Once the sun sets over the Bay behind the Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco nightlife begins to stir. In fact, you’ll find some of the West Coast’s best bars in San Francisco, including the speakeasies and cocktail lounges that garnish the foggy streets of the Tenderloin, Union Square, and Nob Hill. Ring the bell at the discrete wooden door of Bourbon & Branch, and step inside a Prohibition-era hideaway where the house rules prohibit cell-phone use and ask everyone to “speak-easy.” Of course, the city is also known for its strong LGBTQ communities, and you’ll find some of the best lesbian and gay clubs in San Francisco over in the Castro District.

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