7 Spots For 18+ Nightlife In The San Francisco's Bay Area

Phuong Pham

San Francisco is known for its nightlife, with tons of dance clubs and new lounges. Yet young people cannot access to a lot of cool events (such as the Academy of Science’s Nightlife events). Instead of going to all of the touristy places (Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Golden Gate Bridge, etc.), you might want to check out this list of things to do. You don’t need to grow old to experience the best things of the city. Let’s roll!

Alcatraz at night

Alcatraz Night Tour

Building, Park

Tonga Room
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Seeing Alcatraz is always a popular thing to do in San Francisco; visiting it during night time is even more interesting. Without a doubt, the night tour creates a spooky, creepy feeling that you won’t find during the day tour. Also, you will be able to explore more areas in the prison; for instance, the hospital quarters are totally worth visiting late at night. Find tickets at the official Alcatraz Cruise site here.

Tonga Room

Bar, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub

Tonga Room Bar
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You might have heard of this popular tiki bar, the Tonga Room at the Fairmont. If you want to escape to a tropical oasis, this is your place. Since the place has a full restaurant and other activities, young people are all welcomed. You might not be able to get the fabulous, fruity tiki drinks, but you will enjoy the Polynesian fare and a dance floor, as well.

Ruby Skye

Ruby Skye

Among numerous night clubs in the city, you would most like to experience Ruby Skye thanks to its convenient location. Located in downtown, this place has got a great atmosphere. It is a decent club with two floors and a VIP Lounge room available by special request. This is overall an 18+ night club, but you might want to check out the event calendar for more information about upcoming events.

Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 628 400 4688

GoKart Racer

GoKart Racer

GoKart Racer is awesome, and fully deserves its place on the list. The Yokahama track and the go-karts are well equipped, which is the highlight about this fun spot; go-karting is a must if you’ve never tried it. A fun bit of speed in Burlingame is hidden gem of the Bay Area.

GoKart Racer, 1541 Adrian Rd, Burlingame, CA, USA +1 650 692 7223

Attend a Musical Event

San Francisco is also a thriving scene for good music, so check out a show at one of the city’s fine venues. There are a number of places for you to enjoy different music styles in the city. Some are well known, such as The Fillmore or The Warfield, or you also can go classy with Davies Symphony Hall and get some fresh air at The Chapel on Valencia Street.

The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 346 3000

The Warfield, 982 Market St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 345 0900

Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 864 6000

The Chapel, 777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 551 5157

Seward Mini Park


This is totally a hidden spot in the city. The huge slides seem perfect for a fun date night. The story behind it is simple yet adorable. The curved double slide was designed by Kim Clark, a 14-year-old resident. These slides are definitely the main attraction at this hidden gem. Plus, the California native plant garden would be a perfect addition to your date night.
Courtesy of Urban Putt

Mini Golf at Urban Putt

Bar, Restaurant, American

Urban Putt is definitely a great spot for newcomers, because it has all you need for a fun evening. This place is a combination of an indoor mini golf course with a bar and also a full restaurant. Don’t forget to ask for the soft ice cream; it’s totally a highlight!
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