Top 10 Best 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 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
  • $$

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
  • $

Hawthorn

Hawthorn

The former Lot 46 location on Geary and Kearny has long sat vacant, but there’s a new taker in the form of Hawthorn, an upcoming bar, lounge and nightclub due to open on July 1st. The new spot comes from business partners Chadwick Baumbach (Kimpton Group, La Costanera) and Gabriel McWilliams. Designed as a bar and sunken late-night lounge and dance floor, the focus will be on a cocktail menu designed by Ethan Terry (Alembic, 15 Romolo), as well as a Void Tri-motion sound system that’s billed as the first of its kind in North America. Terry will seek to escape the general mediocrity of club cocktails with a menu of seven cocktails that follow the artisanal bent of the city’s elevated cocktail scene. Though the full drink menu isn’t yet available, we do know there’ll be a Midori Sour variant called the “Mucho Melon Sour,” (vodka, fresh cantaloupe, house-made jalapeño juice, lemon, Chareau Aloe liqueur and egg white). Also on the team are Nate Mezmer (EyeHeartSF), who will be in charge of booking musical talent, and Jenny Kiely (Mars Bar), who’ll manage front-of-house affairs. The interior design comes from Joshua Rowland Design Team, and aims for a a warm and sultry feel, with Austrian drapes and lavender ceiling swathes in addition to low lounge-style seating. At present, it’s not clear whether Lot 46’s treacherous set of stairs will remain to challenge future inebriates.

  • 46 Geary St San Francisco, CA 94108 United States
  • Union Square
  • 5 PM - 12 AM Tues, Wed, 5 PM - 2 AM Thurs, 9 PM - 2 AM Fri, Sat
  • 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
  • $$$

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
  • $$

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
  • $$$

There are many other clubs available in San Francisco like 1015 Folsom, The ROC, DNA Lounge, Origin, Monarch

Check out the venues section for the full list of 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 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 nightclubs for free?

Some San Francisco 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 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 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 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 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 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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