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Old 12-17-2009, 12:15 AM
 
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Default What is open late?

Okay this is my second month in the city and I am very confused! Why does everything close so early here? The city is completely dead at 9 PM! There is no traffic on the streets, not a single pedestrian anywhere once it gets dark (except the loonies and homeless). Am I missing something or is there any neighborhood in the city where restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores etc are open after 10? This quiet, non-energetic lifestyle is completely driving me nuts! It feels almost like a wilderness camping experience.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:56 AM
 
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These are some of my favorite restaurants that stay open late:

Osha Thai (Geary and Leavensworth)

Vietnam (Broadway and Columbus)

Naan N Curry (8th and Irving)

There's also many lounges and clubs that stay open late, I never found SF boring until after 2 am.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:43 AM
 
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These are some of my favorite restaurants that stay open late:

Osha Thai (Geary and Leavensworth)

Vietnam (Broadway and Columbus)

Naan N Curry (8th and Irving)

There's also many lounges and clubs that stay open late, I never found SF boring until after 2 am.

Me either. Mostly everything is open late-late.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:47 AM
 
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Okay this is my second month in the city and I am very confused! Why does everything close so early here? The city is completely dead at 9 PM! There is no traffic on the streets, not a single pedestrian anywhere once it gets dark (except the loonies and homeless). Am I missing something or is there any neighborhood in the city where restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores etc are open after 10? This quiet, non-energetic lifestyle is completely driving me nuts! It feels almost like a wilderness camping experience.

Sorry, but I just have to ask -- Are you in San Francisco? Or in the suburbs of the city?
SF is anything but boring. I used to work at UCSF and I got off at 10:00 pm. There was plenty of traffic and lots of people meandering about.
You sure you got the right forum??
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:12 AM
 
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Yes I live in the city, in the inner sunset area. I am not talking about bars per se, which are open late everywhere. The grocery stores and I don't mean Safeway, the local ones are open typically from 7AM-6PM. How are you supposed to shop there because thats the working hours for most people! Many restaurants in inner sunset close at 9 and those that stay open are usually empty by 9! None of the bars in this area serve food. So after 10 PM your eating options are really limited. Most cities in the US has fast food chains that are open late or 24/7. SF doesn't have those chains and the local stores don't fill the gap. So my quesiton is are the other neighborhoods different? Because given the high number of restaurants I thought inner sunset is supposed to be a pretty lively area.

Haight street has lots of restaurants and bars. I walked there on a weekday around 9 PM and it pretty much I was the only regular person on the street. The place wasn't lively at all! There is no party scene going there really.

I found some places in TL or mission are open late. But those are not exactly the area where people walk at night. If you can't find parking close to where you are going, you are pretty much putting up your life and property in jeopardy.

So what is the option at night?
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:42 AM
 
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I found North Beach to pretty lively at night. Columbus Ave in particular.
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:39 PM
 
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I'm pretty sure the Sunset (inner or outer) is most defintitely NOT one of SF's livelier areas. I'd check out the Marina and North Beach and maybe SOMA for lively but safer areas.
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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The Sunset is basically North Daly City. Go east, my child.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:21 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Okay this is my second month in the city and I am very confused! Why does everything close so early here? The city is completely dead at 9 PM! There is no traffic on the streets, not a single pedestrian anywhere once it gets dark (except the loonies and homeless). Am I missing something or is there any neighborhood in the city where restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores etc are open after 10? This quiet, non-energetic lifestyle is completely driving me nuts! It feels almost like a wilderness camping experience.
(automaton voice) Must ... get ... up ... every ... day ... at ... dawn ... to ... go jogging / do yoga / etc! (/automaton voice).
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:45 PM
 
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This quiet, non-energetic lifestyle is completely driving me nuts! It feels almost like a wilderness camping experience.
Welcome to SF!

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So after 10 PM your eating options are really limited. Most cities in the US has fast food chains that are open late or 24/7. SF doesn't have those chains and the local stores don't fill the gap.
So what is the option at night?
Try the Taco Bell/KFC at Mission & Silver for quick 10pm dining. They are open until 11 and have a safe parking lot with a security guard. From Inner Sunset it is a very fast drive down O'Shaughnessy at night. The way back is a little confusing if you are not familiar with the one way streets like Rousseau St. The key here is easy and safe parking,there are much better restaurants mostly without guaranteed parking.

Taco Bell / KFC - Excelsior - San Francisco, CA

Driving Directions from 7th Ave & Irving St to 4285 Mission St
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