DNA Lounge (SoMa)
Expect every night out at DNA Lounge to be a different experience from the last. DNA Lounge is best known for its extravagant themes that attract all sorts of crowds. Monday night is ‘Death Guild’ night where attendees get to embrace the world of goth/industrial music — but if this isn’t your style, stop by on Saturdays for the always changing ‘Bootie SF’ themed mashup nights. Prepare to bump elbows with people, as this place gets packed fast.
DNA Lounge, 375 11th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 626 1409
Bimbo’s 365 Club (Russian Hill)
As a spot that has hosted some of the biggest names in show business (Adele, The Isley Brothers, and The Temptations), Bimbo’s 365 is a legendary dance club and music hall in San Francisco. Bimbo’s opened in 1931 on Market Street and then moved to Columbus Avenue in 1951, but no matter the location, it has always served as a place where people could relax and have a good time (even during The Great Depression). Today, not much has changed! Be aware that there is a two drink minimum at every show.
Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 474 0365
Hawthorn (FiDi/Union Square)
If you’re not careful, you might miss Hawthorn on Geary Street. Once you’re in the doors and downstairs, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem that lies between the financial district and Union Square. With brick walls and swanky leather couches, you will instantly be transported to Hollywood in the 1930s. Dance the night away to old school joints and top 40 hits after work or for a night out. Mention Yelp, and you’ll get 15% off of the happy hour menu.
Hawthorn, 46 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 693 9255
Raven Bar and Lounge (SoMa)
Part cocktail lounge and part dance hall, Raven Bar and Lounge delivers the best of both worlds. Serving up reasonably priced cocktails (around $9) and beers (around $5), Raven stands out from pricier spots in SoMa. Relive your tween years when you head upstairs to the dance floor — Raven’s playlist includes a lot of great dance hits from the 1990s. Bring cash, as they do charge a $10 cover fee.
Raven Bar, 1151 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 431 1151
Ruby Skye (Union Square)
Home to some of the biggest events in San Francisco, Ruby Skye is a perennial favorite for regular party goers. Strategically designed, Ruby Skye caters to the 18+ crowd as well as the 21+ crowd — 18+ can head downstairs, while the 21+ crowd has claimed the upstairs level. Party it up and get down to hip-hop or electronic, depending on the night and the DJ. Considered by many to be ‘an oldie but goodie,’ Ruby Skye is more popular with the late 20-somethings.
Ruby Skye, 420 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 693 0777
The EndUp (SoMa)
Popular on Sundays, The EndUp is home to a unique party that takes place mid-morning to afternoon. ‘Sundaze,’ as it’s frequently called, features top 40 hip-hop and local Bay Area artists. Looking to party with celebrities? More often than not, Sundaze has a celebrity host like Cassie, Karrueche, or Jasmine Villegas — just to name a few. At The EndUp, the party never stops!
The EndUp, 401 6th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 646 0999
Double Dutch (Mission)
Let your inner rapper shine as you spit every line to your favorite hip-hop and rap songs at Double Dutch. Located in the heart of the Mission district on 16th and Valencia, Double Dutch is the go-to spot to hear hip-hop bangers from the 1990s and early 2000s. Break out your old school moves and sip on reasonably priced drinks all night.
Double Dutch, 3192 16th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 373 1042
Home to delicious food, well-made drinks, and good music, Butter is a triple threat. Butter can be described as a bit divey, but that makes the experience even sweeter. After you’ve worked up a sweat to a healthy mix of rock, hip-hop, top 40, mashups, and old school, order up a few White Castle cheeseburgers or Spaghettios (from the can!). Feeling a little adventurous? Order one of their many deep fried delicacies like Twinkies, PB&Js, or mac and cheese!
Butter, 354 11th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 863 5964