Things to do in San Francisco at Night

March 18th 2017

Things to do in San Francisco at Night

Our pick of the top things to do in San Francisco at night

San Francisco offers unique neighbourhoods and exciting attractions that keep visitors coming back year after year. Make the most of your holiday and see the city’s evening illuminations and exhilarating nightlife. As the sun sets, watch the city come alive and explore all the wonderful things to do in San Francisco at night. Whatever your choice of entertainment there is something for everyone. Read on as our travel expert Audrey shares her top things to do in San Francisco at night


San Fran Bay Cruise san fran bay cruise

Sit back, sip your drink and savour the sights of San Francisco on this two-hour evening cruise.

This is one of my favourite things to do in San Francisco at night.

Marvel at the skyline as you enjoy hearty appetisers and live music while gliding along San Francisco’s bay.

Enjoy the breath-taking views as you sail under both the Golden Gate Bridge and Oakland Bay Bridge.

This romantic cruise is second to none and is a spectacular way to catch a glimpse of San Francisco at night.


Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic San Francisco sight and one of the world’s most beautiful spans. Going across the bridge at night offers a jaw dropping, picturesque view of the city.

Take a bus, cycle or walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and appreciate this wonderful engineering achievement.

For an extra special holiday memory, walk across the bridge at night time and be mesmerised by the bright city lights.

fishermans wharfFisherman’s Wharf 

This vibrant neighbourhood is one of San Francisco’s most visited destinations, and for good reason.

The harbour is packed full of authentic bars, restaurants and shops that stay open late into the evening.

Pier 39 is located along this historic waterfront and offers unbeatable views of the city and the bay.

Take a stroll along the pier to enjoy the freshest fish and chips you have ever tasted, as you hear the famous seals barking in the distance.

Get lost in Fisherman’s Wharf and experience its bustling atmosphere.


Union Square

San Francisco’s nightlife is as diverse as San Francisco itself, and Union Square has its own distinct flavour.

It is the city’s epicenter for luxury hotels, Broadway shows and casual or fine dining.

There are hundreds of excellent bars, restaurants and clubs within a short walk or Muni Ride of Union Square.

From elegant cocktail bars to organised pub crawls, Union Square is an area full of fun and excitement.


Segway Tour

Be adventurous and explore three of San Francisco’s best loved neighbourhoods on the night Segway Tour Visit China town, little Italy and the embarcadero waterfront as you glide along on this incredible piece of machinery.

Don’t be put off by this new way of moving around the city. This tour includes a 45-minute training session at the beginning to make your experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

This Segway Tour is very popular among visitors so we recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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By Audrey Joyce

Personal Travel Planner

Favourite Destination: San Francisco

San Francisco is diverse and picturesque, with a compact downtown bursting with attractions and each distinct area boasting its own appeal. Union Square is a great option to stay with many restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. Fisherman’s Wharf is ideal for families while the regenerated Embarcadero is a hip neighbourhood on the bay. The Financial District is central and close to famous Chinatown. Take the hop-on hop-off bus tour to explore the city from Golden Gate Park over to Sausalito and Muir Woods. Be sure to pre-book the famous Alcatraz tour as it sell out quickly or join a tour to the nearby winelands or spectacular Yosemite National Park.