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This spacious gallery, once an industrial warehouse, now boasts a stage for performances, two sculpted copper and steel bars for mixers, and rotating exhibitions of contemporary art showcasing local and international artists, world class DJs, and film screenings.
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.
In addition to its frequent hip-hop and DJ showcases (including local and international acts), this SOMA club features video screenings, laser shows, and multimedia installations by artists associated with Blasthaus Gallery. Whereas many conventional club DJs swipe their sets directly from Top 40 radio playlists, Mezzanine performers get a lot more creative, challenging club-goers with new music or taking old music in new, funky directions, so it's never just about moving the crowd. Boasting two tiers and a labyrinthine dance floor, the club also includes a full bar and stage.
Despite its distance from all the main bus and BART lines, Mighty always has plenty of parking available. This swanky medium-size venue features a large dance floor and an elevated stage, where international and local DJs spin downtempo, hip-hop, breaks, or house, along with occasional live bands. Miguel Miggs and Julius Papp host the hip Saturday-night DJ extravaganza, "Salted," which features regular guests.