There is something to be said about the Bay Area’s hip hop presence. Sure- it isn’t the ATL or Chicago. San Francisco might not have “hip hop soul” but it does know a thing or two about pleasing everyone. And in the words of Tupac- “California, knows how to party.” Hip-hop has a definite presence in SF. Here is a list of the hottest clubs in the city for the people who would take some solid lyrics and a beat over a synthesizer. So if you’re more of a twerker than a first bumper, read on to find out the best hip-hop nightclubs in San Francisco.
Mission statement: “I DO IT FOR THE RATCHETS”. Imported straight from Ktown LA, this new Mission hotspot is bumping Thursdays – Saturday nights. No cover at Arena SF – but the line can definitely get long. Bottle service is recommended – and prices are quite reasonable. Bottle service tends to sell out here so we recommend reserving a couple days in advance!
Between Latino Fridays and Freestyle Saturdays, you are all set at The Grand. A large Vegas-inspired nightclub, The Grand takes the cake for the big and bold when it comes to hip-hop clubs in the city. It isn’t too far from AT&T Park and close enough to Uber quickly to one of the other SoMa hip-hop hotspots. Sign up for free guestlist or book tables at the Grand using the Discotech app!
Holy Cow is a total retro Los Angeles feel club. Polished oaky wooden tables and thin industrial-feel rails perfect for holding on to while you drop it low characterize this Folsom street club’s renovation. Just a heads up- Holy Cow is said to be overpriced, but sometimes you can’t expect to put a price tag on a wild night out. Guestlist and table service available on the app.
If being surrounded by families and tourists on the Alcatraz tour just won’t cut it (we don’t blame you), head over to The ROC. This Alcatraz-themed bar and club brings the naughty to Fisherman’s Wharf. Expect a line out of the door on their most popular event, The ROC Fridays, drawing in tourists and locals alike who want to enjoy hip-hop music blaring from their state-of-the-art sound system. Browse upcoming events on the Discotech app!
You may not have known, but the owners of The Grand have brought another gift to San Francisco’s hip-hop scene, and it’s name is Origin. If you love the aesthetic of a stylish lounge and you don’t want to go all the way to SoMa for a nightlife experience, this Western Addition/ Fillmore venue is spot on. The decor is trendy, much like the boutique hotels of SF, which could be why they often refer to Origin as a “boutique nightclub.” They host fun talent and bump hip-hop, top 40 and EDM. RSVP to get on the guest list or book bottle service at Origin SF using the Discotech app!
As the newest and the most anticipated nightclub in San Francisco, LUV has delivered a breakthrough experience to the San Francisco nightlife scene. Whether you are a dance junkie, an avid party goer, or an occasional clubber; they have everything you could want or need to fall in LUV with their venue! Those with more exclusive tastes are able to take in the sounds of the DJ from one of our VIP tables in 3 different sections – either in the elevated section overlooking the dance floor, across from the DJ, or in front of the massive 15 foot LED screen. Enjoy a VIP experience like nowhere else in the Bay Area. Browse upcoming events on the Discotech app!
Vanity is the premier San Francisco nightlife destination with all of the elegance and class you could think of. Vanity offers deluxe amenities including VIP Bottle Service with VIP packages and varying themes to satisfy every indulgence. With 12,000 square feet of space, sensuous ladies on staff and all the VIP amenities you could dream of. RSVP for our guest list or reserve your table for upcoming events here!
Miami’s known for nightlife, so it’s no surprise that they have some of the best EDM clubs in the country that are open til the sun comes up! Whether you’re into big room house, underground techno, progressive house, deep house, dubstep, or trap, you’ll be sure to find a venue that suits your taste in this nocturnal neon city. Check out the Discotech app to view event calendars, sign up for free guestlists, buy tickets, and reserve tables. Here are some of the best dance clubs in Miami for your nightlife bucketlist:
Located in downtown Miami, 16-year old Club Space is an afterhours institution that’s open 24/7 on weekends. The multi-room club has an infamous terrace for those who want to welcome the sunrise with a bang! No dresscode, no judgment, and no last call! Now that’s a recipe for a rager.
Do Not Sit on the Furniture
Owned by DJ Behrouz and intimately referred to as Do Not Sit by the regulars, this forward-thinking South Beach gem is perfect for deep house and techno lovers who appreciate low-key venues focused on the music.
Part lounge, part restaurant, part strip club, part mega club…E11even truly has it all! Come here if you want to experience a glamorous night of people-watching and bottle popping with aerial dancers to boot….just remember: No pics allowed! What happens at E11even stays at E11even.
Another 24-hour option in downtown Miami, Heart is a multi-level, multi-genre playing afterhours spot boasting a spankin’ new Funktion One sound system. The wide open dancefloor is uninterrupted by VIP tables, so you know what their priorities are!
One of the most upscale clubs in South Beach, Liv attracts celebrities and big name DJs on the regular. Since it’s located at the Fontainebleau hotel, you could technically stay on the premises all weekend and experience the best of Miami 24/7! Come here if you want to splurge on VIP experiences and get LIT!
Infamous enough to have satellite operations across exotic international locations (Ibiza, Bali, Dubai, Saint Tropez, etc.), Nikki Beach is an indoor/outdoor danceclub+ seafood restaurant with one of the most fabulous Sunday brunch buffets in Miami! This isn’t your average brunch – think: DJs, live music, Go-go dancers, and an all around cool, energetic vibe that transports you to Ibiza!
Boasting one of the best sound systems and interiors of any club in the country, Story appeals to fans across all EDM genres, depending on the night. Fridays are generally for the big festival headliners, like Tiesto, while Saturdays are reserved for cutting edge underground acts, like Chris Liebing. Take your pick, though we recommend trying both! This high-end club never gets it wrong.
Located in the heart of South Beach on Collins Avenue, Trade’s jungle vibes and eclectic lineup will surely get you in the groove any given night. Distinct from many of the glitzy clubs in SoBe, Trade appeals to guests who are there for the music and want to skip the velvet rope rituals.
Kitschy, quirky, and cool, Treehouse is a triple threat. The atmosphere is dark and brooding with a slight nautical flair that makes you want to surf the sonic waves all night long. While the main dancehall is urban-chic, the outdoor patio is a lush lounge that helps you understand their whimsical name. Treehouse offers the perfect balance between a club and a lounge, and boasts an eclectic, vibrant crowd that will keep you coming back for more.
There’s always new venues opening up in the Magic City, so make sure to check out the Discotech app for updates on the latest, greatest edm clubs in Miami!
How can your Las Vegas experience with Discotech get any better? Taco Bell! Taco Bell’s latest location and flagship store for their ‘Cantina’ is right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, perfect for highlighting its 24-hour service, a ‘Freeze Wall’ featuring Freeze drinks with alcoholic add-ons, a DJ booth, communal tables, a second-floor lounge, and unique digital artwork. Opening its doors today, this Taco Bell ‘Cantina’ location is in the prime spot to capture the Vegas vibes.
If you love partaking in alcoholic beverages, and are jonesin’ for a chalupa, this Taco Bell is located on Harmon Corner, across from the Cosmopolitan Hotel and CityCenter, just perfect for your next bachelor party.
Oh, yeah, they also changed their logo to coincide with this Vegas grand opening.
Looking for the hottest clubs playing electronic dance music (EDM) in San Francisco? While the City by the Bay may not be known for its night life (yet), it’s a favorite stop for DJs, so there’s plenty of EDM shows to catch! Check out the Discotech app to view event calendars, sign up for free guestlists, buy tickets, and reserve tables. Here are some reliable electronic dance clubs in San Francisco to burn up the dancefloor any given weekend:
Bigger than you’d think once you get inside, 1015 Folsom is a bustling, multi-room ragefest where the crowd tends to be in their early-to-mid 20’s and the off-the-walls energy continues into the early morning. Not one to be predictable, 1015 features a diverse roster of DJs from Alesso to Duke Dumont to Trippy Turtle on any given night. Check out their calendar on the Discotech app to make sure you don’t miss your favorite act, and bring cash for the bar!
Upstairs from the craft cocktail lounge Bergerac, Audio SF is a trendy club that appeals to underground electronica fans and scenesters alike. Probably because their speakers and ambiance are world class. Not to mention the most amazing crepe truck in town next door that’s open til 4 in the mornin’!
Love and Propaganda
Run by the same people behind Audio, Love + Propaganda is the revamped ex-Vessel. The modern art decor is Instagram-worthy and the beats are bangin’. Make sure to bring ear plugs if you plan to be front and center on the dancefloor.
Recalling the Greek goddess of the same name, Halcyon is a fitting title for San Francisco’s freshest entry into its burgeoning house and techno clubbing scene.
Located next to fellow house haunt Audio SF—and around the corner from the city’s iconic Eagle club—Halcyon exists as a portal that transports revelers right to the revered black boxes that Ibiza used to be known for, with a laser-tight focus on delivering top-notch musical offerings and even greater vibes to its patrons. For many, the club provides the sort of clubbing experience that has yet to be offered in the Golden City, which historically has offered more low-key, intimate vibes than the show-stopping ones being served up in the new SOMA hotspot.
Thankfully, while Halcyon emulates the spirit of Ibiza megaclubs of yore, it does so without being addled with the uptight attitude and bottle-dominated economy that have plagued so many new clubs before it. Put simply: it delivers what made you fall in love with dance music the first time you heard it.
Upon arriving, guests are sure to be struck by the club’s easy-to-understand layout consisting of a single room, rather than the multi-environment labyrinths that had become the seeming standard in past years. The end result of this design choice? A uniform musical experience for all patrons, who don’t have to worry about how to find the bathrooms, who is playing in another room, or where their friends may be making out. At its end, clubbing is about making shared memories, and Halcyon is designed from the ground up in order to do so.
Monarch is not for the meek. You’ll notice that as soon as you roll up to their block. But that’s probably so they can weed out the imposters. The first act is the ground floor cocktail room that oozes boudoir Moulin Rouge vibes, acrobats and all. But for the second act, traverse downstairs to the dark, intimate basement where you’ll catch the kind of lineups you’d typically see in Berlin.
If you like the showmanship and glamour of Las Vegas clubs, Temple SF is your spot. Girls in high heels and tight dresses with their hair and nails did get down to headliners like the Chainsmokers. The line to get in can be long, so plan accordingly. Temple also features a hip hop room downstairs – a little something for everyone!
The Great Northern
Brought to you by the owners of Monarch, the Great Northern is the renovated ex-Mighty! The lineup hasn’t changed much (read: John Digweed, Guy Gerber, etc.), but the interior has morphed into a cavernous art deco space featuring a custom designed Void sound system. We like what we see, but more importantly, we like what we hear! Check Great Northern out and let us know what you think.
Verso is chic and spacious. Whether you want to get lost in techno tunes or mingle at your own private booth, Verso has it all. Not to mention the gorgeous cocktail lounge next door, Forgery, if you want to start your night out on an upscale note.
Ruby Skye (Now Closed)
Ah, Ruby Skye – it’s an SF dance club institution at this point. Don’t be fooled by the exquisite crown molding in this converted theater – Ruby RAVES. Wear your trance pants and see DJs like Ilan Bluestone and Cosmic Gate here, among other more mainstream, big-room acts. Look out for those laser beams!
Make sure to check out the ever-growing list of electronic dance clubs in San Francisco on Discotech… another night out, another dancefloor!
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