SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife, San Francisco

Home to some of the most exciting clubs and bars found the world over, the Nightlife Tour in San Francisco features a wide selection of hot spots to dance the night away. Being a major metropolitan area with a diverse community, the range of musical flavors available here is truly astounding. Whether looking for top DJs or big name music acts, or just a solid local talent spinning your favorite hits, San Francisco’s nightlife scene has it all.
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SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife Map

Guide Name: SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife
Guide Location: USA » San Francisco (See other walking tours in San Francisco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: Xena
1015 Folsom

1) 1015 Folsom

Thought by many to be the apex of San Francisco's dance scene, 1015 Folsom continues to draw packed crowds to see the hottest DJs from around the world. This 20,000 square foot nightclub includes five rooms on three floors, each with its own distinct sound, a full bar, and DJ booth. 1015 Folsom sports the city’s most state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. An upscale establishment with contemporary design features, highlights of its décor includes Brazilian hardwood dance floors,...   view more

2) Monarch

Situated at the corner of sixth and Mission, Monarch dominates the scenery, inviting guests to a posh evening of exquisite cocktails, top-of-the line sound provided by its Void Acoustics system, and dramatic design features inspired by Steampunk, Art Nouveau, and Victorian styles. Upstairs guests will find an intimate lounge good for conversations and drinks. The basement is where you will find the dance floor, electrified by the sounds of an assortment of the hottest worldwide talent, including...   view more

3) Mezzanine

Serving as a multi-purpose venue hosting a diverse assortment of events including music spanning the genres, Mezzanine has steadily been gaining acceptance as the place in San Francisco for live music. A sampling of the performances that have been held here include Mos Def, Every Move a Picture, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, DJ Tiesto, and many more. With a capacity of up to 1000 guests, along with the high quality entertainment, and definitive sound system, the club can get pretty packed....   view more
Infusion Lounge

4) Infusion Lounge

Situated near Union Square, Infusion Lounge includes one of the most elegant interior designs amidst the many nightclubs in San Francisco. Captivating LED displays embellish its very generous dance floor of this 6500 square foot club. Infusion Lounge also includes booths for guests to relax and an exclusive VIP area with posh amenities. It is not unusual for the occasional celebrity or sports star to stop in for an evening here. Opened in 2009, Infusion Lounge has helped to transform the San...   view more
Ruby Skye Lounge

5) Ruby Skye Lounge

A preeminent fixture on the San Francisco club scene, Ruby Skye is situated in the heart of the downtown area off Union Square next to the theater district. Located in an historic Art Nouveau building of the famed Stage Door Theatre built in the 1890s, Ruby Skye’s interior is contrastingly designed with a modern flair by the Pamela Pennington Studios. Space is available for a variety of events, which include anything from fashion shows and wedding receptions. Ruby Skye attracts some of the...   view more
Cellar Lounge

6) Cellar Lounge

The Cellar Lounge is known in San Francisco as one of the city's most popular nightclubs and bars. It features two rooms, two dance floors, two bars, VIP and bottle service accommodations, a pool table and a brand new game machine. The interior of the lounge offers illuminated stairway, comfortable red and blue velvet couches, a wrap-around bar and State-of-the-Art lighting and sound technology. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 5pm-2am, Saturdays and Sundays...   view more
111 Minna

7) 111 Minna

Opened in 1993, 111 Minna is located in the downtown area. Part gallery, part nightclub, 111 Mina showcases local and international artists in its gallery and also attracts world class DJs, screenings of films, and live musical acts. Boasting 4000 square feet of space, the gallery is open during the day and for special occasions in the evening. The décor has a distinctly urban industrial feel, designed with 16 foot walls, floor to ceiling windows, original hardwood flooring, and exposed pipes...   view more

8) Harlot

Inspired by the ladies of the evening who entertained the Forty Niners during the California Gold Rush when the area was a red-light district known as the Barbary Coast, Harlot draws huge crowds for its exotic décor and entertainment. Provocative paintings line the walls, sensual lighting sets the mood and scantily-clad go-go dancers gyrating on window ledges create the exotic experience that is Harlot. Upstairs is an exclusive VIP area with its own bar as well as additional amenities. Drink...   view more

9) Temple

With an emphasis on integrity, Temple aims to preserve the artistic vision of electronic music. Temple also promotes a green policy which includes biodegrade cups and straws, paperless promotion of events, and other waste-saving measures. Playing electronic music, including house and dubstep, a steady stream of rotating DJs keeps the house thumping each night with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. In addition to the main room, Temple includes the Destiny Lounge decked out in...   view more

Walking Tours in San Francisco, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Francisco is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
SoMa Nightlife

SoMa Nightlife

Being one of the most-visited cities in the world, San Francisco features an awesome array of nightclubs and bars for guests to the city can enjoy. A major cultural hub that includes more than its fair share of museums and art galleries, San Francisco bars and nightclubs reflect the creative and vibrant force that pervades the city. Take this Nightlife Tour in San Francisco and experience the best hot spots this cosmopolitan city has to offer when the sun goes down.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

San Francisco is known as the gay capital of the world. The famous Castro district offers a wide variety of entertaining options, like bars, cafés and nightclubs. The bar and club scenes are incredibly diverse in age, race and interests. Take this tour to explore San Francisco Gay nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

The unmatched beauty of San Francisco combined with its riches of instantly recognizable structures and locales has attracted filmmakers from around the world for over 100 years. San Francisco has provided and continues to provide the backdrop for some of the most famous movie scenes ever filmed. It is almost impossible to traverse the sights of San Francisco without conjuring an image from a special Hollywood movie. According to some film historians, San Francisco, rather than Hollywood, should have become the capitol of the motion picture world. Motion pictures were actually invented in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
City Orientation Walking Tour I

City Orientation Walking Tour I

Bursting with popular tourist attractions and diverse neighborhoods, San Francisco is considered to be a "wonder to behold". Full of museums, religious buildings, parks and amazing architecture, this city can keep any tourist busy for his entire trip. Take this walking tour to explore San Francisco's most visited tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Famous Architecture Walking Tour

Famous Architecture Walking Tour

San Francisco is one of the world's top travel destinations, being famous for spectacular tourist attractions like Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. But besides that, this city also features a large variety of world-known architecture, like Transamerica Pyramid, Grace Cathedral and others. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous architectural buildings in San Francisco.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Japantown Walking Tour

Japantown Walking Tour

Japantown in San Francisco is the oldest Japanese community in the continental United States. The first Japanese immigrants came to San Francisco in the 1860s. Located in the heart of San Francisco, this six block area is a colorful, friendly community, that is home to some of the best Japanese cultural, eating and entertainment venues in the United States. Take this tour to explore most visited tourist sights of Japantown.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km

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