Editor's Picks

Union Square Blog
Pride Flag
Bartlett Hall
June 26, 2015

Your Union Square SF Guide to Pride

Today kicks off a big weekend of celebration in SF! San Francisco’s Pride weekend is one of the biggest in the world with parties all across town, entertainment, dancing, revelry and the big shebang – a fabulous parade on Market St. 

The Big Parade 

SF’s Pride Parade is a fabulous celebration of acceptance, and this year’s theme is Equality without Exception. It runs all along Market Street from Steuart St. near the Embarcadero to 8th St. conveniently right past Union Square. Expect colorful costumes, all sorts of dancing and performances, and tons of creative and festive community floats! All in all there will be over 200 parade contingents, so grab a rainbow flag and come cheer everyone on.

Where to Eat Near the Parade

All that celebrating is sure to get you a bit hungry and thirsty!

Bartlett Hall makes a great spot to grab some bar bites, house-brewed beer and cocktails while you’re out and about enjoying the pride fun! Plus, they’re hosting a Mezcal tasting on Jun. 28 – scroll down to their calendar section for details.

BDK just joined the Union Square scene and has a variety of smaller bites to go along with their flavor-themed cocktail list.

Need a little caffeine boost – Mazarine is right on Market St. and serves up delicious avocado toast, yummy pastries and one of the best lattes in town. Try their cold nitrogen coffee if the weather is warm!

For other quick bites, consider the Westfield SF Centre, which boasts one of the best food courts we’ve ever seen. They’ll be decked out in their pride best, and you can grab a tasty bite from Amoura (a Mediterranean spot), Andale (fresh Mexican food), Coriander (a gourmet Thai place) or many other delish choices!

For a full sit down meal, we recommend Kin Khao for innovative, yet traditional Thai cuisine, and it’s not too far off Market St.

Where to Play Pride Weekend

Hawthorn will host a “Bartender’s Choice” happy hour Fri. Jun. 26, 5-9 pm, then dance the night away with Chris Clouse & DJ Zhaldee. Then, Sat. Jun. 27, join them for world-renowned DJ Dean Samaras and Nik Allen.

Union Square Live will present Locura in Union Square Park on Jun. 28, 2-4:30 pm. This Latin band mixes Rhumba, Flamenco and Afro-Cuban rhythms, great for dancing to or just enjoying the sun in the Square.

Book your night at Feinstein’s and enjoy Simply Barbara – a night with Barbara Streisand impersonator extraordinaire Steven Brinberg. Brinberg transforms into the star of song and stage and performs some of her most famous songs.

The Logistics

If you’re coming from outside the city, note that BART will be running extra and longer trains not posted to their website. Check their mobile website for info this weekend.