Coffee Beans

Members $12, Non-Members $15.
21+ event, ID required for entry.

Wake up and smell the coffee at NightLife's first-ever tribute to the Bay Area's favorite way to get buzzed. Sip samples from your favorite local roasters while learning everything there is to know about caffeine—and the hippest ways to get your fix.

The Buzzed Block
6:00 - 10:00pm,

  • Enjoy siphon, roasting demonstrations, and tastings from Andytown Roasters 
  • Discover the science behind coffee growing in different climates with Intelligentsia by trying their rare coffee grown at the highest elevation farm in the world!
  • Learn how to make, taste and use Coffee bitters with WorkHorse Rye.
  • Want more coffee in your libations? Stop by our Swamp Bar to try a chocolate-y Stout beer brewed with coffee. 

The Morning Ritual
(Project Lab)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
 Learn all about your favorite morning ritual with Ritual and their special see through espresso machine. Plus, check out the science behind their perfect cup (tip—it starts with the water!).

Ever wonder what causes us to line up for that liquid jolt? Hear about the toxicology of coffee from UC Berkeley research associate Dr. Gabriel Andreuccetti.

Language of Taste
(Science Today)
6:00 - 10:00pm,
 Get tips on how to speak coffee with Counter Culture as they break down the lexicon of coffee and offer complimentary tastings (while supplies last).

Music by DJ Jamie Jams.

Rainforest Theater
(The Forum, 2nd Floor)
7:00 pm,
Don’t miss your chance to don a pair of 3D glasses for the Academy’s all-new show 3D Earth: Rainforests, playing in the Forum Theater.

A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby. Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight!

All bars accept cash and credit cards.

6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.

6:00-10:00 pm, Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens in Color of Life

Please note: Planetarium seating is limited​. Admission is available to NightLife ​guests on a first-come, first-served basis. No passes required. We recommend arriving 20 minutes prior to showtime.

Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm

What’s the latest from Planet Earth?

7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Discover how life is connected in Habitat Earth, our latest original planetarium show.

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Upcoming NightLife Events

October 26th at 6:00 pm

The creatures come out at NightLife when the Academy transforms into a spine-tingling tribute to '80s horror.

November 2nd at 6:00 pm

Design and science unite for a special edition of NightLife curated by California College of the Arts.

November 9th at 6:00 pm

Feed your brain and body this week as NightLife explores the fascinating world of human health and wellness.

November 16th at 6:00 pm

Sink your teeth into BiteLife, our annual event celebrating all things edible.

NightLife is supported by the Koret Foundation.

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