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.
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.
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.
Located on the lobby level of the InterContinental San Francisco, the grappa bar has more than 120 selections of the specially distilled brandy, plus grappa-based cocktails and other wines, beers, and spirits.
Housed in a renovated brick warehouse in the heart of SOMA, the club hosts a regular mix of live shows, dancing, and other events, from gay dance parties to line dancing.
Characterized by its checkerboard Formica floor, sparkly walls, and hot pink facade, this vintage-style (the bar actually opened in 1998) Mission District salon has all the accouterments of an actual beauty bar, including rubber-stooled dryer chairs (the ones with those space-helmets designed to incubate your new perm) and, if youre lucky, a cute hipster manicurist to paint your nails. Not to mention the drinks are reasonably priced, especially for San Francisco. Beauty Bar gets packed on the weekends (and some weekdays) when rotating DJs come to spin hip-hop, funk, pop, and classics.
The south of Mission dive bar attracts a rock 'n' roll-type crowd with semi-regular live punk shows and other debauchery-inspiring events.