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A San Francisco Bachelor Party City Guide to Plan Your Weekend

Have a Cali-style bachelor party in the City by the Bay.
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by Allyson Johnson
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Allyson Johnson
Wedding Planning Contributor
  • Allyson writes articles for The Knot specializing in registries, wedding planning, and travel.
  • She’s written articles on such topics as best bachelorette and bachelor party destinations, top bridal shower games, and registry gifts.
  • Allyson has also written for WeddingWire, Brides.com, Brit + Co., and Bustle.
Updated May 12, 2021
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San Francisco may be known as the tech capital of the world, but this city has a lot more to offer than Silicon Valley. It's a foodie paradise (and a short drive from Napa's wine country), a bustling city with a lively nightlife, and a destination with lots to see from historic sites to waterfront views.

What Are Some San Francisco Bachelor Party Ideas?

The Bay Area is a great place to post up for a bachelor party weekend. San Francisco not only boasts gorgeous weather almost every time of year, it also has a ton to see and do for every type of groom. (And don't forget to thank the crew for showing up with some swag from The Knot Shop.)

For the Foodies

Whether you're seeking authentic flavors in San Francisco's iconic Chinatown, farm-to-table seasonal fare, Michelin-starred restaurants (there are a whopping 57 in the city!), or killer tacos off of a food truck, this city has a bite food everyone. And let's not forget the growing craft brewery scene, as well as its location just a short drive to Napa Valley.

For the History Buff

You wouldn't have to go far to find some of San Francisco's most iconic landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz island and its eponymous old prison, and Fisherman's Wharf right on the Bay.

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

Sure, San Francisco is a city of glass and steel, but it also can boast some of the best outdoor retreats in the country, both ni and right outside the city: Consider Yosemite and Golden Gate parks, as well as Muir Woods and Giant Sequoias, all of which are just a short day trip away. 

What Do You Do at a Bachelor Party in San Francisco?

Make the most of a San Francisco bachelor party with our ultimate itinerary for the perfect three-day weekend that gets in a little of everything!

Day 1

Morning: This weekend should start with a breakfast at Sweet Maple, where locally-sourced ingredients make up the ingredients of tasty dishes including Millionaire Bacon, Bay Bottom Omelettes with dungeness crab, and strawberry nutella crepes.
 
Afternoon: Get your bearings with a tour of San Francisco on the water. Bass Tub offers a super affordable, one-hour long tour of some of the best sites on a cruise along the Bay (note: they also offer deep sea fishing charters from San Fran, if that's more your speed). Along the cruise you'll see Alcatraz, the historic ships of Fisherman's Wharf, Fort Point, Crissy Fields, and the Golden Gate Bridge, among other sites. Grab lunch afterwards at Tacolicious where you'll find good bites, and a happy hour that starts at 3 p.m. and includes $8 margaritas and plenty of crispy tacos. 
 
Evening: After cleaning up, keep happy hour going at the Top of the Mark located on the 19th floor of the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel. The iconic spot offers amazing skyline views, a robust martini menu, and eight decades of history. Then you're off to dinner at House of Prime Rib, whose name basically says it all. This is a carnivore's kind of meal. Afterwards head to the Hi-Lo Club for cocktails and craft beers on your first night on the town.

Day 2

Morning: Start the day with an iconic San Francisco experience: A dim sum brunch! At Yank Sing, you'll find both traditional and contemporary dim sum dishes, including Mandarin dumplings, rice noodle soup with BBQ pork, steamed BBQ pork buns, and so much more.

Afternoon: Today, get a taste of San Francisco's craft brew scene on a Craft Beer Tour. This walking tour takes you to three breweries over the course of four hours, with tastings at each and tour of some of the breweries. Upgrade your toru to include lunch at one of the breweries, and if you want, add a wine spot to the venue list.
 
Evening: Dinner tonight is a fun one. At Urban Putt your meal comes with a side of… mini golf! Menu items include everything from chicken and waffle skewers to crispy chicken sandwiches and thin crust pizza, but the real thrill is the 14-hole high-tech mini golf course (and the bar, of course). Afterwards, keep the party going with Temple Nightclub, a multi-level complex with live DJs, dancing, and Vegas-style bottle service and tables on offer.

Day 3

Morning: Today starts with brunch at Bacon Bacon in Ashbury Heights. As you might guess, the menu revolves around bacon, with dishes like The Breakfast Bowl, made with scrambled eggs, pulled pork, chopped bacon, cheddar, and avocado, or the Frederick, and English muffin sandwich loaded with maple bacon pork sausage, cheddar cheese, fried eggs, and, well, bacon.

Afternoon: Use they day to explore spots you've yet to see in San Francisco. This can include a visit to the lively Mission District, a foodie crawl in Chinatown, or a tour of Alcatraz Island. Or, consider getting outside with a visit to Golden Gate Park, where you'll find hiking trails and awesome views of the city's skyline. A great spot for lunch or happy hour is at Anina, which offers cocktails, draft beers, and punch bowls along with a small food menu of empanadas. 

Evening: Grab dinner tonight at 25 Lusk, and snag a table on the rooftop if you can for views as epic as the menu. This celebrity-favorite spot offers bar bites like Bavarian-style pretzel bites, woodfired pizzas, and bratwurst on a pretzel bun, along with more upscale options like ahi tuna tartare and smoked rabbit stuffed shells. Don't forget to check out the extensive drink menu. 
After dinner on the roof, head to Pacific Cocktail Haven for craft cocktails or the speakeasy Bourbon and Branch. Or make your way to The Occidental Cigar Club, where you can enjoy spirits, wine, and beer with a good cigar. A great way to end your weekend.

Where Should I Stay in San Francisco for a Bachelor Party?

While you can easily walk specific neighborhoods of San Francisco, the city itself can be spread out if you're planning to visit some of the outskirts, but Ubers are reliable here. Just be warned: San Fran is an expensive city, and your stay will cost you a good portion of your bachelor party budget

Best San Francisco Bachelor Hotels

Best San Francisco Bachelor Party Home Rentals

  • A North Beach Apartment is a good option for small groups (up to 6) in walking distance to some sights. The apartment also has a rooftop deck with fire pit for taking in the city and enjoying drinks at home. 
  • Options can be limited for larger groups who want to stay downtown, but if you have the right budget, a Central Flat in Knob Hill makes sense for parties up to 10. 
  • If you're okay being a little outside of the downtown scene, consider a Modern Home that is just 15 minutes from Mission, downtown, and Union Square. With eight bedrooms that can sleep up to 15, this large group house is perfect for space and location. 
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