Some of the most fascinating people live right here in San Francisco. The Bay Area boasts a thriving nightlife and is a magnet for single, young, talented and creative professionals. Here are some of the best singles bars you’ll find in San Francisco.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat to Sun 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Located in downtown San Francisco, the Cellar is your destination to scout the well-dressed locals. This pleasantly unpretentious nightclub features a friendly bar staff mixing stiff cocktails in three separate areas with ample room for conversation or a little VIP action.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat to Sun – 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
The high beam ceilings in Lush Lounge give this space an open air quality even when packed with patrons. Its rustic decor is cozy and the working fireplace is a perfect backdrop to warm up to all possibilities. This joint is a triple threat with it’s people-watching balcony, hot looking locals, and happy hour every day of the week.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat to Sun – 7 p.m. – 2 p.m.
The smart, sexy and fun crowd at Rye roams the dimly-lit modern interior of this establishment looking for singles. Chill out with a game of pool or head toward the lounge area to enjoy a quality cocktail prepared by an amazing mixologist.
Hours: Tues – Fri 4:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Sat 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Sun 4:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
The vibe is relaxed in the two lounges featured at this Uptown District bar. With 5,000 square-feet of space, the swanky decor divides itself. The more lively, festive atmosphere is downstairs where you can dance to a DJ, or move the party upstairs for a more intimate gathering. Nooks, corners and leather sofas provide a lovely escape while sampling artisan cocktails or sampling local wine and beers.
Hours: Tues – Fri 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sun 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
At Otis, the intimate space attracts a young, underground crowd with a taste for R&B, soul and hip hop. Don’t miss the occasional celebrity sighting as well. You’ll find accommodating bartenders who know their libations. Also, the local artwork in this flatteringly low-lit lounge is a great conversation starter for those singles who are looking to mingle.
Robyn Chelsea-Seifert is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The Miami Herald, Creem, Hit Parader, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and International Musician. Check out her articles on Examiner.com here.