It’s easy to rage in San Francisco. The city by the bay serves up exceptional food and drink, from champagne and oysters to margaritas and tacos, and what better way to toast a soon-to-be bride, and bring together her closest friends? For dinner, check out these spots that can accommodate big groups, and don’t forget a game plan for brunch. But when you’re ready to party, peruse the options below, from champagne bubble bars and underground jazz clubs, to outrageous drag shows and belt-it-out karaoke. Hold that beer — here are the most memorable bachelorette destinations in San Francisco.Read More
11 Epic Bachelorette Party Destinations in San Francisco
From bubble bars and classy jazz to outrageous drag and private-room karaoke
SF is not a country music town, and for whiskey and boot scootin’, it’s generally worth the drive to the Saddle Rack in Fremont. But thankfully, Westwood rode into town in 2019, rolling in a mechanical bull. It’s a huge space with big leather booths and, as the song goes, cold beer and hot wings.
2. Maggie McGarry's
An Irish bar in an Italian neighborhood, Maggie McGarry’s could be exactly what the night needed — for anyone who’s into locking arms and singing along to ‘80s and ‘90s cover bands. On a back alley of North Beach, there are lots of other bars and clubs nearby, and better yet, cheap pizza by the slice at 2 a.m.
3. Leo's Oyster Bar
For sparkling pink champagne, exquisite oysters, and fabulous wallpaper, start the night at Leo’s. This stylish bar is a treat, from the old-school Louie salads and lobster rolls, to the over-the-top plateaus stacked with oysters, crab, shrimp, and caviar.
4. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
Located in the basement of the Fairmont hotel, the Tonga Room is an institution and experience. Order big punch bowls for two or four people, or your own mai tai that comes in a coconut, then boogie it out on the deck of the pirate ship. A live band plays lounge music from the center of the lagoon, and every hour on the hour, there’s an indoor tropical rainstorm.
There are a number of karaoke options in SF, from big bars to private rooms, but not so many that combine food and drink with a chance to sing your heart out. YamaSho is a full service Japanese restaurant with sushi, sake, and 10 karaoke lounges with spinning disco balls. Even Kanye went once, and he was cool enough to take Mark Zuckerberg.
6. Bourbon & Branch
This speakeasy is reservations only, and guests are given a password to slide in through the unmarked entrance. Once inside, there’s a very clear set of house rules — no food, and definitely no cosmos. But the whiskey drinks are strong.
7. Black Cat
In the depths of the Tenderloin (out-of-towners might want to take an Uber), Black Cat is a swanky jazz club. Upstairs, a horseshoe-shaped bar serves excellent cocktails, but the show is downstairs, with small tables and couches gathered around an intimate stage. The menu plays to upscale drunk snacks, including pigs in a blanket, duck-fat fries, and strip steak.
8. Raven Bar
San Francisco doesn’t have a heavy club scene, but for old-school hip hop and 90s R&B, Raven is the place to be. As you stumble out onto the street at 2 a.m., the street vendors will be ready and waiting with bacon-wrapped hot dogs.
Of course, SF is known for legendary gay bars and drag shows, though they don’t always love getting crashed by bachelorette parties, and understandably so. Asia SF, however, is a full dinner and show, featuring transgender women. Complete with a catwalk and poles in the basement, it’s intentionally set up for big parties.
10. DNA Lounge
DNA Lounge is a big club in a warehouse-style space, with two stages and four dance floors, and it’s probably best known for hosting Bootie Mashup, the monthly dance party. Even more titillating, the venue also hosts lots of sequin-dropping, tassel-swinging burlesque performers, as well as weekly goth nights. Next door, DNA Pizza sells slices and tots.
11. The Mint Karaoke Lounge
Venture out of the private rooms in Japantown, and further up Market, and the Mint is one of the best karaoke bars in the city, for true public performers. Big groups should bring cash and get in early, particularly if you want to snag a seat. But while you wait to belt it out, it’s a hell of a show.