for special guest DJs and drink specials!
550 Barneveld Avenue
If you’re near Bernal Heights in the middle of the night and you’re looking to get your party on, head to Space 550. While the cover charge can be steep, the venue helps make up for the expense with three large dance floors, state of the art sound and light systems and ample free parking.
Sparky’s 24 Hour Diner
242 Church St.
If you’ve been partying in the Castro and you need some greasy food to soak up a night’s worth of alcohol, head on over to Sparky’s 24 Hour Diner for some quick, cheap eats. Although Sparky’s specializes in pizza, they also have plenty of other drunk food – french fries, milkshakes, burgers and more.
3991 17th Street
Orphan Andy’s is a late night favorite among San Francisco late-nighters. Between their chicken fried steak and the chocolate chip banana pancakes, you can’t go wrong. Watch out for the rowdy 2 am crowd, as it can be tough to get a seat during the nightly rush of belligerent drunks and party-animals.
All Star Donuts
399 5th Street
All Star Donuts offers hot and fresh donuts at all hours of the night. But that’s not all – head to All Star for all kinds of fried delicacies including fried chicken and fish n chips. With a central location in the SOMA and tons of sweet n greasy treats on the menu, All Star Donuts is a late night eater’s dream.
Naan N’ Curry
336 O'Farrell St
Nothing is quite like eating spicy Indian food at 3 am. Take a seat at Naan N’ Curry after a night on the town for some hot and flavorful butter chicken, tiki masala or palak paneer. With a large selection of authentic Indian dishes, reasonable prices and doors that stay open til 4 am, how can we complain?
Lucky Penny Restaurant
2670 Geary Blvd
Lucky Penny Restaurant is your classic all-American diner, serving basic breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry patrons 24 hours a day. While Lucky Penny isn't known to have incredibly delicious food, its cuisine is perfect for anyone who is tipsy or not so sober. Try the Prime rib and potato skins - under $20.
320 Mason St
Café Mason has some of the most delectable late night grub in the city. Start off with the crispy onion rings, order up a juicy burger and wash it all down with a tall beer or a glass of wine. Café Mason is open 24 hours a day – so stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between.
OTHER FUN STUFF
If you’ve done enough partying and can’t imagine stuffing your face with any more greasy late night food, then consider continuing the night with less conventional after hours activities.
Head over to Ocean Beach with some tasty drinks, warm clothes, beach towels and plenty of firewood for a late night beach bonfire. Although building bonfires on the beach is technically illegal, it seems to be quite a popular activity among the Bay Area community – especially college kids who aren’t yet old enough to booze it up with the city folk.
Visit Tourist Attractions
San Francisco natives tend to avoid Fisherman’s Warf, Ghiradelli Square, Coit Tower and most of the other top tourist attractions. During the day, these hotspots are flooded with slow-walking, camera-snapping, question-asking tourists who can make the experience quite unbearable. But visit one of these popular destinations in the middle of the night, and you’ll see that you have the whole place to yourself.
We don’t recommend late night bike rides to anyone who has been out all night boozing, but if you’re sober enough to jump on a bike at 3 am, then you have a whole city to explore without the typical noise and traffic that you’re used to. Strap a light on your bike and make your way through Golden Gate Park or across Golden Gate Bridge – find a good spot to stop and watch the sunrise.
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