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Top 10 Best Clubs in San Francisco, CA [2023 GUIDE]

Top 10 Best Clubs in San Francisco, CA [2023 GUIDE]

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With over 60 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, CA that you should definitely check out.


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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.

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Audio Discotech

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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.

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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.

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Great Northern

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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.

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1015 Folsom

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

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YOLO Nightclub

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San Francisco's newest & most exclusive nightclub covering 8000+ sq with a full bar, artist's performance stage, state of art & custom sound system, multiple LED display panels, California's very first kinetic lighting system, huge dance floor, and leveled VIP booth seating. Yolo takes over in the location that once was home to Slim's.

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The Valencia Room

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The Valencia Room has a mission to preserve the culture of this iconic bar and the music venue. They intend to continue to provide the highest level of music talent in Mission SF.

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Public Works

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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..

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Eve Nightclub

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Eve Nightclub emerges from a spell and breathes new life to San Francisco nightlife. Located in the heart of SOMA’s entertainment district, Eve features a newly renovated space consisting of an intimate floor plan and timeless interior. Nestled between 3 massive LED screen facades, state-of-the-art sound system and confetti cannons, Eve’s dance floor overflows with energy. Plush seating, adorned in vibrant colors are available to reserve for VIP Bottle Service. Indulge in tasty cocktails mixed by our enchanted bartenders that serve behind 2 fully-stocked premium bars. Don’t forget to escape under the stars in Eve’s outdoor garden bar oasis.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Boutique cocktail lounge, Private Members' Nightclub. Formerly Harlot Nightclub.

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The End Up

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Known as San Francisco’s legendary after-hours nightclub, The Endup celebrates dance culture like no other venue. The thumping bass heard as you approach, tells you this place is not for the faint of heart. Conveniently located on 6th & Harrison in the SoMa district, The Endup delivers delivers premium nightlife and top-notch entertainment, creating a space where the two collide. The End Up is everything frightened evangelicals in the Bible Belt imagine San Francisco to be. It is home to the weirdoes (which is saying something in San Fran), the superheroes, the uber-scenesters, a wonderful contingent of drag queens, lots of shirtless, sweaty boys-who-like-boys, and an assortment of the most interesting people in the city. It is where the locals go when they’re done playing gigs, closing up the other clubs, and looking for something to do. The End Up is a freaky-deaky Shangri-La, where Playboy magazine noted – when it was named one of the country’s best afterhours clubs – “anything goes, and we mean anything.” The dive bar chic atmosphere is anchored by a large-ish bar, the dance floor is not huge, but big enough, broken up a bit by mirrored columns. The EAW sound system keeps the music coming through in high fidelity, and the lights and lasers keep things shiny and sparkly. There’s a back room lounge with a fireplace and plush white couches for taking a load off. The open-air, outdoor patio has wooden booths and benches, and is dotted by trees, accented with a bubbly fountain, and also hosts a food stand (hot dogs, dim sum, an assortment of snacks). The music trends towards house – San Fran icon David Harness makes regular appearances – but you’re as likely to find electro, nu disco, indie dance, and a little bit of everything else depending on what night, or morning, you show up. Regular parties are Thursday’s EDMSF, Friday’s Fever and Sunday morning’s T-Dance. A caveat before you make your way to the End Up: this is not clubbing for amateurs. The gay is strong with this place so if you’re squeamish, probably best to go back to your hotel. The intoxicant of choice for a lot of folks at the End Up is not booze, so don’t be surprised to see some rather wrung out people there (it is, after all an afterhours spot).

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Boom Boom Room

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San Francisco's Funkiest Club! Contact music@boomboomroom.com for band booking inquiries, Private Party Events, Group Parties, Company Parties and Exclusive Events. This is the original, World Renowned BooM BooM RooM!

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The Independent

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The Independent is known for its state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, as well as its perfect sightlines no matter where you’re dancing, making it one of San Francisco’s most popular places for live music. The Independent is home to so many genres of music, making it one of the most unique venues in San Francisco. The Independent is a 21+ club that features a wide variety of bands and musicians, many of whom could easily sell out a much bigger concert hall, but prefer the small and put-together space.

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Hotel VIA

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A boutique hotel in a full service neighborhood Where SOMA meets Mission Bay, Hotel VIA is steps away from San Francisco's most exciting destinations. Situated at the crossroads of sports, technology, culture and cuisine, Hotel VIA is as dynamic as it's South Beach neighborhood.

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The Mint

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Rich in history and aesthetics, this Greek Revival masterpiece accommodates everything like VIP parties and concerts in the heart of San Francisco.

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Great American Music Hall

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Voted #6 in the Best Clubs in America list by Rolling Stone magazine in 2013, San Francisco’s oldest and grandest nightclub, the Great American Music Hall carries guests back to an earlier, more elegant era, with its ornate balconies, soaring marble columns and elaborate ceiling frescoes. Long-time customers and newcomers alike feel at home in the 5,000-square-foot concert hall that symbolized renewal and optimism when it opened in 1907. Today, a professional sound and lighting system, two full bars, a modern kitchen and a spacious oak dance floor help to blend contemporary quality with turn-of-the-century graciousness.

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There are many other clubs available in San Francisco like these.

Check out the venues section for the full list of pool parties.

San Francisco Clubs 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 Clubs?

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 Clubs for free?

Some San Francisco Clubs 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 Clubs 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 Clubs?

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 San Francisco Clubs 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 and and choose the event you're thinking of going.

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