Top Five Nightclubs In San Francisco

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San Francisco’s club and nightlife scene is as eclectic as the city itself.  From trance to salsa, lounges to dance floors, DJs to live bands, there is something for everyone in the night scene.  Whatever suits you in the evening’s moment, you’ll find it in San Francisco.  Check out our top five list of clubs and nightlife.

1 Harlot

Always a packed scene, Harlot is the spot to meet San Francisco’s most gorgeous crowd. A night at Harlot is like being transported to one of the most exclusive clubs in Paris.

It is all about a dark & sexy atmosphere at Harlot.  The beautiful semi-private upstairs area is fully equipped with a bar, lounge couches, and small dance area.  It is an impressive place to reserve for a group of friends.  Downstairs, enjoy the bar, mingle with the crowd seated in the lounge area, or shake it up on the dance floor.  DJs always play to the crowd any night of the week; you could be listening to a remix of Gaga one minute, then Prince the next!  No matter what, the dance floor is always packed and full of fun.

Tip #1 for ladies and Gentlemen:  Take it up a notch in the sexy department.

Tip #2 for ladies and gentlemen:  Don’t be daunted by the line outside.  Yes, Harlot is very selective about letting everyone in at once, rest assured that the line is well worth the wait.  If you arrive before 10pm, you have a much greater chance of getting in quickly.

Tip #3.  This one is for the ladies.  if you have fierce girlfriends who want to do it swank for a night, then Harlot should be top of your list.  High heels, short skirts, and nice smiles will always get you in the door.

46 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
cross street: 1st and 2nd Street
District: Downtown/Financial District

2 Temple

Looking for heart-pumping music in a massive club with an upscale scene that closes at 3am?  (Yes, 3am!)  Temple’s impressive size, upscale ambiance, and music diversity trumps most clubs in all of San Francisco.

Temple’s Shrine room typically plays House, Top 40, Hip-Hop, Mash-ups, and Pop.  With such variety, there is no excuse to spend any part of the evening not dancing.  To satisfy your thirst, there are two bars on opposite ends along with several booths and tables for bottle service.  You’ll want to oversee all of the action on the dance floor, so move to the upper level with tables and booths for bottle service.

The second room—the Destiny Lounge—is a sexy room with blue back lighting and low leather couches.  This room much cozier than the Shrine room and has one bar.  Trance music is typically played, but Temple also chooses from a variety depending on the night.

The Catacomb room, also known as “the cave”, is perhaps the most intriguing room of all with a dark and sultry ambiance and low-ceilings.  There is one bar and three to four tables for bottle service. Hip Hop music is always played.

Tip for ladies:  Dress to impress, but be comfortable enough to dance in a crowded space

Tip for gentlemen:  No jeans or sneakers.  Dress to dance, but keep it classy.

540 Howard St
(between 1st St & James Lick Fwy)
San Francisco, CA 94105

District: SOMA

3 111 Minna

111 Minna is a nightlife venue that never loses its luster.

An art gallery by day, event space by night, 111 Minna always attracts a sophisticated crowd.  Enjoy world-class DJs, live performances, networking events—all while gazing at the featured art on the gallery walls.  Wednesday nights are the typically packed for happy hour and amazing DJs.

If you have a love for art, music & enjoy mingling with a beautiful, eclectic group of people with a drink in hand, Minna is the spot.  Excited to see what the 111 Minna has in store?  Go check it out what’s on the schedule.

Tip #1 for Ladies and gentleman:  Check the calendar of events for the week.  You might find something unexpected.

Tip #2 for ladies and gentleman:  The atmosphere is usually “smart” casual, but again, check the calendar as there may be a dress code and cover for the evening.

111 Minna St
(between 2nd St & New Montgomery St)
San Francisco, CA 94105
District:  SOMA

4 Vessel

Vessel is a sleek and upscale nightclub located near Union Square.  At first glance, the space appears small - but walk past the coat check and down the stairs to find a sleek, spacious venue.   From the posh couch pillows to the polished, professional staff - everything about this club is chic, and comfortable. A long, dark bar lines the right side of the room underneath the stairs. Bartenders are attentive and serve up shots with sweet smiles. Luxurious couches and tiny tables outline an intimate dance floor.  The DJ plays house hits from the elevated stage space at the front of the room, keeping the crowd moving at an enjoyable pace. F

Vessel's superb service and stylish space makes it the perfect place for a hot Saturday Night!

Tip for ladies and Gentleman:  Vessel has been known for its many A-list celebrity spottings.  With that said, chic and upscale says it best.

85 Campton Pl
(at Stockton St)
San Francisco, CA 94108
District: Union Square

5 Café cocomo

Salsa anyone?  Café Cocomo is the premiere nightclub for salsa dancing.

Cocomo offers a free beginner, then intermediate lesson starting at 8pm.  At 10pm, get ready to put your sexy salsa skills to the test with an amazing live band every Thursday and Saturday night.

Café Cocomo gets packed for good reason--a great vibe!  People are friendly and most everyone is out on the dance floor at some point in the evening.  Yes, the salsa gets serious here, but fortunately, the attitude is generally relaxed.  Wheather you want to learn or are already a pro, everyone will feel comfortable to dance.

The venue boasts a large ground-floor dance area with a bar and lounge tucked away in the back.  The second floor has more mellow energy with lounge seating and a smaller bar.   It is also a prime place to people watch.  If that isn’t enough, you’ll find the spacious outdoor patio when you need to cool off between dances.

Tip #1 for Ladies:  Cocomo is a good place to go solo. You'll feel comfortable and won't be off the dance floor for long.  Wear your most comfortable heals and short flowy skirts.

Tip #2 for Ladies and gentlemen:  If you happen to miss the lesson, then have no fear!  The bar is very friendly.  Order a drink, have a seat upstairs, have a view of the dancing, and get out on the dance floor when you’re inspired.

650 Indiana St
(between 18th St & 19th St)
San Francisco, CA 94107

District:  Potrero Hill

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