This cavernous SOMA warehouse is one of the best places in SF to catch hot international DJs and boogie down to everything from Eighties raver candy to psychedelic trance while watching cool laser light shows. There are three tiers and four dance floors, lavish VIP room, perfect for showcasing multiple genres on a single evening. The smallest chamber is choky with a low canvas ceiling, while the largest room takes up two floors and features a booming sound system. The clientele is young and potentially meat-marketish, but that might be one of the clubs perks.
The dive-y bar and dance club features occasional live DJs.
Tucked in an alley in San Francisco's SOMA district, 330 Ritch boasts a full-service kitchen and hosts rock bands and hip-hop DJs.
Elegant chandeliers and black-cushioned booths give this S.F. bar and restaurant an upscale ambiance, reinforced by bottle service and specialty cocktails like the honey basil gimlet. It's also available for private parties.
Amnesia is located right on Valencia Street in San Francisco's Mission District. It offers bluegrass and country music on Mondays. Tuesdays are generally reserved for karaoke. Wednesdays offer live jazz and late-night with Mitch Marcus' pick-up jazz session. Thursdays and Sundays have various live music from the indie scene in the city. Friday and Saturday have DJs and dancing. Some night have covers, so call ahead.
DJs spin everything from German electro to London grime to swank drum ’n’ bass beats at this SOMA nightclub, which generally caters to the Abercrombie & Fitch crowd, but also attracts a lot of drifters, with the accessible downtown location mostly to blame. Boasting a full bar and small dance floor, the interior is spare, but gorgeous nonetheless; the walls are painted in earthtones and decorated with pop-art-inspired collages and handsome vintage portraits. Irie Cartel spins dubstep every Thursday.
You may miss it if you werent looking for it, but the Argus Lounge on Mission Street past Cesar Chavez is actually a hopping little spot. Contrary to how its name sounds, the Argus has nothing to do with sailing: Its peacock theme is based on the Greek legend of Argus, a multi-eyed monster whose eyes end up in peacock feathers. This long, narrow, retro-style bar features DJs and bands nearly every night of the week. However, no more than four band members can comfortably fit in the tiny corner stage area by the front door. This is a great place to bring a date: unpretentious, hip, and cozy enough to still hold a conversation while the music plays.
Comprised of a lounge, subterranean dance club, bar, and restaurant and staffed by Asian gender-illusionists, who double as performers hourly. The second Friday of each month DJs Floorcraft, Iyad, and John Andrew spin progressive, tribal, and tech-house with special guests, no cover; Ladies Night Out every third Friday of the month with an all-male revue, $10 before midnight; and drum 'n' bass with DJ M and guests on the fourth Friday, $8 presale. Style Saturdays 10 p.m.-3 a.m. on the green laser dance floor with hip-hop, R&B and top 40's, $10; also on Saturdays is Club Boonda with DJs Pause and Smooth Doctor No, no cover. Kitchen serves Asian fusion with special prix-fixe menus. Keep your eye on the dragon, and reserve your table online.
The 8,000 square-foot space is sectioned into three spaces, allowing patrons to alternate between a mellow lounge area (which has a huge fish tank), a full bar equipped with a billiards table and visited by weekly DJ's, and a spacious second-floor dance area. Opt for a private table setup for VIP service.
Lighting may be lacking in this dimly lit dive bar, but the drinks are strong, the bathroom graffiti is abundant, and because the narrow bar space fills up easily, good times are sure to be had.
Features a full bar with specialty cocktails and an extensive wine list. Azul's multi-level lounge can accommodate private and semi-private parties of up to 150 people.
This upscale, three-tiered Soma restaurant and supperclub features live jazz Monday through Thursday, for no cover. Enjoy all the trappings of haute cuisine with Bacar's selection of late-night appetizers and its extensive wine list.
Complete with bamboo walls and other tropical-themed embellishments, the San Francisco tiki bar offers a multitude of brain-freezing, hangover-inducing drinks. You might recoil at the thought of imbibing an entire flaming volcano bowl, but the next day you'll marvel at how you somehow downed two of the massive cocktails.