San Francisco's Best Things to Do at Night for Non-Drinkers

Photo of Deanna Morgado
1 February 2018

Without a doubt, San Francisco is a city full of booze-soaked nightlife. But how about those super fun nights out for those that don’t partake in alcohol? We’ve compiled a superb list of things to do in San Francisco’s nightlife for non-drinkers.

Indoor golf at Urban Putt

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Located in the Mission, Urban Putt is not only an indoor miniature golf course, it’s open late-night! This spot is spectacular for both drinkers and non-drinkers. It’s got amazing food and drinks (both boozy and not), all wrapped up in a fantastical and high-tech 14-hole miniature golf course. The entire layout was designed by local artists, creators and engineers, staying true to the fun San Francisco colors.

Go to the theater

San Francisco is a gold mine for the performing arts. Somehow over the years, theater performances have become stereotypically perceived as pretentious or only for the wealthy – which is simply not true. Catching an evening show in San Francisco is truly a magical time. No alcohol required.

Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA | © BWChicago/Flickr

Gorge yourself on delicious food at Off the Grid

Off the Grid is an absolutely free event with gourmet food trucks, live music and lots of fun. It’s incredibly versatile for drinkers and non-drinkers, and ideal for all ages. This festive night market is held all over the city including Fort Mason, Embarcadero, SoMa and more.

Off the grid entrance. | © David McSpadden/Flickr

Go to a poetry night

Either sit and enjoy the many word artists that participate in readings and slam poetry or jump in and sign up yourself! There are many open mic nights for poetry and other literary readings all over the city. It’s an exciting way to spend a sober night whether or not you do your own reading.

Open Mic | © Ian Muttoo/Flickr

Pa’ina Paint Club

Artistic or not, an evening trying your brush strokes with friends practically guarantees a fantastic time. At Pa’ina Paint Club, all levels are welcome. Plus, it’s held at the Pa’ina Restaurant and Lounge, which means delicious Hawaiian-style tapas for you and drinks for those prefer their art to have a boozy influence.

45/365 | © Emily Poisel/Flickr

After Dark at the Exploratorium

On Thursday nights, the quizzically entertaining Exploratorium in the Embarcadero stays open late for an adults-only evening of mystery and science. The museum holds a different theme every week for the “After Dark Thursdays.” From an evening exploring the universe to diving into the world of peanuts, After Dark is a night full of fun and enticing enigmas, alcohol completely optional.

Exploratorium | © Lisa Brewster/Flickr

Take an Alcatraz night tour

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cell block d | © sean hobson/Flickr
Discover the spooky side of one of the most notorious prisons in the country. A guided Alcatraz Island night tour takes your through the prison, pointing out hidden spots that were used for attempted escapes throughout the prison’s history, some creepy tales of prisoners, and more special programs only offered at night.

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