Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences

If God wanted to create an event that caters to your inner child as well as your cocktail-swizzling adult self, I think he’d be hard pressed to come up with something better than Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences – a museum turned nightclub for the 21+. Unfortunately, I will have to wait 2 more years till I can enjoy this venue, but in the meantime, let me walk you through it.

Fishes at the California Academy of Sciences. Photo provided by Wcities.


Every Thursday night, San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences hosts a Nightlife event where cocktails, dance and music meet creatures, habitats and plants. No matter what the theme of the night is, guests will still be able to peruse the museum’s stunning displays. The museum’s current special exhibit, Snakes and Lizards, contains over sixty reptiles from five different continents. In addition to that, the weekly Planetarium show is also a crowd-pleaser. You can get tickets to that via a first-come, first-serve system. Always present are the five different bars scattered about the building: the Lobby Bar (tequila), Swamp Bar (rum), The Aquarium Bar (vodka), Planetarium/DJ Bar (bourbon) and finally, the Snakes and Lizards Bar on the 3rd floor (gin).

The main events are of such a diverse range that you could come every week and expect a whole new experience each time. Some of the upcoming events include Comedy Nightlife with SF Sketchfest and the Dinosaur Burlesque Performance, which is a fossil show-and-tell on August 25th.

Of course, with the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival on the horizon, attending a show at one of San Francisco’s most popular venues is an absolute must! Tonight, August 11th, the museum will host one of the festival’s official night shows. It all begins at 7:30pm with Eskmo, the self-claimed “unclassifiable” producer of electronic music in the East Garden. Following that will be a live performance by LA-based indie darlings Best Coast. The rest of the evening is to be topped off with DJ spinners Motion Potion, DJ Platurn and Eric Sharp, as well as fortune tellers and caricature artists. That’s more than most people can handle in one night, so make sure you’re up for it.

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If you already have tickets lined up for Outside Lands, then this is definitely worth the extra purchase since you’ll also get to experience Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences. Surround yourself with pythons, cocktails, a dose of indie rock and electronic tunes, and you should have an unforgettable experience!


SF Outside Lands Official Website

Nightlife: California Academy of Sciences

Best Coast


SF Sketchfest

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