Life on the road can be pricey, but fear not dear traveler!
We've rounded up a batch of discounts for guests, from neighborhood businesses as well as some major attractions. Most of the places listed below are within a few blocks of our hostel. When you check in, we'll give you a list of discounts and a handy map for finding savings nearby.
Want to check out some of the staff's favorite attractions, restaurants, and more ahead of time? Click here to see HI SF City Center's buckets!
Food and Drinks
Black Magic Voodoo Lounge -$5 well drinks or 24 oz. PBR, $6 draft beer.
Edinburgh Castle Pub -$1 off beer and well drinks until 10 p.m.
Gangway - Special happy hour drink prices all night.
Latin Grill Express - 15% off dinner menu, $4 sangria ($15 carafe), and the Hostel Special: Cuban pork sandwich with Cuban black beans for $8.
Lush Lounge -Special happy hour drink prices all night.
Tikka Masala -5% off food and drinks.
Yemeni’s Restaurant -10% off food and drinks. Read more here.
Zen Yai Thai -10% off food and drinks.
Arts and Recreation
American Conservatory Theater - One of San Francisco's most prominent stages, ACT offers half-price "rush" tickets to our hostel guests and HI members. Simply go to the box office up to 2 hours before showtime, and showing your membership card or paid receipt from your current hostel stay. The price of your ticket will vary between $7.25 and $40.00, based on the day of the week and seating section you choose. Tickets must be paid for in cash, and are subject to availability. ACT is located near Union Square, 6 blocks from our hostel.
Asian Art Museum - $2 off admission.
California Academy of Sciences - Named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the "New Wonders of the World," the California Academy of Sciences is the only place on Earth to combine a natural history museum, aquarium, planetarium, four-story rainforest dome, and world-class research and education facility under one roof. Blending seamlessly into the beautiful landscape of Golden Gate Park, the Academy is the world’s largest public green building, and is topped with a living roof -- a 2.5-acre expanse of native California plants that provide a habitat for birds, butterflies, and insects. Experience the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest, and fly to the outer reaches of the Universe -- all in one place by visiting the "Greenest Museum in the World." The Academy offers our guests 15 percent off tickets for both general admission and Thursday NightLife events. That means you get adult admission for $25.46 (regularly $29.95), student admission for $21.21 (regularly $24.95), or admission to NightLife for $10.20 (regularly $12). To receive the discount, go to calacademy.org/etickets2 and click on "Create new user account using existing Sales Code" (on the lower left of the page). Enter the Sales Code "SFHostels" (on the upper right of the page) and proceed with your order. Note: Discounted tickets must be purchased online or at our front desk.
Cartoon Art Museum -The Cartoon Art Museum collects, preserves, and displays original cartoon art in all its forms. This is the only museum of its kind in the western United States, and it's been delighting visitors of all ages since 1984. Our guests get $1 off admission.
Dopios - Dopios is an online platform that connects travelers with locals for advice and customized experiences. Use their website to find a guide who shares your interest in architecture, archery, alchemy, or any other activity from A to Zoology, and get to know the authentic side of San Francisco with the help of a local. Our guests get 10% off any purchase; enter the promo code "HIBA10" when you checkout.
International Art Museum of America - Located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, in the mid-Market cultural corridor, the International Art Museum of America shares works of art from around the world that are beautiful and exquisitely crafted, in order to promote spiritual health and cultural development. Located just a few blocks from the hostel, the museum offers our guests $1 off admission.
Magic Bus - No visit to San Francisco is complete without a trip through the city's psychedelic past! Magic Bus, a tour bus operator that specializes in 1960s nostalgia, will take you on a ride through the streets of San Francisco, now and then. It's a hippie-dippie technicolor journey from the Summer of Love to the Millennium, by way of Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, the Financial District, Haight-Ashbury, and Golden Gate Park. Our guests get a discounted rate of $30/ticket (regular price: $50).
Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours offers our guests a discounted rate of $18-22 per day (reg. $28-32) for city-ready mountain and hybrid bike. Helmet, lock, rear rack, camera bag, bungie cord, and map included in cost of rental. Performance, tandem, and other specialty bikes are also available.
For more on biking in San Francisco, see: Cycle the city with self-guided San Francisco bike routes.