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The Best Hip-Hop Clubs in San Francisco

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. And for the go-to hip-hop nightspots in every major city, check out the Discotech app or the Discotech website

Arena SF

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!

The Grand

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

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.

Raven Bar

A club for the people who aren’t that into clubs and the perfect place to drag the friends you can barely ever convince to go out with you. No one can resist a DJ spinning the best throwback 90’s tracks, not just limited to hip-hop. Even the most uptight friend will be getting sweaty on the dancefloor after hearing a few TLC songs at this laid back spot.

The ROC

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! 

Origin SF

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!

Empire Room

You’ll know your close to the Empire Room when you start seeing ladies and fellas dressed to the nines in Vegas-attire in the middle of Civic Center (you don’t typically see this in the area otherwise). The Empire Room brings the experience most crave when they go clubbing- big room equipped with chandeliers and lights, parties and events every weekend, and an emphasis on the VIP experience.

Planning an Epic Bachelor / Stag Party in Las Vegas

Marriage isn’t for the faint of heart, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile. Sin City is most definitely not for the faint of heart, but it too is worth the adventure. Great- a match made in heaven! Who cares if Vegas is the cliche Bachelor / Stag Party destination. It has earned that title for a reason. It’s time to send your best bud off to his next adventure into an unknown world of commitment and love. But first- it’s time to celebrate.. on a major scale.

The thing about Vegas you should acknowledge before planning the wildest weekend of your life is that it is impossible to be disappointed if you go in knowing what to expect. Expect to spend the equivalent to one month of rent (or more). Expect to leave feeling like every ounce of energy has been drained from your sorry, hungover soul. Expect hoping that this weekend’s escapades will never be brought up in front of anyone respectful. And of course, expect one helluva time.

Now let’s get to the details.

Bachelor Party Pre-planning

A solid group of 6-8 people is perfect. That way, everyone can book rooms in pairs on their own. Also, this is a good size group to split bottle service tables with because too little people would be WAY more expensive. Pick a region of the strip and make sure everyone coordinates to stay in a hotel in that area- if not in the same hotel. It’s best if everyone books rooms in the same hotel, for obvious reasons.

Try to plan for the bachelor weekend to be during a hot, eventful time that is not a holiday. Create a group text to figure all the details out and have the most well-connected friends reach out to Las Vegas promoters to lock down prices for tables weeks before. Or, to make the process easier, go on the Discotech app and search bottle service. The group text will also become a forum for discussing the debauchery all the guys are looking forward to!

As the weekend approaches, it’s time to start hitting the gym. No shame in working on a tan too! Remember, this is Vegas!

The Game Plan

We’ve created a guide game plan that seems like the perfect way to spend the weekend giving your pal a farewell to the single, wild, and free life.

Friday

  • Late afternoon: Arrive and check in to the hotel, grab a few drinks and get situated
  • Night: Group dinner at a nice steakhouse
  • Late night: Walk the strip and bar hop or hangout in the hotel bar. Hit up the casino if you have self-control. Remember you need that money the fund the next two days! This is the “calm before the storm” night.

Saturday

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  • Daytime: POOL PARTY!! Book a cabana or daybed for bottle service at a poppin’ pool party. Find the hottest event that weekend and go see a favorite DJ. For a Saturday day party, Wet Republic or Encore Beach Club are ALWAYS a good idea. Between the killer lineups and badass surroundings, these pools are a go-to for parties all Summer long. If you’re looking for a hip hop spot, we recommend Daylight or Rehab
  • If you’re not up for the day drinking, there are a plethora of other bachelor friendly activities in Vegas. 
    • Fly a fighter Jet – If you’ve ever harbored a Top Gun fantasy, well, grab your aviators, Maverick. Sky Combat Ace is the closest most of us will ever come to feeling the rush of a fighter pilot dancing through the skies. Book the Top Gun package, then get behind the controls and, with the aid of an instructor, undertake aerobatic maneuvers like torque rolls, tail spins and the hammerhead stall (that’s the one where the plane points up, stalls and drops backwards toward the earth). But don’t stop there: Sky Combat also offers air combat experiences, where you can ride along or pilot during simulated aerial dogfights and low level bombing runs.
    • Catch some Hockey – After years of aspiring to major league status, Las Vegas has finally joined the club this year with NHL expansion team Vegas Golden Knights. For those who clucked over how a hockey squad would draw with all the other entertainment options in close proximity, the answer is now apparent: really damn well. Seeing a Golden Knights game at the T-Mobile Arena isn’t just another hour of skating and sticking. It’s hockey a la Las Vegas, complete with celebs on the Jumbotron, “Viva Las Vegas” and a little extra glitz thrown in the mix. And when the puck stops spinning, you’re still on the Strip. Which might make a Golden Knights match the best pregame in town.
    • Catch a Show – Cirque du Soleil’s enchanting spectacles have long been the dominant entertainment force on the Strip, but they’ve helped give birth to something a bit more… naughty. Absinthe is one part circus, one part pelvic-thrusting comedy show, performed inside an intimate spiegeltent, where the acrobats are often teetering above your head. The ring-leader Gazillionaire’s explicit jokes set the tone, but the performers steal the show with killer dance moves, high-wire daring and other acts that are equal parts astounding, arousing and just plain strange. You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll uncontrollably blush. This ain’t your mama’s Vegas show.
    • Race some Exotic Cars – At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, home of several NASCAR races each year, you can spend the day behind the wheel of vehicles straight out of a Hollywood action flick: Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens and Porsches, all gassed up and ready to go. Book a session with Dream Racing, who will put you in a simulator before you saddle up and buckle your safety belt. Then hit the track and hold on tight. With an instructor riding shotgun, you’ll satisfy your adrenaline addiction but never feel out of control.
    • Throw an Axe – Channel your inner lumberjack or Viking at Axe Monkeys, a new range dedicated to the old-school art of chucking low-tech weapons at wood. Reserve a lane or two, absorb a quick safety briefing, than grab an axe, step to the line and throw. Not only is pitching an axe a pretty good rush, but the learning curve is steep, so you’ll be nailing your attempts in no time. When you’re ready to take it to the next level, upgrade to ninja stars, throwing knives or even metal player cards. You’re just one martini and a good suit away from 007 status.
    • Shoot some guns – Sure, you crush at Call of Duty, but have you ever actually held a sniper rifle in your hand and pulled the trigger? You can at Battlefield Vegas, where they have AR-15s, AK-47s and Glock 17s available for your target practice pleasure. Book packages inspired by video games, Platoon or even World War II, and you’ll learn how to safely operate a wide variety of weaponry. Free Humvee pickups are available and, for a cool $2,500, you can even crush a car in an Abrams tank. Only in Las Vegas.
    • Play with Construction Equipment – Push, pull and rip your way to excitement on D5G Bulldozers and Excavators with DigThis Vegas. After a safety orientation and warm up, you take the controls while your Dig This instructor guides you through a series of three exercises including Building huge mounds, Pushing gigantic tires and finally Teeter-Tottering over a mega mound!
  • Nighttime: After the pool party, try to crash out for a bit. Squeezing in a one hour nap WILL save you. An insane Saturday afternoon MUST be followed by an epic Saturday night. Head to Omnia or Hakkasan and have a table booked by the stage. Revel in the bass and take in the perfectly overwhelming atmosphere until the wee hours of the morning.

  • Late night / After Hours: There’s something to be said about those that can make it to this time. If that includes your entire group- you guys are some party veterans! From the hours of 4-8 am, a strip club is definitely on the agenda. Head to Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club for 24/7 raunchy fun- the perfect way to close out the insanity of Saturday’s happenings. If you’re looking to continue dancing, we recommend Drais After Hours

Sunday

  • Late morning: When you begin to roll out of bed, or (let’s face it you haven’t slept) start noticing the hangover is creeping in- do not let it! It’s time to kill two birds with one stone. Nothing is more notorious for accomplishing that than… BRUNCH! Vegas brunch buffets combine the best of both worlds- upscale, flavorful dining and the theme of “overdoing it” that Vegas knows all too well. Have a couple mimosas and indulge in the exquisite array of all sorts of breakfast/ lunch items. You will feel ready to take on the world in no time!

  • Afternoon: This is the only intermission from partying for the weekend- but it will not be a break from adrenaline at all. The Las Vegas area has several daytime adventures and excursions visitors often forget about. We think the best way to get the blood flowing and the excitement building is to take the team to the desert for some ATV riding!
  • Night: Okay, okay- the anticipation is killing you. How are you going to close out the last night of this legendary send-off to your no longer single friend?! XS Night Swim! Magical is an understatement. Everything about this Summer-long Sunday event is flawless, from the top tier DJ acts to the top notch cocktail servers. 

Monday

  • You made it! Drink water and share pictures in your group text. TIme for a much needed recovery day at home before you are all back to work. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

Best EDM (Electronic Dance) Clubs in Miami

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: 

Club Space

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.

E11even

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.

Heart

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!

Liv

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!

Nikki Beach

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!

Story

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.

Trade

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.

Treehouse

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!

Taco Bell’s 24-Hour Las Vegas Cantina, With Alcohol And DJ

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.

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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.

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Best Electronic Dance (EDM) Clubs in San Francisco

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:

1015 Folsom

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!

Audio

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.

Halcyon

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

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.

Public Works

Part-time club, part-time art gallery, Public Works is a wooden warehouse that draws Burners year-round to their Distrikt events. Bring cash, dress down, and grab a dirty dog on your way out!

Temple

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

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!