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Top 10 Best Nightclubs in San Francisco in 2020

Dance, dance, dance! There’s a variety of dance and nightclubs in San Francisco for every type of person and every kind of music and mood. If you’re looking for the best DJs, a place to groove to underground house, or somewhere to dance after hours, San Francisco’s got it.

Temple

Crowded dance floor at Temple San Francisco
An absolute must if you want bottle service in San Francisco

A venue for artists, by artists, Temple Nightclub offers a night life experience that is unrivaled in the San Francisco Bay Area. From awe-inspiring, fully immersive state of the art lighting and visuals, to a thumping custom sound system, multiple rooms of music, paired with world-class talent. On the street level lies the main nightclub where guests will find a custom DJ booth, thundering Void sound system, and 50,000 addressable, floor-to-ceiling LED bulbs. Surrounding the dance floor are seven VIP booths, which offer a high-energy experience for guests who wish to be at the center of the action.

Audio

Dance floor and view of the crowd at Audio SF
A sound system like you’ve never heard will have you dancing non-stop

In the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district exists one of the best mid-sized dance music venues in the world: Audio. Designed by sound fanatics for sound fanatics, Audio has been curated to present a level of quality in both sound and musical talent unlike any other space. Many international DJs already regard Audio as one of their favorite clubs with the best sound in San Francisco and Funktion One has now chosen Audio to be the showcase venue for their immaculate system. This new upgrade has allowed Audio to improve even further upon its already proven formula of combining the best sound, lighting and musical talent in an intimate setting. Upon entry, you’ll find yourself welcomed with the world’s first Funktion One 3D surround system, flagship Funktion One speakers and a dynamic 3D lighting system, creating a truly state-of-the-art immersive experience.

The Grand

Chandelier and dance floor at The Grand SF
With two floors and five separate levels of elevation, you’ll have a great view no matter where you are

By incorporating clever production elements, The Grand encourages a high level of energy and the ultimate nightclub experience. Dance the night away on the most energetic dance floors surrounded by lavish VIP table seating, with views of the entire nightclub from anywhere you sit. Experience 2 floors with five separate levels of elevation for maximum visibility. The Grand is the quintessential nightspot to be seen!

Harlot

Packed nightclub at Marlot SF
The Warriors have been known to celebrate here

Located in the heart of downtown and SOMA district, Harlot is a terrific nightspot in San Francisco featuring world class DJ talent up close and personal. Fusing the appeal of exclusivity, spectacular production and quality sound powered by EAW, Harlot sets the stage for the ultimate nightlife experience. As local legend tells, the alleys of San Francisco’s South of Market district are named after the Barbary Coast era’s famous ladies of the evening, the HARLOTS. Deeply coveted and highly respected, the Harlot was admired for the services she provided. Time has passed, but the city’s lore remains. From her infamous dark alley, Harlot waits to please all who enter her doors.

Arena

Hip Hop crowd at Arena San Francisco
Buckle up for a wild night

In the heart of the mission district in San Francisco. Thursdays (18+) & Fridays and Saturdays (21+) Hip Hop and R&B every night with no cover charge. Arena gets rowdy and wild, they even have a lit up sign saying “I do it for the Rachets”.

Halcyon

LED and dance floor at Halcyon San Francisco
World class lighting and production will have your senses heightened

Denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful. Synonyms: golden, joyful, flourishing, blissful. Halcyon is an early 1900s SOMA brick and steel-beamed warehouse, which has been transformed into a dynamic nightclub and special event space. The space offers a multi-sensory experience and is amazing anytime from dusk to dawn; with large skylights and high ceilings let the sun stream in for daytime events, with a contrasting, subversive evening set up of world class lighting, sound and production.

F8

Crowd right in front of the DJ at F8
Expect to hear anything from House to Dubstep, F8 doesn’t discriminate

Sitting in the heart of SOMA, f8 provides a culture of eclectic music ranging from House to Hip hop, Techno to Dubstep, Electro House to Drum and Bass and much more. Their main goal is music and everything else is supplementary, although they are proud to boast our intimate atmosphere, some of the best drink specials in SF and overall quality vibes from the staff to the patrons. Come one, come all. F8 is one of the last authentic clubs that remains vibrant till this day.

August Hall

Large gathering at August Hall's Concert venue
Catch your favorite artist at this concert venue

Live music and entertainment with special events, three full bars, and food by Fifth Arrow. August Hall has been built to be a flexible, multidisciplinary event space with a design that pays homage to the great history of the building. August Hall & Fifth Arrow house three distinct rooms and three lanes of bowling.

LUV

Dance floor and crowd at LUV San Francisco
The newest member of the nightlife circle in the Bay Area

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.

Great Northern

Lights, visuals and large crowd at Great Northern nightclub SF
With a taste for the arts, Great Northern has all the decorations and lights you want in a nightclub

Brought to you by the team behind Monarch, The Great Northern is weaving an art deco inspired design with high tech sound & lighting, The Great Northern sets a new standard for nightlife in San Francisco. The 80,000 watt custom Void sound system will likely be the the most hi fidelity nightclub sound you’ve ever experienced.


San Francisco Nightclubs FAQ

What time do San Francisco Nightclubs typically open?

The nightclubs open around 10 PM.

What time do San Francisco Nightclubs typically close?

Most close at 2 AM, but a couple will stay open later until 3 or even 4 AM.

What is the dress code like at San Francisco Nightclubs?

Guys can wear nice jeans and a form fitting plain t-shirt or a nice button down shirt. Girls can wear jeans or a comfortable but stylish dress if they prefer. Of course guys and girls can never go wrong with dressing up even more – there is no such thing as overdressing when it comes to nightclubs.

How can I book bottle service for San Francisco Nightclubs?

You can book table service using our free mobile app. Or, if you’re on desktop you can use our webapp.

How much is bottle service at San Francisco Nightclubs?

Table minimums can get pretty expensive, but every venue is different. The best way to find out is to use our app.

Best San Francisco Clubs with Free Guest List

Today, were off to check out some of the best clubs in San Francisco that offer a free Guest List! DISCLAIMER ALERT: Before we begin, I have to inform the readers of TWO very important things.

First, know that not every one of these venues will always have free guest list for an event. Depending on who’s performing, there may not be a guest list for that night, even if there has been free Guest List 10 nights before.

Second, not every guest list that’s offered will be free. Even if a Guest List was free Friday, it may not be Satruday. More often then not, depending on who’s performing, the Guest List is subject to change.

So how do you check to see Guest List details? Discotech has made this difficult and tedious process easy and simple. So, are you still looking for the best clubs offering free Guest List in San Francisco? Now you can see upcoming events, sign up for guest list and book table service directly on the free Discotech Mobile App. Or reach out to our helpline directly at 4157356716 – we can help you pick a spot for your next night out in San Francisco.

As you may already know, these lists are in alphabetical order, not ranking order. That way we can provide details and pictures and let you decide which club most appeals to you. So, to find your next favorite free spot in San Francisco, look no further. Here we go!

The Grand

Inspired by the Vegas experience, San Francisco’s The Grand is attempting to bring Sin City to the Bay. It starts when you get there, the massive multi-story, columned facade, lit up with spotlights and long lines. On entering you’ll see the white-leather padded bar, flanked by seating, and leading into the dark, wood-floored main room, with a good-sized dance floor headed by the DJ booth.

VIP/bottle service areas dot the downstairs, with plenty of seating and tables. The upstairs mezzanine area features more VIP sections, its own bar and its own restrooms. The bathrooms at The Grand are known as some of the best and cleanest in club land. The décor is modern and sleek, lots of gold accents, black, crimson and mahogany. The Grand tries to set itself apart from the crowd on production value.

From the Funktion One sound system and the elaborate lighting rig, to the bubble and confetti machines, foam, lightsticks, and balloons, to the acrobatic performances and a 30,000 LED light ball in the center of the room, and you definitely get the atmosphere.

Not the sort of place that draws on big-name talent to bring the crowds, most nights you’ll find established locals and smaller national names, with the occasional big event to keep things interesting (think Dirty Vegas, or “The World’s Sexiest DJ” & Playboy Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Playmate Colleen Shannon), usually playing a mix heavy on house, with bits of Top 40 and hip hop. The crowd is mid- to early-twenties, and the rule is dress to impress. The lines are usually pretty long, so check out upcoming events at The Grand to discover what’s happening that night. We also recommend you arrive early or get a section to guarantee you won’t be standing outside all night.

Halcyon

On Friday and Saturday nights, Halcyon will be a dance club, with electronic DJs and semi-live performances. But in the vein of nearby Public Works, Milano also plans to host weekly entertainment events like a Wednesday-night cabaret, complete with live dance performances, booths with bottle service and 56 cabaret tables. She’s also considering hosting dance classes on certain nights, including different types of line dancing in the evening and yoga-dance classes that will keep the space active during the day.

And of course, Halcyon will be available for corporate and private events as well. To accommodate all of these different uses, the layout and the lighting are being designed to allow the space to easily transform from one offering to another. With brick walls and a steel support structure, it’s a “very tough, raw, industrial-looking space,” so Milano and her team are working to give it a “nice shiny veneer,” she said.

LED lights are being added to the support beams, and she’s installing a “state-of-the-art” projection mapping system. “I’m single-handedly keeping LED producers in China at work right now,” Milano joked, describing the look of the finished space as “a tough bitch in designer clothing.” Choosing a name that symbolized her wide-ranging offerings wasn’t easy, but Halcyon has many relevant meanings, Milano said.

It’s “a cool word” that’s used to refer to blissful, carefree memories or a golden era, as well as the name of a popular dance record store in Brooklyn, where visiting DJs in the ’80s and ’90s would commonly stop in before shows. It’s also the name of two different birds: one from Greek mythology, and the other, Halcyonidae, a family of the African Kingfisher. The latter bird will grace one wall of the venue, in the form of an abstract mural. With all this and more, a free Guest List is definitely worth checking out. Simply click upcoming events at Halcyon to see the Guest List options.

Holy Cow

Welcome to the newly remodeled Holy Cow Nightclub! Established in 1987, The Holy Cow has been an iconic go-to spot for socializing, dancing and fun. Consisting of attractive interiors, sophisticated decor and an intimate floor plan, The Holy Cow boasts 20 new elevated VIP bottle service booths for maximum visibility of the party, 2 fully stocked bars and unprecedented nightclub production.

Located directly in the center of the our ultra chic venue is our state-of-the-art DJ Booth that delivers cutting edge music with impeccable sound. A unique outdoor patio offers a change of environment and allows guests to party under the stars. Hard to believe, but this venue like the others, offers a free Guest List. To get on the Guest List, click upcoming events at Holy Cow, to sign up now!

Temple

San Francisco’s popular Temple Nightclub underwent a complete redesign, reopening in October 2014. The 20,000-square-foot nightclub, located in SoMa, now features a 50,000 addressable LED immersive lighting sculpture and a Void Air Motion sound system. The venue comprises three different rooms: The main room holds 750 guests for receptions and includes bottle service tables as well as two full bars with one mezzanine-level bar. It also has a 16- by 12-foot stage, a DJ booth, and a 4- by 20-foot LED for visual projection.

Another space, called LVL 55, holds 350 for receptions and offers a full bar and enclosed DJ booth. The Infinity Lounge holds as many as 150 guests for receptions and includes a full bar, customizable DJ booth, and energy-generating dance floor. Expect electronic music (house, progressive house, deep house, etc) upstairs and hip hop downstairs on most nights. Be sure to click upcoming events at Temple Nightclub to sign up for free Guest List!

Temple (SF) Promo Code

Use promo code DISCO to get $2 off your ticket purchase at Temple San Francisco. This discount code is valid for most standard events, but may be invalid for special events and holidays. You can buy presale tickets to events at Temple here.

Buying presale tickets at Temple ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service and sign up for guestlists directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

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.

Jerry Brown Vetos 4 AM Nightlife Bill

Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the Late Night Bar Bill, or Senate Bill 905 last week on Septmeber 28. SB 905 would have adjusted the last call time to 4 a.m. in the cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, West Hollywood, Palm Springs, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Governor Brown added comment in a letter to the California Senate, where he shared the reasons for turning down the law:

“Without question, these two extra hours will result in more drinking. The business and cities in support of this bill see that as a good source of revenue. The California Highway Patrol, however strongly believes that this increased drinking will lead to more drunk driving.”

Three Clubs’ co-owner Marc Smith, is baffled by Brown’s decision. Smith believes there’s something missing in the governor’s statement, and the state and businesses will miss out on extra revenue. “Does he have an alcoholic relative or something?” asks Smith. “I’m shocked that he would go out on something like that. I thought he’d be more progressive. As long as its regulated properly, this should be law.”

Smith adds that there’s a significant difference between last call at 1:30 a.m., and at 3:30 a.m. “At 1 a.m., there’s a sweet spot. The bar gets really busy, there’s a rush for last call, then we kick people out. At 1:30 a.m., they’re amped and excited, and still want to hang out. But by 3:30 a.m., they’re ready to go home.”

August Hall & Fifth Arrow Replaces Ruby Skye & Slide

Ruby Skye, the turn-of-the-millennium club at 420 Mason St., and its companion bar, Slide — both of which closed earlier this year, will shortly become two new venues, August Hall and Fifth Arrow.

A project by Live Nation Entertainment and locals Nate Valentine, Scott Murphy, Justin Roja, and Chad Donnelly, August Hall will be a “live music and special event venue,” while Fifth Arrow is set to be come a “cocktail, dining, and gaming parlor with three bowling lanes. In other words, something terrible went away and something potentially really cool will replace it. Isn’t that refreshing?

Stacked on top of each other near Union Square — inside the circa-1890 Native Sons of the Golden West Building, which has housed theaters and clubs going back to the Second World War — the two will open in the spring. August Hall is named for architect August Headman, and the combination of 19th-century grandeur with 21st-century tech savvy will be able to accommodate upward of 750 guests for concerts plus up to 1,000 guests for dance events. All signs point to bottle service, although there will be three bars plus food.

Meanwhile, Fifth Arrow — a former speakeasy from the 1930s — takes its name from a “popular target point used by bowling aficionados for optimal scoring.” The team behind it has experience at numerous S.F. venues, such as Mamacita, The Tipsy Pig, Harper & Rye, Rambler at the Hotel Zeppelin) as well as event-production (Deckstar, Eventbrite) and music festivals (Snowglobe). Current renderings of the space appear dark and a little moody, evoking a classical atmosphere with a bit of mystery.

Temple Nightclub Denver Opening this Fall

San Francisco is home to one of the coolest nightclubs in the country: Temple. From the outside, it’s a rather unassuming place, but step inside and you’re transported to another dimension. The room gets its vibe from thousands of spherical lights protruding from the array of columns on the floor as well as the ceiling, making you feel like you’re in an actual space ship.

Now, Temple Nightclub will be arriving in Denver as part of the Zen Compound. The new compound will go live this fall in the old City Hall Event Venue at 1136 N. Broadway Street in Denver’s Capitol Hill and Golden Triangle Creative district. The nightclub will create a whole new nightlife experience, offering a 21 and over, fully immersive awe-inspiring lighting & visual experience, paired with world-class talent.

The new 20,000-square foot, three-story Zen Compound will open in stages with Temple Nightclub as the first concept to go live this fall. All three remaining concepts are expected to be up and running by the 2018 New Year.

“We see Denver as a sister city to San Francisco in many ways,” said San Francisco artist/DJ/entrepreneur Paul Hemming of his company’s expansion plan. “The Mile-High City is a major metropolitan hub and has an eclectic confluence of technology, music, art, entertainment and nightlife. It’s an exploding market with refined tastes, an entrepreneurial spirit and drive. Denver has a highly affluent market with appreciation for creativity and attention to detail.”

In Denver, construction is already underway and will bring 100 new jobs to residents; 80 of those positions are to be slotted for the nightclub. Hemming will lead design and oversee the architectural team and initial buildout, which calls for an aesthetic of “futuristic escapism” and theatrical elements while preserving key elements of the original structure. He’s also sole proprietor with a remarkable 20-year lease of the building.

Temple in SF brings hundreds of high quality DJs a year to its stage and we can expect the same from the upcoming Denver iteration.

“We found the perfect space and were able to assemble a great team and it all came together,” said Hemming.

So, stay tuned for more information about this new nightclub as it nears opening day and get excited, Colorado! This is going to be something special.

Love & Propaganda (SF) Promo Code

We do not currently have a promo code for Love & Propaganda.

You can book table service / cabanas and sign up for guestlists directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

Booking tables at Love & Propaganda ensures that you’ll get in – and also with expedited entry.

Audio Discotech (SF) Promo Code

We do not currently have a promo code for Audio Discotech. You can buy presale tickets to events at Audio Discotech here.

Buying presale tickets at Audio Discotech ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service / cabanas and sign up for guestlists directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.

Book a Cabana at SF’s Newest Rooftop Bar (Hotel Via)

It sounds pretty great: a swank rooftop bar overlooking SoMa and AT&T Park (walls) with a sleek design, curtained cabanas and designer cocktail menu. But there’s a catch. There’s always a catch.

The new 159-room Hotel VIA sits right next to the ballpark and boats a ground-floor Bar VIA open to the general public and offering a menu with price points that don’t contain a comma.

Eater brings us the news that Hotel VIA also possesses a 3,000-square-foot swoon-worthy rooftop bar called “Rooftop at VIA.” A mere glance at photographs of this airy spot will have you tossing on your trendiest sunglasses and racing to the King Street location for Instagram purposes before you get too excited, check your bank balance. The only way into RAV (tm: us) is to book a room at Hotel VIA (currently starting at $231.20 plus tax) or book yourself a 6-person cabana for $1,000.

It’s not clear if that price tag comes with bottle service and a nacho bar, but it should.

Alternately, you can rent out the whole place for what I assume us an ungodly sum of money. Claims the website, “Host the event that everyone will be talking about for years to come!”

Years to come? Really? Does Beyoncé make a contractually obligated appearance because RAV is cute and everything, but it’s a bar on a roof designed to further divide us by money.

VIA might want to slow its roll as it possesses one of THREE new rooftop hotel bars launching in San Francisco this year. While the other two (Mid-Market’s Yotel and Proper Hotel) aren’t open yet, we’re guessing they don’t charge a grand for the honor of breaching the front door.