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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!

Ultimate Miami Bachelorette Party

Tired of hearing your girlfriends talk about the same old Vegas bachelorette party?  “Like OMG it was so fun!!! We hit up Michelle’s promoter and he got us a free table to see Tiesto and all we had to do was pretend we were into some guys.” Well, we have an alternative for you and it goes by the name of South Beach Miami where brides and her besties have recently been flocking to escape the chaos of Vegas but still party it up for one last hoorah. The home of J.Lo, Will Smith, and many celebrities alike, South Beach offers the best in nightlife, elaborate feasts, and of course, the infamous beaches.

Here’s our guide to the ultimate Miami bachelorette weekend:

WHERE TO STAY?

Miami offers some of the best beach-front luxurious hotels with a chic and sexy ambiance.

Fountainebleau

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Situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach. A total of 1,504 guestrooms offer luxurious comfort and amenities, from deluxe guestrooms and three bedroom suites, to breathtaking penthouses. The 20-acres oceanfront hotel features an expansive poolscape, a pristine Atlantic Ocean beach, state-of-the-art conference and event facilities, one chic nightlife venue, including LIV®, the ultra-exclusive and high-energy nightclub, home to celebrities and VIPS, and the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa.

At the direction of culinary celebrities from around the globe, Fontainebleau offers 12 fine dining and casual restaurants, bars and lounges. Signature dining experiences include Scarpetta by Scott Conant, the James Beard award recipient who has created a regional Italian menu combining the simplicity of Italy’s cucina rustica with the refined flavors of fine cuisine; Hakkasan, globally recognized as the pioneering concept that single-handedly changed the face of Chinese cuisine; Michael Mina 74, created uniquely for Fontainebleau, delivers a sophisticated, playful and inventive small plates-driven menu; and StripSteak by Michael Mina, the newest partnership with award-winning chef and restauranteur Michael Mina, will be a steakhouse for today’s adventurous diner.

Delano South Beach

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With its soaring lobby and subtle seductions, Delano is the hotel that changed South Beach forever. Designed by Philippe Starck, Delano South Beach balances eclectic details with grand public spaces that are playful, elegant, quietly theatrical and filled with all-night energy – proof that the new rules of chic are simplicity with a crisp, clean and modern sense of ease. Delano’s signature South Beach restaurant, Bianca, features an inventive Italian menu offering local, farm-to-table organic ingredients, while Umi Sushi and Sake Bar provides a casual dining experience, perfect for group dining. Sip one of the infamous cocktails and enjoy people-watching at the sophisticated Rose Bar. Delano Beach Club is the ultimate in poolside luxury, serving meals and cocktails from day into night. The subterranean lounge, FDR, serves as an ideal nightlife destination for the perfect night out in Miami’s South Beach. Unwind and rejuvenate at agua Spa, Delano’s rooftop wellness center where guests can enjoy traditional spa classics and luxurious pampering.

SLS Hotel

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The brainchild of Sam Nazarian, SLS Hotels has created a new paradigm in the luxury hotel experience that speaks to a global, sophisticated audience. Taking service and luxury standards from traditional 5-star hotels and injecting elements of creativity and community, SLS delivers a guest experience that seamlessly delivers service, style and fun. SLS Hotels are currently open in Beverly Hills, South Beach, and Las Vegas and are coming soon to New York City, The Bahamas, Seattle, and Philadelphia. SLS also houses the acclaimed Hyde Beach Day and Night Club.

WHERE TO EAT AND PARTY?

Baoli

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The Bâoli Group features three high standard gastronomic venues, Bâoli Cannes, Bâoli Beach (France) and Bâoli Miami. Each transforms into a partying paradise where conviviality reigns in between the stars and the international jet­setters. Bâoli Cannes has been the flagship locale of the budding Bâoli brand since 1999 and became an instant hit amongst A­-list clientele and the movers­-and­-shakers of the French Riviera.

The opening of Bâoli in Miami rang in a new era of nightlife and dining on South Beach’s shores: The venue imported France’s trademark sophistication and seamlessly merged it with Miami’s unique vibrancy and sass. Situated on one of the country’s most iconic streets Collins Avenue; the restaurant, lounge and club tempts and teases at any hour. Dinner patrons will take their palates on a culinary expedition, exploring unique Mediterranean and Asian flavors and when night falls, the inviting restaurant revamps into a playground for the nocturnal.

The Bâoli brand has played host to some of the world’s most famous DJ’s in both Miami and Cannes including Bob Sinclair, David Guetta, Timatti, Mitch LJ, Tito, Michael Cleis, Nico De Andrea, AcE aka Trey Smith, A$AP Rocky, Infinity Inc, B Crazy, and AVICII among many others.

Make reservations here.

Seaspice

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Seaspice is a seafood brasserie and lounge, where elegance lies in simplicity at its purest. It is a celebration of all the senses that marks the return to the core values of hospitality. The menu embraces the idea of comfort food while elevating it to new heights by introducing sophisticated techniques and heartfelt commitment to quality produce. The venue houses two wood burning ovens catering to our signature bread, handcrafted pizzettas, and our signature casseroles. The home of the seafood casserole, Seaspice continues to deliver the signature fare that has become part of the eatery’s recognition.

Located on the banks of the Miami River, the restaurant captures the essence of a waterfront experience by enveloping an outdoor lounge with an indoor dining room, both engaging stunning views of Miami’s downtown skyline. There are several dining accommodations offered. The interior main dining room and bar, an exterior courtyard, outdoor bar, a covered patio, and the new introduction to Seaspice, Modern Garden, featuring a Crudo bar and hot-stone concept. The specialty at Modern Garden, Crudos, offers a contemporary interpretation of exquisite raw fish and seafood flavored in olive oil, seasalt, citrus and fresh herbs. The hot stones feature a unique dining concept that involve searing prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood on a 850 degree volcanic stone slab served at your table. The space is outfitted with a distinctive architecturally designed sculpture which composes an art installation that is both visually engaging as well as space defining. An added bonus; 550 feet of private docking space.

Make reservations here.

Hyde Beach

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Already an icon in LA and Vegas, Hyde’s first Miami location keeps it celebrated style and energy going all day and all night in the heart of South Beach at The SLS Hotel. Hyde Beach offers artful mixology and cuisine from Jose Andrés — all in an over 8,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor space with a gorgeous pool and beach access.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hyde’s First Day and Nightlife Oceanfront Location
  • More than 8,000 Square Feet of Pool, Beach and Indoor-Outdoor Space
  • Offers Artful Mixology and José Andrés Cuisine Inspired by the Local Community

You can make bottle service reservations here!

Nikki Beach

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One of South Beach’s most elite clubs, Nikki Beach is located directly on the beach. With torches, palm trees, sand under your feet and the sky as your roof, it doesn’t get much better than this. Sunday afternoons are best, when everyone lazily wanders in to sip drinks after a day at the beach and the Sunday night singles scene really gets things sizzling. Sure it’s the beach, but dress to impress when coming for a night out, or you might not get in. While the club has limited hours of operation, the restaurant is open daily for lunch and all day on Sunday. Nikki Beach not only features both an outdoor club and a more intimate indoor space, but also a restaurant and lounge area complete with beds and hammocks. The club offers an experience geared towards the daytime (lounging, drinking, eating, and dancing) and the night, with outdoor parties on the weekends and all night parties on Sunday nights at the indoor club.

You can make daybed or cabana reservations here!