Union Square is the name of San Francisco’s central shopping, hotel, and theatre district. The square itself – which is named after the rallies supporting the Union Army during the Civil War – benefitted from millions of dollars of redevelopment spending in recent years and now incorporates a stage for live performance.
Union Square is home to speakeasies such as Bourbon & Branch, a 1920s-style affair that nods to Prohibition-era America.
Housed in a listed building that dates from 1920, the Sir Francis Drake hotel is famous for its red-costumed Beefeater doormen. It oozes old world charm and elegance, with grand staircases, soaring gilded ceilings, marble walls, and crystal chandeliers. For cocktails, there’s a glamorous nightclub on the 21st floor, or experience a fun ‘drag brunch’ on Sundays.