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10 Bars Near University Of San Francisco

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Venture into the heart of the city and you will eventually land among a beautiful Jesuit college that goes by the name of the University of San Francisco. Around this area you will not only find many energetic college students busy at work, but you will also find some truly unique and fun bars. Here’s our guide to 10 of the best.

The Bistro Gambrinus

If you are a USF student, then you have to go to the Bistro Gambrinus. Located right around the corner of Masonic on Fulton Street, Bistro Gambrinus is not only the closest bar to USF, but is also the perfect place if you are looking for a lot of European beer for a really great price. They even offer a 16-ounce ‘boot sized’ beer which comes in a glass that is shaped like an actual boot. 

Bistro Gambrinus, 1813 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 221 7777

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Cha Cha Cha

If you are looking for reasonably priced Sangrias, delicious Mexican food and a young, hip atmosphere then Cha Cha Cha is the place to be. The bar is located on Haight Street –  a quick walk from the USF campus. 

Cha Cha Cha, 1801 Haight St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 386 7670

Sangerias (Cha Cha Cha)

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Ireland’s 32

You can always count on Ireland’s 32 for a lively time. With people usually all the way out the door, and dancing until late in the night, Irelands is a great place to go when you want to let your hair down. You can also find late night burgers and pizza, located just a few blocks from Ireland’s 32, in case after all of the dancing you need to satisfy that midnight craving.

Ireland’s 32, 3920 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 386 6173


Elbo Room

Elbo Room has a ‘soul night’ where they feature ‘old soul’ music and dancing. There are two floors: downstairs has a dining area, bar and arcade, and then upstairs there is another bar, as well as a stage, where bands perform. They have even hosted The Bodacious Ancients, a band that consists of all USF students.

Elmo Room, 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 552 7788

The Bodacious Ancients | Courtesy of Jesse Thompson

The Bodacious Ancients | Courtesy of Jesse Thompson


The Bitter End

Located just a few blocks from USF, The Bitter End is a great place for a delicious drink – and not only that but it also has a hidden top floor, with pool tables and tons of competition. So if you have been looking for a good place to test out your pool skills or just have some fun, then The Bitter End is the place for you.

The Bitter End, 441 Clement St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 221 9538


Velo Rouge Cafe

Velo Rouge Cafe stays open until later than most other cafes in the area. If you’re looking for a great place to study or catch up on some work whilst also enjoying a glass of wine and a good meal, then Velo Rouge might be exactly what you’re looking for.  

Velo Rouge Café, 798 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 752 7799


Madrone Art Bar

If you enjoy art as much as you enjoy a great glass of wine, then Madrone Art Bar is the perfect place for you. Located on Divisadero Street, this bar offers the best of both worlds: they display art that ranges from photography to sculptures while also offering many different types of drinks. And not only that – but the atmosphere of the bar is one of a kind with their art installations that hang from the ceiling, open dance floor, and stage that is always featuring new DJ’s.

Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 241 0202


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Neck of the Woods

Neck of the Woods hosts live events where talented musicians come out and play. They’ve previously put on the 2nd Annual Bellyman’s Ball – where they featured bands like the Old Folks and The Bodacious Ancients. So if you have been wanting to hear some cool new music, come check it out.

Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement S, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 387 6343


Boom Boom Room

If you enjoy jazz music, an energetic atmosphere and new and exciting people, then you must go to Boom Boom Room. Located in the heart of one of the oldest places in the city, the Fillmore, this club is very popular and hosts live shows with great artists that range from Jazz Musicians to Comedians. Check out their calendar of upcoming performances. 

Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 673 8000


The Social Study

The Social Study is the ideal place for college students. It suits a book loving type of person as there are books all over the place at The Social Study. 

The Social Study, 1795 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 292 7417