SantaCon 2013: City-Wide Santa Pub Crawl | SF
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Union Square Park | Geary and Powell, San Francisco, CA
This flash mob-type event brings together hundreds of slightly sober people dressed in Santa costumes parading around the city, visiting landmarks (like walking down Lombard Street) drinking at bars, and causing general mayhem.
And just so you know, wearing a santa hat isn’t enough… get yourself a full-on santa suit.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 | Noon
Meet at Union Square Park, San Francisco
The main rules:
1) Wear a full-on santa suit
2) Don’t be a drunken jerk; don’t mess with the police, bartenders, or kids
3) Download santa’s song book
4) Bring a toy to donate at Union Square (optional, but awesome)
>> Full updated details for 2013 at http://sanfranciscosantarchy.wordpress.com
Toy Donations: New for 2013, bring a toy to with you to Union Square. There will be a SFFD fire truck parked outside of the Handlery Union Square Hotel, located at 351 Geary Street from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Noon: Meet at Union Square, give your toy to the fire truck, hang out and mix with the public, meet other Santas and then head out to one of the routes.
3 pm: Meet up at Duboce Park for a snowball fight. Yes, you heard right, Santa will be there with real snow.
4 pm: Head back the bars, parties, or head home.
Routes – All Day Parties and After Parties:
Please note, not all bars want to be listed here. Some bars are thinking of banning Santa. Don’t be the Santa that gives SantaCon a bad name. The listed bars are the ones who are really looking forward to seeing Santa. Treat them especially well. Most bars in the area have been warned/know that Santa is coming.
Head up Market Street to the Castro
Lookout – 3600 16th (Castro-Market)
Cafe Flore – 2298 Market (Noe)
Moby Dick – 4049 18th (Noe/Castro)
Twin Peaks – 4049 18th St (17th/18th)
The Mix – 4086 18th (Noe/Castro)
Harvey’s – 500 Castro (18th/19th)
Badlands – 4121 18th (Castro/Collingwood)
Lucky 13 – 2140 Market (15th – Church)
Lower Haight Route
Follow the Market/Castro route then hang a right at Church St. and make your way to Haight.
Nickie’s – 466 Haight (Fillmore/Webster)
Noc Noc – 557 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)
Molotov’s – 582 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)
Danny Coyle’s – 668 Haight (Pierce/Steiner)
Upper Haight Route
Take a cab to the Upper Haight or consider walking.
Hobson’s Choice – 1601 Haight (Belvedere/Clayton)
Polk Gulch/Tenderloin Route
Saunter over from Union Square; it’s not that far.
Lefty O’Doul’s – 333 Geary (Mason/Powell)
R Bar – 1176 Sutter (Polk/Larkin)
Ha-Ra – 875 Geary Street (Larkin)
The Brown Jug – 496 Eddy (Hyde)
Fly Bar – 1085 Sutter (Larkin)
Amsterdam Cafe – 937 Geary (Polk /Larkin)
Whiskey Thieves – 839 Geary (Larkin/Hyde)
Aunt Charlies – 133 Turk (Jones/Taylor)
Gangway – 841 Larkin (Geary)
McTeague’s Saloon – 1237 Polk (Sutter/Bush)
Shanghi Kelly’s – 2064 Polk St
Chinatown/North Beach Route
Head up Grant Street
Li-Po – 916 Grant (Washington/Jackson)
Bacchus Kirk – 925 Bush (Jones/Taylor)
Mr Bings- 201 Columbus at Pacific
Grant and Green- 1371 Grant
Vesuvio Cafe – 255 Columbus at Jack Kerouac
Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub. – 530 Jackson at Columbus
Tope- 1326 Grant near Green
Condor Club- 560 Broadway at Columbus
Maggie McGarry’s – 1353 Grant (Green/Vallejo)
Savoy Tivoli – 1434 Grant (Green/Union)
O’Reilly’s – 622 Green (Powell/Columbus)
North Star Cafe – 1560 Powell (Powell/Green)
The Saloon – 1232 Grant (Bway/Fresno)
Columbus Café – 562 Green (Columbus/Grant)
Specs’ Twelve Adler – 12 William Saroyan (Bway/Columbus)
Gino & Carlo – 548 Green (Columbus/Grant)
Amante – 570 Green (Columbus/Grant)
Tony Nik’s – 1534 Stockton (Columbus/Green)
The Boardroom – 1609 Powell (Green/Union)
Kennedy’s – 1040 Columbus (Chestnut/Francisco)
International Sports Club – 1000 Columbus (Chestnut)
From Union Square, Santa will either follow the Mission/Castro route and take a left on Valencia or jump on BART at Powell St. and get off at 16th Street. From there, Santa walks over to Valencia. There are tons of bars on Valencia between 16th and 17th and on 16th between Valencia and Guererro. Keep in mind that hipsters sleep late, so some bars may not be open until 2-3 pm.
Phoenix – 811 Valencia (19th) – Opens at 9:30 am
Elixir – 16th and Guererro – Open at 9 am
Delirium – 3139 16th (btwn Valencia & Guererro) – Opens 1 pm
Blondies – 540 Valencia (16th) – Opens 2 pm
Doc’s Clock – 2575 Mission (21st and 22nd) – opens at 4 pm
Esta Noche – 16th at Mission (3 pm)
Lexington – Lesbian Bar (5 pm)
Latin American Club – 3286 22nd (Valencia)
Make-Out Room – 3225 22nd (Mission)
500 Club – 500 Guerrero St
Casanova- 527 Valencia
Dalva – 3121 16th
Santa can’t count all the bars here.
Club 93 – 93 9th Street (at Mission)
End Up -6th & Harrison
Hole-in-the-Wall (10th & Folsom)
Powerhouse (10th & Folsom)
Eagle – 398 12th
East Bay Santas
Meet at Heinolds – Jack London Sq. at 10 am. Take the 11:30 am ferry to the SF Ferry Building ($6.25), arrive at noon and cut your own path or take a cab/BART to Union Sq. FYI, Clipper Cards are accepted on the ferry.
North Bay Santas
Your time comes on Friday, December 13, 2013 in the first ever SantaCon Night in Downtown San Rafael. Dress up your dog and your kid and come out for some family-friendly fun.
All Day Parties and After Parties – Some Santas like to find a place to hang all day or need a place to go dancing. Click the Facebook links provided for each location to see details and DJ lineups.
DNA Lounge – 375 11th Street
The Bootie SF Santacon Afterparty featuring Bootie SF Mashup madness.
Doors Open at 9 pm – goes till after hours – Fully dressed Santas get in free
Club OMG – 43 6th Street
Doors open at 1 pm – No Cover -Drink Specials for Santas all day
Sexy Ms. Santa contest at 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm and 1 am
Sexy Mr. Santa contest at 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm and 1 am
800 Larkin – 800 Larkin Street
Burning Man camp, Duckpond throw their annual party with huge DJ lineup, drink specials and fun for all.
No cover. Doors open at 1 pm.
Wish Bar and Lounge – 1539 Folsom
Who’s Your Santa guerillaBASS SantaCon Party
Featuring DJs from GuerillaBASS, STiRTy, Housepitality SF, DeepCity, and Deep Groove Society.
Doors open at 1 pm, goes till 2 am – No cover – They also accept toy donations here.
Public Works – 161 Erie Street
Santacon Funk Party
Featuring DJs from SpaceCowboys and Brass Tax and more.
Doors open at 6 pm, goes till 3 am – Get in free before midnight by going to the Facebook Event Link and indicate that you are “going”.
They will have that list at the door, otherwise, it’s a $5 cover. You can RSVP on Facebook up till 4 pm on Saturday.
Mayes Oyster House – 1233 Polk Street
DJs – food available – They also accept toy donations here.
Open at 2 pm – No cover before 5 pm, after that, it’s $10 unless you bring a toy, then it’s free.
Rouge Nightclub and Lounge/Nick’s Crispy Tacos – 1500 Broadway Street
Doors open at 10:30 am, goes till 2 am – DJs start at 6 pm
No cover – food available
SantaCon Food Truck Party
SoMa Streat Food Park – 428 11th Street (11th and Division, behind Costco) – Open 10 am to 10 pm – they also accept toy donations here.
Everything is subject to change – Dates, times, locations… check sanfranciscosantarchy.wordpress.com before heading out.
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