Top 10 Best Electronic Nightclubs in San Francisco, CA [2020 GUIDE]

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With over 43 venues in San Francisco, there are many places to choose from whether you're looking for a crazy night out or a lounge atmosphere. Don't worry! We're going to list out the best clubs in San Francisco that you should definitely check out.

Temple

Best Electronic nightclub in San Francisco!
Temple

Temple prides itself in being a space that is created by artists, for artists. Its entertainment and nightlife are unrivaled in San Francisco. At the club, guests will be able to experience awe-inspiring, fully immersive state of the art lighting, visuals, custom sound system, and multiple rooms of music. From room to room, and VIP booth to VIP booth, the clubgoers will be able to experience music played by world-class performers and internationally renowned electronic DJs. Underneath the main floor is LVL 55, Temple's futuristic, lower level which is complete with fifteen VIP tables, a custom-made DJ booth, and open-format sounds. LVL 55 elicits an underground party appeal for guests who prefer to venture away from the main room sound and allows them to have a more intimate nightlife experience.

  • 540 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
  • SoMa
  • 10 PM - 4 AM Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Audio Discotech

Audio Discotech

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district, is Audio: one of the best mid-sized dance music venues in the world. Like Temple, Audio is also able to connect with its audience and give them exactly the type of experience they are looking for because it is a place that was designed by sound fanatics for sound fanatics. Audio had been specially curated to present a level of quality in both sound and musical talent unlike any other space to its visitors. Many international DJs already regard Audio as one of their favorite clubs with the best sound in San Francisco and Funktion One has chosen Audio to be the showcase venue for their immaculate system. With the world’s first Funktion One 3D surround system, flagship Funktion One speakers and a dynamic 3D lighting system, Audio is able to give their guests the perfect truly state-of-the-art immersive experience that combines the best sound, lighting and musical talent in an intimate setting. At Audio, clubgoers will also be able to talent such as the likes of Coyote Kisses, Foster the People, and more.

  • 316 11th St San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
  • SoMa
  • 10 PM - 2 AM Fridays and Saturdays
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Halcyon

Halcyon

A multipurpose space and venue, the idyllic nightclub Halcyon is located in a Victorian-era brick and steel-beamed warehouse in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. The venue which has a capacity for 400 is customizable to morph into whatever shape and ambiance the production demands. It offers a multi-sensory experience and is amazing anytime from dusk to dawn; with large skylights and high ceilings that let the sun stream in for daytime events, and with a contrasting, subversive evening set up of world class lighting, sound and production. From one wondrous manifestation to another, renowned DJs and talents are able to perform their artistry in front of the crowds night after night. Weekend nights at Halcyon feature DJs and semi-live performances by both local and world-famous techno and electronic artists, while Wednesdays are for cabaret nights, including varied performances and bottle service at the booths.

  • 314 11th St San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
  • SoMa
  • 10PM - 4AM Fri & Sat
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Great Northern

Great Northern

With stunningly glamorous interior décor and flawless specialized design work in all the details of the club, the Great Northern comes together to create a classy and sophisticated venue. The team that is behind Monarch Club weaves together an art deco inspired design with high tech sound and lighting, offering both the beauty from chandeliers and stained-glass windows to an out of this world DJ performance that is offset with giant LED projections and a restored classic Richard Long sound system. With an amazing array of cocktails and VIP bottle service, as well as the aerial acrobats performing as they dangle from the high beamed ceilings of the Great Northern, guests will be able to enjoy one of the most unique nightlife experiences in San Francisco.

  • 119 Utah St San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
  • Mission District
  • 9 PM - 2-3 AM on Fri & Sat, occasional weekday events
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Harlot

Harlot

Harlot Nightclub is a terrific nightspot that features internationally renowned DJs and hip hop artists that allows the guests to get up close and personal with some of the finest talent in the music industry. Located in the heart of downtown and SOMA district Harlot attracts its guests by fusing the appeal of exclusivity, spectacular production and quality sound powered by EAW and creating a stage that is set for the ultimate nightlife experience. The club gets its name from the local legends of San Francisco of the Barbary Coast era’s piracy and debauchery. The alleys of San Francisco’s South of Market district are named after the Barbary Coast era’s famous ladies of the evening, the eponymous “Harlots.” The club is named after one of the deeply coveted and highly respected Harlots who was admired for the services she provided. Time has passed, but the city’s lore remains. From her infamous dark alley, Harlot waits to please all who enter her doors.

  • 46 Minna St San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
  • Financial District
  • 9 PM - 2 AM Thurs - Sat
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

1015 Folsom

1015 Folsom

Famous DJs spin into the wee hours for packed crowds at this Friday & Saturday night dance club

  • 1015 Folsom Street San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
  • SoMa
  • 10 PM - 3 AM Fridays and Saturdays
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Origin

Origin

Brought to you by the owners of The Grand in SOMA, Origin is your destination for a high energy nightlife experience. Beautifully designed and uniquely decorated, Origin offers 8,000 square feet of timeless elegance making Origin – The Boutique Nightclub one of the most desirable night spots in San Francisco. Head to the Fillmore District/Western Addition area for music, moderately priced cocktails and lots of dancing in this expansive club that’s all balconies, stages and booming DJ music. A posh lounge with white sofas and big banquettes sets the stage for a spirited outing, and the upstairs bar and seating area is all leather, animal print and lowly lit luxury.

  • 1538 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94115 United States
  • Fillmore District
  • 10 PM - 2 AM Fridays and Saturdays
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Monarch

Monarch

The best kinds of clubs are owned by the sort people who care about the things that make a club good: the décor, the drinks, the staff and most importantly, the music. Monarch in San Francisco manages to get high marks on all three. The 300-person capacity spot is split into an upstairs bar and lounge area, with a downstairs dance floor with its own bar. Monarch’s design will catch your eyes – an intriguing mix of steampunk (tuba/chandelier? Check), modernism, dark wood, industrial accents, and almost burlesque flourishes. The main floor is split by a wall containing an acrobat’s perch, complete with swing and visible on either side. Plenty of cushy seating, and a free photo booth add to the appeal. The basement dance floor area is its own little world. Voted Best Sound System by SF Weekly, Monarch’s Void Acoustics rig – one of a very small handful in the U.S. – is a marvel of clarity and bass, anchored by their unique-looking horn speakers. The lighting tends to be minimal, really letting the sound stand out. With its poured concrete bar and DJ table, high ceilings (for a basement) and a couple of bottle service alcoves, the downstairs has played host to some amazing talent, from Miguel Migs, Julius Papp, SF icon David Harness, Marques Wyatt, the Fort Knox Five, and Martin Buttrich. The music trends mostly towards house and its sub-genres, but you’ll find a sprinkling of others, and the occasional live band. Despite its lofty name, the Monarch sits in San Francisco’s relatively um, shall we call it…sketchy? Mission neighborhood. Don’t let this stop you. The Monarch is a gem of little spot, and so long as you stay aware, you’ll be fine.

  • 101 6th St San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
  • SoMa
  • Tue – Fri: 5:30pm – 2am, Sat – Sun 9:00pm – 2:00am
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

F8

F8

Nestled into the heart of South of the Market in San Francisco, F8 provides its guests with a culture of eclectic music that ranges from House to Hip hop to Techno to Dubstep, and everything else in between. The main goal of the club is to have great music with everything else being supplementary. This however does not mean that the atmosphere or the ambiance of F8 is found lacking in comparison to the great music found playing at the club. F8 features an intimate atmosphere, some of the best drink specials in SF, as well as amazing vibes from the staff to the patrons. Proclaimed to be one of the last authentic clubs that remains vibrant till this day, F8 truly knows how to show its guests how to spend a great night out.

  • 1192 Folsom San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
  • SoMa
  • Varies depending on events
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Public Works

Public Works

Public Works is a multipurpose space in San Francisco’s Mission District, with space for a bar, live music venue and club, art gallery and workshops. The venue is equipped with hardwood floors, a Funktion-One soundsystem and multiple bars, with simple, spare decor to maximize space and allow adaptation to suit all sorts of settings or events. Public Works also has a community-oriented focus, offering discounted gallery space to local artists as well as donating a portion of its profits to charities and nonprofit organizations. Some highlight acts over the last 5 years include: Todd Terje (Live), Jeff Mills, Maceo Plex, Robag Wruhme, Acid Pauli, Dixon, Laurent Garnier, Moodyman, Bonobo (DJ set), Lee Burridge, James Murphy, Hot Since 82, Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set), Magda, Claude Von Stroke, Seth Troxler, Danny Tenaglia, Mount Kimbie, Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Four Tet, Questlove, DJ Harvey, John Talabot and more..

  • 161 Erie Street San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
  • Mission District
  • 10 - 4 AM Fri & Sat, weekdays depending on events
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

There are many other clubs available in San Francisco like August Hall, The Independent, Hotel VIA, Bergerac, Mezzanine

Check out the venues section for the full list of Electronic nightclubs.

San Francisco Nightclubs FAQ

What time does the headlining DJ usually start performing in San Francisco clubs?

The headlining DJ will usually start performing around 12:00 AM.

How long do DJs play in San Francisco?

The headlining DJ or artist usually plays a 1 to 2 hour set.

What is the dress code like at San Francisco Electronic nightclubs?

Guys can wear nice jeans and a form fitting plain t-shirt or a nice button down shirt. Girls can wear jeans or a comfortable but stylish dress if they prefer. Of course guys and girls can never go wrong with dressing up even more – there is no such thing as overdressing when it comes to clubs.

How can I get into San Francisco Electronic nightclubs for free?

Some San Francisco Electronic nightclubs have a free ladies guest list, and have a free even ratio guest list – free if you have the same number of girls (or more) in your party.

Keep in mind that many San Francisco Electronic nightclubs are more exclusive and require bottle service to get in. You can sign up for the guest list on our events page.

How can I book bottle service for San Francisco Electronic nightclubs?

You can book bottle service directly on Discotech by visiting the San Francisco page.

How much is bottle service at San Francisco clubs?

Bottle service and table minimums at Electronic nightclubs can get pretty expensive in San Francisco, but every nightclub is different.

The best way to find out is to visit the events page and choose the event you're thinking of going.

Should I buy tickets to get into San Francisco Electronic nightclubs?

If the nightclub has tickets, we recommend buying tickets during holiday weekends and for big name artists. The ticket line is generally faster and shorter than the guest list.

Many Electronic nightclubs in San Francisco are bottle service only – meaning you must book a table reservation in order to get inside.

Which San Francisco nightclubs play EDM and electronic music?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best EDM nightclubs in San Francisco.

Which San Francisco nightclubs play hip-hop?

Check out the full list on our guide to the best hip hop nightclubs in San Francisco.

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