7 Things to Do at Night During San Francisco Blockchain Week

Conference: All Things SF Blockchain Week

Joe Hunt

The days during San Francisco Blockchain Week are going to be fun and busy, so take some time at night to rejuvenate yourself. San Francisco isn't just a tech center, it's one of the hospitality and entertainment capitals of the United States. Enjoy exploring the city and check out some of the events that are going on the same week as San Francisco Blockchain Week.

1. Happy Hours

If there's one thing that San Francisco techies arguably do better than techies from other cities, it’s happy hour. It must have something to do with smashing keyboards all day and staring at code for hours that pairs well with a nice local wine/beer/spirit. And, as far as a schmoozing city, San Francisco is notorious for its happy hour networking magic. Even if you’re not attending a specific blockchain happy hour this week, get out at night and brag about blockchain - trust us, you’ll be a hot item at the pub. 

  • Head over to Maybeck's for one of the cheapest happy hours in San Francisco - $7 for any drink or tapas, and they have oysters if you're inclined. You can stop by their on-the-early-side happy hour, which begins at 4:30 PM and goes until 6:00 PM. 
  • There’s a great jazz spot near the San Francisco Blockchain Week events that is always a favorite stop when we’re in the area. The Black Cat's happy hour is from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. 

  • If you're looking for a classier joint during the week, a place where you can talk business and look business, we recommend the Saratoga. Drinks are cheap as are some of the plates you can order here. It's a short happy hour, so if you have a 5:00 PM slot to talk code with that investor, head to the Saratoga for an hour.
  • Jones is the best outdoor bar in this part of town. Head over here for a bar that looks right onto one of the busiest streets in the city, and enjoy the fading daylight. Jones is an institution partly because of its 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM happy hour that is located near the heart of the city.

2. Miss Saigon

For those blockchain people who moonlight as theater fans, you’re in luck. Miss Saigon, the award-winning musical, makes its debut during San Francisco Blockchain Week. Miss Saigon tells the heartbreaking story of Kim, a Vietnamese woman who falls in love with an American GI during the Vietnam War. Romance, cultural touchstones, and political drama, this play will leave its mark. The show opens in the middle of the week on Tuesday, October 9th, so save this one till the end. You can get tickets here.


3. Sting & Shaggy

Need I say more than ‘Sting + Shaggy’? This collab will certainly be one for the memory banks. They just finished their collaborative album, but will, of course, be playing all their classics, respectively. I know I want to hear Sting feature on ‘Boombastic’. Start out your Blockchain Week with this show on Monday, October 8th at 8:00 pm.


4. Beneath The Surface

5. SF Symphony plays Dvořák and Prokofiev 

As San Francisco Blockchain Week winds to a close, and you’re looking for a traditional means of loosening up, head on over to the Davies Symphony Hall. The San Francisco Symphony is one of the best symphonies in the world, and they will be playing the masterpieces of Dvořák and Prokofiev. Give your brain a recharge, sit back, and relax to that sweet ear candy in this architectural beauty. Showtime is Friday 8/12 at 8:00 pm, grab tickets before they're gone. 


6. 15th Annual Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 Tasting

Calling all wine-lovers, this event is easier than renting a car and driving for one to two hours (one way) north of San Francisco to sit at a cold winery. Instead of trying to rush our vineyards, check this out after Tuesday’s San Francisco Blockchain Week events. Held once a year, Wine & Spirits magazine is celebrating the 100 wineries from around the world for 2018. Don’t miss out on that amazing Pinot your friend told you about from the hills of Mt. Fuji, it’s just a Lyft ride away from your hotel.


7. Litquake 2018

For those bibliophiles attending San Francisco Blockchain Week looking to unplug at the end of the week, look no further than Litquake, the annual literature festival in San Francisco. It’s a week-long event, but the first two nights line up with San Francisco Blockchain Week and offer quite a few treats. Check out Angie Chau’s discussion on immigration in America today, and the intersectionality of gender, race, and class and how it affects literature tastes. For full dates of the festival - check out their website.