Marina District Bars and Clubs
Full of fresh faces and toned bodies, the Marina is the place to see and be seen. Standing apart from San Francisco’s typical freak-flag environment, the Marina is more befitting of a city like Los Angeles or New York City’s Murray Hill. There aren’t any hippies, hipsters or bums in the Marina; instead you’ll find a long list of trendy shops, restaurants and bars, likely appearing on the clean and cute Chestnut Street, and all teeming with well-dressed urban professionals. The landfill base that the Marina is built on may not last forever, but it sure makes a good stomping ground for all those Jimmy Choo heels.
3138 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.563.4180
A bar with a quintessential San Francisco back story, the Matrix was first opened by the Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin in 1965 and went on to host some of the biggest bands of the era. Nowadays, the Matrix is better known as the MatrixFillmore, slick and stylish lounge with great DJs in an intimate setting.
The Comet Club
3111 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94123; Tel. 415.567.5589
This busy bar gets visitors lubed for the dance floor with $5 kamikazes and chocolate cake shots, while DJs spin Top 40 Hits.
3154 Fillmore (at Greenwich), San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.885.4000
A lively bar and restaurant combo, Eastside West serves small portions of flavorful bar food and caters as much to the pre-party crowd headed to the nearby Gravity as for patrons spending long hours with large groups of Marina partiers.
3251 Scott St., San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.776.1928
Gravity-goers anticipate the singles vibe inside while waiting in long lines for the chance at a stiff cocktail served by the good-looking bar and cocktail staff, as much as for the velvet-lined walls and coaches packed with party-going twenty-somethings. Ambient beats from rotating DJs set the mood.
2125 Lombard (at Fillmore), San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.345.8663
A Marina bar for drinking and dancing patronized by a party-happy set of Marina types. A classy atmosphere and a meat-market vibe keep things interesting.