San Francisco Past Midnight: Entertainment After Hours
San Francisco has plenty to offer those who thrive in the wee hours. Visitors and locals alike can prowl under the streetlamps to dining, dancing, music and more. The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau has rounded up a list of activities for creatures of the night.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Absinthe Restaurant is open 7:30 am to 1 am Tuesday through Friday keeping its bar open until 2 am and from 10 am to 1 am on Saturday, and on Sunday from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm. The bar serves specialty drinks, such as the Perfect Pear and the Ginger Rogers. Order assorted cheeses or meats (which average around $15 a plate), and do not miss out on the rich chocolate pot-de-crème. 398 Hayes St., 415-551-5127.
Media contact: Gary Pike, 415-551-1590.
The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant stays open until 2 am Friday and Saturday. Emerging where Golden Gate Park meets the Pacific Ocean, the Beach Chalet is upstairs from the Golden Gate Park Visitor Center and features American bistro cooking and handcrafted, house-brewed signature ales matched by incredible ocean views. 1000 Great Highway, 415-753-5260.
Media contact: Lara Truppeli, 415-637-1027.
Cafe Mason in Union Square is a 24-hour diner featuring homemade food and fine dining daily. 320 Mason St., 415-544-0320.
Media contact: Daniel Padilla, manager.
Dave’s Bar is known for serving hot and cold sandwiches and abundant salads. A full bar including 15 draft beers, sports on satellite TV and monthly art shows are added incentives to linger until 1 am. 29 Third Street, 415-495-6726.
Media contact: David Supple, owner.
The Lobby Bar is more than a bar with eats – diners can order appetizers or sandwiches until 1:30 am, watch sports on 20 TV monitors or play billiards. Hilton San Francisco, 333 O’Farrell St., 415-771-1400.
Media contact: John Mazzoni, general manager.
Lori’s Diner on Mason St. in Union Square is also open 24-hours for late night munchies. 336 Mason Street, 415-392-8646.
Media contact: Man J. Kim, president.
North Beach Pizza is an award winning San Francisco pizzeria, specializing in fast, free delivery, serving generously portioned pizza, pasta, salads and sandwiches; a landmark in North Beach open until 1 am Sunday through Thursday, and until 3 am Fridays and Saturdays. 1499 Grant Avenue, 415-433-2444.
Media contact: Denis Lappos, owner.
Oola Restaurant & Bar, open for dinner until 1 am, Tuesday through Friday, features organic meats and produce and artisan cheeses and wines. 860 Folsom St., 415-995-2061.
Media contact: Maria Hilario-Fendert, 415-412-1365.
Steps of Rome Café, a favorite North Beach hangout for visiting and local Europeans, is known for its Italian waiters who sing and dance to Italian pop tunes as they deliver pasta. Since the opening of the café in 1990, Steps of Rome has been a popular spot for locals and tourists to enjoy a hearty Italian meal in a light-hearted atmosphere. The café is open daily from 10 am to 2 am, and on weekends 10 am to 3 am. 348 Columbus Ave., 415-397-0435.
Media contact: Anne Ricketts.
Tres Agaves Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Lounge features the food of Jalisco, Mexico, including handmade tortillas and guacamole prepared tableside, and margaritas made with 100% agave Tequila and hand-squeezed limes until 2 am Friday through Sunday. 130 Townsend Street, 415-227-0500. Media contact: Rivera Public Relations, 415-533-0041.strong>Dance All Night Ruby Skye is a late night after hours club (21 and over) conveniently located on Mason Street in the heart of Union Square. Dancestar recently nominated the club as one of the top five nightclubs. The world-class facility features DJ’s and performers from around the world, such as DJ Micro, Pure Behrouz, Frenchy Le Freak and Dirty Vegas. State of the art lighting and sound system electrifies the Century Victorian Playhouse restored with high tech design to accommodate up to 900 guests. 420 Mason St., Union Square, 415-693-0777.
Media contact: Lynda Karpaty, 415-693-0777.
Record a CD
Located adjacent to The Mosser Hotel in Union Square, Studio Paradiso offers an exceptional environment for the music and media professional. Clients enjoy state-of-the-art recording with an expert technical staff; plus lodging, catering and fine dining. The recording studio is open 24 hours to cater to the many bands that prefer to record "after hours." 54 Fourth St., Union Square, 415.986-4400.
Media contact: Melissa Farris, director of marketing/ sales,
Sleep Under the Stars (or Amongst the Sharks)
Make your baseball dreams come true at The Giants annual slumber party at AT&T Park. Bring a sleeping bag, pajamas, and a tent to set up on the field, and don’t forget your glove to play catch in the outfield. This event is only held once a year in June for $180 per person (children under 5 years old are free). 24 Willie Mays Plaza, Mission Bay, 415-972-1800.
Media contact: Shana Daum, director of public affairs and communications, 415-972-2496.
The Aquarium of the Bay hosts overnight sleepovers where guests can sleep in the aquarium’s crystal clear tunnels with sharks, bat rays and other sea creatures swimming above their heads. Their sleepover program offers a unique opportunity to learn about nocturnal habits of creatures indigenous to local waters. Visitors begin their $55 experience with a tour of the Aquarium, followed by an evening of environmentalist led activities, animal exhibitions and guided tours. PIER 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, 415-623-5343.
Media contact: Michele Bernhardt, marketing director.
Be Naughty — Adult Entertainment
San Francisco has a plethora of adult entertainment – from gentlemen’s clubs to fantasy rooms.
If you’re feeling lucky past midnight, try your hand at Lucky Chances Casino, a 43-table casino offering Poker, Asian games, Pai Gow tiles, along with daily poker tournaments. Located in Colma, a free shuttle from the Colma BART station departs every half hour. (If you get hungry, there are two restaurants to keep you fueled for the next round.) The casino is open daily 24 hours. 1700 Hillside Blvd., Daly City, 650-758-2237.
Media contact: Kathy Graham, marketing.
Sit Back and Enjoy the Ride
For transportation to and from these “after hours” opportunities, consider riding public transportation. The San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni), founded in 1912, is one of America’s oldest public transit agencies and carries more than 200 million riders per year. Muni provides transit service within the City and county of San Francisco 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Media contact: Maggie Lynch, media & public relations director, 415-701-4647.
Getting to the airport is easy with American Airporter Shuttle, which provides 24- hour, door-to-door airport ground transportation to SFO, OAK and SJC in late model vans. Charter "The Best of San Francisco" city Tour for $29 per person with a limit of four people, by reservation. 415-202-0733.
Media contact: Philip Achilles, president.
SuperShuttle provides economical door-to-door airport ground transportation utilizing 100 comfortable vans driven by professionally trained, uniformed drivers. SuperShuttle provides 24-hour service to San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, 650-246-8942.
Media contact: Matt Curwood, sales manager.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) runs until 3 am on New Years morning and other holidays.Otherwise, trains run until 1 to 1:30 am, depending on the line and station.
Media contact: Imara Yokely, 510-465-2278.
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