EDM, or electronic dance music, has moved up from the underground scene and is taking the music world by storm. In San Francisco, dance clubs and music venues alike are bringing in more and more DJs that have mastered the art of spinning EDM. Here are some of the best spots to rave on in San Francisco.
Located in SoMa, EPR is slightly different than the average nightclub. What makes this EDM haven different is the fact that the doors only open once a week on Wednesdays. The venue is home to two separate dance floors, both with live DJs and an upper floor with tables, cages, and dancing poles. There’s a full functioning bar although EPR is also 18+ for the younger EDM enthusiasts. Every Wednesday, there are different DJs in the lineup, and every couple of weeks, there are completely different themes to the night.
In the heart of Downtown San Francisco, Mezzanine has become one of the top venues for live music, clubbing, and many other types of events. And with two different bass booming sound systems, Mezzanine’s EDM events and concerts are just as legendary. The atmosphere is slightly more intimate than the average nightclub, although there is plenty of dance space on the huge dance floor. There are two stories to the space with two full bars downstairs. Upstairs is the VIP lounge with another full bar and bottle service.
Once the Stage Door Theater, and now an official landmark, Ruby Skye is the place for the EDM of San Francisco experience. The venue itself is huge, with two bars, a large performance stage, and even a winding staircase leading to the second floor. While an 18-and-over club, Ruby Skye’s second floor is specifically for the 21+ crowd. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the time to pay your cover, grab your friends, and trance out to great EDM.
At the newly renovated Temple Nightclub, there are two options: upstairs DJs spin EDM all night, and downstairs is more for the hip-hop lovers. Regardless, great music always comes out of this venue. LED lights all along the ceilings make for great light shows to move to. Cover charges vary night to night, depending on the particular DJ playing. The typical operating hours of Temple are Thursday through Saturday. However, the doors have been known to open occasionally on Sundays.
For solid deep house music that can be danced to all night long, Audio is the place. This intimate 21-and-up club recently opened in 2014 and has been booming and thumping Fridays and Saturdays ever since. Two bars sit on either side of the dance floor, upping the convenience of being able to grab a drink no matter which part of the club you’re in. Thousands of LED lights, disco balls, and even a 3D video projection all add to Audio’s unforgettable EDM experience.
Where the address is the same as the name, 1015 Folsom is a clubbers dream. Three stories high and five separate rooms that all hold full bars and DJ booths, 1015 Folsom has something for every ear. A large variety of music and DJs play here, but the 150,000+ watts of ultimate sound and professionally engineered sound environment create the ultimate San Francisco EDM experience.
Public Works is an art gallery by day and dance club by night. When the club is up and running, some rare and mesmerizing EDM fills Public Works. Two stories high, each floor houses a different DJ and plays different shows and events. Visual light shows, art gallery décor, and a full bar makes for a perfect venue to rave on.