Bar In SF Neighborhood

The History Of Neighborhoods In San Francisco

San Francisco has both major, well-known neighborhoods and districts as well as smaller, specific subsections and developments. While there is considerable fluidity among the sources, one guidebook identifies five major districts, corresponding to the four quadrants plus a south central district.[1] These five broad districts, counterclockwise are: Central/downtown, Richmond, Sunset, Upper Market & beyond (south central) and Bernal Heights/Bayview & beyond (southeast). Within each of these five districts are located major neighborhoods, and again there is considerable fluidity seen in the sources, though the San Francisco Planning Department identifies 36 major neighborhoods. A group of researchers at did a study of classified advertising of housing rentals to extract neighborhood names in the vernacular, and identified 40 neighborhood names in common use.[2] Among these 36-40 major neighborhoods there are a large number of minor neighborhoods, some of which are historical, and some of which are overlapping, with a total of about 120 neighborhoods mentioned in the various sources.

San Francisco’s nightlife is as diverse as San Francisco itself, and each district’s selection of bars, clubs and lounges has its own distinct flavor. For electronic music clubs, hip-hop or chill art lounges, head to San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, while the artsy Mission district is primed for everything from dive bar hopping to intimate dance space, an alternative to the city’s larger clubs. On the flipside, the Marina District sports decidedly slicker (though no less debaucherous) bars. Gay-friendly bars and clubs exist all over the city, with the Castro, SoMa, and Polk Street areas leading the way. San Francisco’s North Beach is open until the wee hours with neon strip joints and cool hideaway bars, and rowdy clubs. It’s all available here with’s district-by-district guide.