SoMa Nightlife, San Francisco (Self Guided)

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.
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SoMa Nightlife Map

Guide Name: SoMa Nightlife
Guide Location: USA » San Francisco (See other walking tours in San Francisco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Author: Xena
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The Holy Cow Nightclub

1) The Holy Cow Nightclub

Opened in 1987, the Holy Cow Nightclub is notable for its large pink cow outside. There is always a party happening at the Holy Cow, offering reasonable drink price compared to most clubs in the city and no cover charge. Open Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 in the evening to 2:00 AM, the dance floor at the Holy Cow heats up each night to an ambitious crowd. A round bar sits in the middle of the club which is surrounded by a lounge area leading to the dance floor. Accommodations for smokers are available on the patio. Though a small venue, Holy Cow’s sound system packs a decent punch and gets the crowd going.

Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9 pm – 2 am
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Audio Discotech

2) Audio Discotech

Featuring a state-of-the art Funktion One sound system, Audio Discotech is a fresh and innovative nightclub which includes a centrally placed sunken dance floor, retro design cues, and a unique custom lighting equipment to augment the sonic experience. Offering 3500 square feet of space, Audio Discotech can hold a crowd of around 400 and generally does thanks to its relaxed dress code. Minus the pretensions of many other clubs of this caliber, big names in house and techno frequently perform here. Located downstairs is Bergarac, a restaurant where guests can enjoy a meal. The club and restaurant are also available for private events.

Operation Hours: Thursday — Saturday: 9.30 pm - 2 am
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Butter

3) Butter

Open Wednesday through Saturday from 6:00 in the evening to 2:00 AM, Butter has a somewhat random and chaotic design inside, including anything from bumper stickers to cardboard cutouts of Elvis. Karaoke is available from 8:00 in the evening until close on Wednesdays, and sometimes a Tuesday is thrown in as well. Butter prides itself as a “white trash” bar, featuring items including deep-fried Twinkies, tater tots, and vodka and Red Bull. Themed cocktails come in mason jars with names such as Bitchin’ Camaro and Junkyard Dog. A great place for a snack and a cheap drink, Butter is a popular stop for club hoppers. Butter attracts an interesting and diverse crowd, including anything from frat boys to hipsters.

Operation Hours: Saturday: 6 pm — 2 am; Sunday: 8 pm — 2 am
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DNA Lounge

4) DNA Lounge

A vibrant all-ages nightclub located on Eleventh Street near Harrison Street, the DNA Lounge features a diverse assortment of entertainment from night to night. Anything from live DJs to underground bands, film showcases, burlesque performances, and drag shows, the DNA Lounge has it all. Guests often take advantage of the pizza shop next door which is open 24 hours a day. The layout of the club includes seven full bars, four dance floors, and two stages. Free Wi-Fi is available for guests as well. A popular venue in the Bay Area, unannounced live shows by top performers have been known to happen here, including Metallica and Prince.

Operation Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9 pm – 5 am
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Mighty

5) Mighty

A popular venue, the Mighty is tucked away beneath the highway at the junction of SOMA, Mission Hill, and Potrero Hill. A 6000 square foot nightclub located in the city’s design district, Mighty’s interior design includes hardwood floors, high ceilings, massive wooden pillars, and exposed brick walls.It holds a capacity of 500 guests. The Mighty includes an exclusive VIP area with its own bar plush seating and other lavish amenities. House music is on the menu here, as well as hip hop, and soul. There is no cover before midnight, except for evenings when shows take place. The Mighty attracts some of the biggest named DJs from around the globe.

Operation Hours: Thursday — Saturday: 10 pm - 4 am

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Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as San Francisco, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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