San Francisco, CA
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College Junior

Nightlife: I am not a nightlife person, I don't enjoy parties or crowded areas so I haven't attended any nor have ive heard that it exists in our school.

College Senior

Nightlife: I'm not much of a party person after my first semester, I found out I was more of a relax at a quiet place and discuss books with a few friends kind of person . I know that parties exist, which bars are in range and what distance, but for anything in depth and detail I have to say I'm a bit clueless on that.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: My school doesn't seem too much of a house party school. For nightlife, students resort to local bars that have "college nights" with cheap drink prices and reduced cover charge. I think the party scene has a positive impact on student experience because it creates a bond between the students.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Night life is fun. Lot's of things to do

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Get shut down really early


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 491st
    Tamest Party Scenes
  • 881st
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 981st
    Best Drink Prices

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtnee Rizzo
Rocklin, CA
Grad Year
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There aren't many parties on campus, as the security is very strict and many students fear getting written up for drinking (as they do not want to lose their housing). There is a pub located underground on campus for older students, but it closes early. Unlike what many may hear, the fact that San Francisco State is a commuter school does not ruin the nightlife. Parties occur almost every night within the townhomes and tower flats of Parkmerced, the closest apartment complex to SFSU. And for those involved in Greek life on campus, usually they hold frequent parties all over the city.

Downtown San Francisco is littered with many 18-and-up clubs, and many concert venues, such as the Fillmore, the Warfield, and hundreds more. Don't worry about not having a good time in the darkness of the city. Lots of restaurants stay open late into the next morning, and a student can always find a dive bar to call home. A popular side job for 21-and-up students is a go-go dancer or promo girl, which may involve dancing on stage or handing out trial alcohol at clubs.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Castro
  • Downtown
  • Inner Sunset
  • Mission District
  • Parkmerced
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Abbey Tavern
  • Bar None
  • The Blue Light
  • City Nights
  • The Dubliner
  • The Edge
  • Elbo Room
  • Johnny Foley's Irish House
  • Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
  • Lime
  • Madrone Art Bar
  • San Francisco Badlands
  • Slide
  • St. Mary's Pub
  • Taco Shop at Underdogs
  • Vessel
Favorite Drinking Games
Beer pong
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Golden Gate Xpress student newspaper
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Mission Bar
Did You Know?
Lots of under-21 clubs exist in the Bay Area if you are looking, so finding something to do isn't really a problem. A few students actually work the clubs as go-go dancers with companies, or promo girls handing out Red Bull drinks.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Infusion Lounge

Infusion Lounge is a nightclub with Asian-inspired decor.

124 Ellis St.


(415) 421-8700

Rickshaw Stop

Rickshaw hosts live bands.

155 Fell St.

Civic Center

(415) 861-2011

Fluid Ultra Lounge

Fluid is an elegant kind of nightclub, featuring A-list crowds and VIP booth and bottle service.

625 Mission St.


(415) 385-2457

The Cellar

This is a great venue for students who want to dance, since it has two separate dance floors.

685 Sutter St.

Union Square

(415) 441-5678

DNA Lounge

DNA Lounge has a full bar and a wall-to-wall dance floor.

375 11th St.


(415) 626-1409

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Mission Bar

The vibe at this bar is very laid-back.

2695 Mission St.

San Francisco

(415) 647-2300

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

House of Air

Indoor trampoline park

926 Mason St.

San Francisco

(415) 345-9675

Castro Theatre

429 Castro St.

San Francisco

(415) 621-6120

Cairo Nights

Hookah bar

829 Geary St.

San Francisco

(415) 931-6930

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 109 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 102 responses

  • 1% There are no good options.
  • 14% Use a designated driver.
  • 2% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 75% Public transportation.
  • 7% Taxis.
  • 1% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 107 responses

  • 31% Parties? What parties?
  • 21% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 21% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 22% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 5% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 13 responses

  • 31% 4/20
  • 23% Holloween
  • 23% It all depends on what kind of crowd you're into
  • 15% My party i threw!
  • 8% Not a big party scene on campus

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 19 responses

  • 86% Through friends
  • 14% Bars
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