San Francisco's Bar History

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Part 1 - Early Nightlife

The Gold Rush and Silver Rush
(c. 1850 - 1870)

The Barbary Coast
(c. 1860 - 1900)

The Great Earthquake
(c. 1906 - 1915)

Prohibition Era
(c. 1920 - 1933)

 

Part 2 - Post World War II

Beat North Beach and
the Broadway Clubs
(c. 1945 - 1960) 

The Hippie Revolution
(c. 1964 − 1972)

The Punk Era
(c. 1977 − 1981)

The dot.com Boom
(c. 1995 - 2001)

Part 3 - Neighborhood Nightlife Today

North Beach

Chinatown

The Tenderloin

SOMA

The Mission

Haight Ashbury

Exploring the City's bars, saloons, cocktail lounges, nightclubs and dives.