By CISL SF Student, Roman

If you study English at CISL San Francisco, it will be easy for you to make a lot of new friends from all over the world. You spend time with them in class and also maybe after class in the school activities. Today, I will recommend some places for to go out to with your friends at night. Unfortunately, you can only participate if you’re 21 or older.

Vesuvio Cafe (Columbus Avenue and Broadway)

The name “Vesuvio Cafe” is definitely misleading, because this place is a typical Bar and it is full of history. A lot of pictures of famous singers, actors, and other artists adorn the walls and some of them were frequent visitors in previous decades. This bar has two levels: a first floor and a mezzanine level on the second floor, but it isn’t very big. If you’re going to the Vesuvio Cafe with a large group, you shouldn’t go there during peak hours on a Friday or Saturday night.

The View (Fourth and Mission Street)

This is one of the rooftop bars in San Francisco and it offers a breathtaking view of the skyline of downtown San Francisco. The bar is located on the top of the Marriott Marquis Hotel just next to Market Street. Of course, the drinks are a bit more expensive than in other places, but you don’t have to pay an cover charge (entrance fee) like in a lot of other roof top bars. Even if they don’t have a bouncer, make sure that you don’t wear old shoes and your worn jeans because this place looks kind of fancy, and you don’t want to feel out of place.

Vertigo (Polk and Sutter Street)

Named after the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie, which was filmed in San Francisco, this place welcomes you to drink and dance. It’s best to go on a weekday, because you don’t have to pay a cover. Please be patient with the bartender, most of the time she is alone behind the bar, but she works faster than you ever could. Later in the night, they usually have a DJ, so you can dance.

Zeitgeist (Duboce and Valencia Street)

The name of the bar is a German word, but it’s not a German place. Zeitgeist consists of a big bar inside and an even bigger outdoor seating section in a backyard. Its located next to the freeway, which isn’t ideal, but the atmosphere is very relaxed and you can meet a lot of local people there. You can choose between many beers from all over the world, and you must try their hamburger which is made fresh on their open grill in the backyard.

San Francisco may have a lot of other great bars, but if you visit these places, I promise you will have a lot of fun with your friends. And if your friends don’t have time – try to explore these place on your own because you will easily meet a lot of new people.