Top 9 Best Rap / Hip-Hop 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 Rap / Hip-Hop 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
  • $$

Love and Propaganda

Love and Propaganda

Located in the same location as the recently retired Vessel, the redesigned interior features “an industrial aesthetic juxtaposed with neoclassical elements with a punk edge.” Chandeliers, gilded art and black leather seating all adorn the 5,700 square foot club which will offer 3D projection to compliment the high fidelity sound. With regards to the entertainment, brothers Peter and Chris Doukakis (also of Audio) plan to book an eclectic mix of DJs with genres spanning nudisco, house and indie-dance.

  • 85 Campton Place San Francisco, CA 94108 United States
  • Financial District
  • 10 PM - 2 AM Fridays and Saturdays
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $

The Grand

The Grand

With it’s beautiful and classy décor, attractive and sophisticated interior, and a heap of production details, The Grand redefines nightclub entertainment in San Francisco. The club strives to bring the Las Vegas vibe to the Bay Area with the high level of energy that can be found all over the club from its lavish VIP table seating to the five levels that are all available for clubgoers to get their partying on. At The Grand, the guests are sure to immerse themselves in the ultimate nightclub experience. With the high production budget and the emphasis that The Grand puts on its production and entertainment, guests will be able to enjoy a lux night out.

  • 520 4th Street San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
  • Mission District
  • 10 PM - 2 AM Fri & Sat
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$$

Holy Cow

Holy Cow

Welcome to the newly remodeled Holy Cow Nightclub! Established in 1987, The Holy Cow has been an iconic go-to spot for socializing, dancing and fun. Consisting of attractive interiors, sophisticated decor and an intimate floor plan, The Holy Cow boasts 20 new elevated VIP bottle service booths for maximum visibility of the party, 2 fully stocked bars and unprecedented nightclub production. Located directly in the center of the our ultra chic venue is our state-of-the-art DJ Booth that delivers cutting edge music with impeccable sound. A unique outdoor patio offers a change of environment and allows guests to party under the stars.

  • 1535 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103 San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
  • SoMa
  • 10 PM - 2 AM Thurs, Friday, Saturday
  • Dress Code: Strict
  • $$

Arena

Arena

Created by the Arena Nightlife Group in 2018, as the second location of the club, and based off of its namesake in Koreatown, Los Angeles, Arena SF hopes to bring the SoCal relaxed and carefree vibe to the Bay Area. The club is located in the heart of the Mission District in San Francisco and plays Hip-Hop and R&B music Thursday to Saturday with no cover charge. Arena also lets the 18+ club come join the party Thursday nights and get their grind on while Fridays and Saturdays are limited to the 21+ club. Do it for the ratchets!

  • 2565 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
  • Mission District
  • Varies depending on 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
  • $$$

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
  • $$

The End Up

The End Up

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.

  • 401 6th St San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
  • SoMa
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

Mezzanine

Mezzanine

San Francisco’s Mezzanine nightclub operates in that unique little niche between live music venue and nightclub. Spread out over 12,000 feet with a nearly 1,000-person capacity dance floor, Mezzanine plays host to a wide variety of live music and DJ performances. Housed in an historic two-story warehouse, with high ceilings and large skylights, the main floor features three bars, a rectangular dance floor, overlooked by two separate mezzanine areas, each with their own bar. Seating on the ground floor is minimal at best, and the mezzanines are often VIP only, so if you don’t have a table, wear comfortable shoes. There’s also an indoor/outdoor smoking lounge for those who want to step out. The décor on the main floor is minimal industrial, with exposed concrete walls and plenty of unobstructed views. The Mezzanines are reasonably upscale, but not extravagant. Leather couches, velvet ottomans, polished hardwood tables, and animal prints abound. One very important detail management didn’t skip on? The sound system: an audiophile’s delight, a Funktion One. Which is a good thing since the list of superstar DJ types who have played here is impressive: Fat Boy Slim, Tiesto, Sasha, Digweed, Victor Calderone, Chemical Brothers, Thievery Corporation, The Crystal Method, Derrick Carter, 2ManyDJs, Miss Kittin, DJ Krush, and Ritchie Hawtin, among a long list of others.

  • 444 Jessie St San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
  • SoMa
  • 9 PM - 2 AM Fri & Sat, occasional weekday events
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • $$

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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 Rap / Hip-Hop 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 Rap / Hip-Hop nightclubs for free?

Some San Francisco Rap / Hip-Hop 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 Rap / Hip-Hop 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 Rap / Hip-Hop 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 Rap / Hip-Hop 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 Rap / Hip-Hop 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 Rap / Hip-Hop 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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