By day, San Francisco is full of rolling fog, hip locals, and eager tourists. In the evenings, the city comes alive with glittering lights, rousing bars, and a hodge-podge of people looking for a good time. From its quiet coastline to the man-made structures nestled downtown, feast your eyes on some of the best shots of San Francisco at night.
Flying into the city
San Francisco is so bewitching that even flying into the SFO International Airport feels magical.
The way to the Bay
Whether you’ve visited the City by the Bay once or one hundred times, there’s something breathtaking about returning each and every time.
All eyes on City Hall
San Franciscans have a flair for the dramatic, and they channel that energy into festivities throughout the city. Below is a picture of City Hall, lit up with red, white, and blue lights for election night. During the city’s annual gay pride event, a similar projection is created to display rainbow lights.
Golden Gate nights
Without a doubt, the Golden Gate Bridge is the single most iconic image of San Francisco. Although its size and grandeur are felt during the day, there’s something mysterious and beautiful about it at night.
Although often overshadowed by its golden counterpart, the Bay Bridge is also a beloved part of the city. Commuters may know it to be a fickle mistress at times, but when it’s quiet with less traffic in the evenings, it’s truly a sight to behold.
The city’s historic streetcars have a unique past, but they’ve still managed to incorporate themselves into S.F.’s present.
With friendly locals, independently owned companies, and quaint coffee shops at every turn, it’s easy to forget San Francisco is a sprawling city and not a compact neighborhood. This shot captures the concrete jungle that S.F. truly is.
The best of both worlds
This shot, taken from one of the most famed lookout spots in the city (Twin Peaks), portrays the duality of natural wonder and man-made masses in San Francisco.
A thrilling ride
Something about the cool air and proximity to the sea brings out the inner child in San Franciscans. Below, a well-lit shot of a carousel on one of the city’s piers.
San Franciscans are nothing if not loyal. The energy inside AT&T Park is palpable amongst fans, no matter what time of day you attend a game.
Painted for a night out
The city’s famed Painted Ladies’ colors seem less shocking at night, although onlookers stop by to see them all the same.
Known as the mecca for nightlife in the city, the Castro District is regarded for its abundance of gay clubs and top-notch bars.
The Palace of Fine Arts looks like something straight out of a Roman painting. Attend an evening concert in the treasured dome and prepare to be wowed.
A glorious mix of old and new, San Francisco is home to modern marvels and otherworldly relics such as the Ferry Building, built during the late 1800s.
The best thing about the City by the Bay is its inclusivity. While visiting, you’ll notice a beautiful blend of people interacting and making the city a better place—together. This celebratory shot is from a fireworks display taken on the 4th of July, but the festive mood can be felt year-round.