San Francisco’s Nighttime Scene


San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge at sunset, California

  • Tour Alcatraz at night

    Bundle up, cue the atmospherics, and go on a night tour of Alcatraz. Keep in mind that only one company has permission to bring guests to the island. And only two kinds of tours, namely the Behind the Scenes Tour and Night Tour, allow you to visit Alcatraz after sunset. Moreover, tickets are limited to only a few hundred visitors each night. So, book early. The last boat to Fisherman’s Wharf departs at 9:30 pm.

  • View the city from above

    You can admire the city skyline from these vantage points:

    • Salesforce Park, the rooftop park of the Salesforce Transit Center, is the second highest tower on the West Coast at 1,070 feet and gives you a vista of the city.
    • The Virgin Hotel’s rooftop bar serves up stunning views to go with your small plates and expertly mixed drinks.
    • The Cityscape San Francisco Lounge, a swanky nightspot, has 18-foot-high glass windows that offer views of the bay.
  • Enjoy a Broadway Show

    San Francisco Theater brings you Broadway favorites like “Mary Poppins,” “Falsettos,” “Hamilton,” and more. The theater also hosts world-class dance recitals, concerts, and comedy shows, featuring renowned talents like the Harlem Globetrotters and San Francisco Symphony.

  • Take a sunset or dinner cruise

    Go on a luxury cruise where you can admire views of the Bay and Golden Bay Bridge while feasting on a four-course meal made with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

  • Watch a Giants baseball game

    Come to AT&T Park to watch the San Francisco Giants in action! Season ticket holders get to enjoy exclusive access to spring training, non-baseball events, and regular and post season games. They also get a 20% discount on food and drinks.

  • Marvel at Bay Bridge lights

    Designed by prominent lights artist Leo Villareal, this 1.8-mile wide art installation project illuminates San Francisco’s most beloved landmark, and gives onlookers the experience of a lifetime.

  • Experience the San Francisco’s restaurants scene

    SF is known for its culinary scene, from fine dining to rustic, farm-to-table fare. The best time to experience the dining scene is during SF Restaurant Week, a 10-day affair where the city’s finest establishments showcase multi-course menus at fixed restaurant prices.

  • Explore Chinatown

    Go on a self-guided tour of Chinatown, the oldest community of its kind in North America, and the largest outside Asia. Landmarks include the Dragon Gate, Mary’s Square, Mary’s Cathedral, Grant Avenue, various murals, and the statue of Sun Yat-Sen.

  • Visit the Exploratorium

    Expect fascinating exhibits and fun activities to spark your love for art and science at the Exploratorium. Special events like After Dark Thursdays give you the opportunity to explore over 650 immersive exhibits that include a fog bridge and a dazzling lights display.

  • Hang out at North Beach

    Once the epicenter of bohemianism in SF, North Beach retains its laidback atmosphere – this is where locals go for morning tai chi classes and afternoon coffee. Highlights include Washington Square, Telegraph Hill, and Greenwich and Filbert streets.

  • Enjoy a late night museum

    SF is known for its after-dark museum culture, offering art, music, performances, and cocktail parties. Head to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, and Exploratorium for a bit of nighttime culture.

Enjoy these activities throughout the year. For residential options, call Bernard Katzmann at 415 906 6000 or send an email to KatzmannSF(at)gmail(dotted)com. You can also get in touch with Mike Shaw at 415 308 4281 and MShawSF(at)gmail(dotted)com.