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Mighty SF Closed – Reopening as Great Northern

After purchasing Utah Street nightclub Mighty in May and closing its doors at the end of July, the owners of Monarch are reopening the warehouse nightclub tomorrow night, with a whole new name, look and feel.

In a video sent to Monarch’s email subscribers today, the ownership team offered a sneak peek inside the new Utah Street dance club, which has been renamed The Great Northern.

Like Mighty, the new venue will offer live shows, DJs and performances. Its new concept is “future deco,” weaving technology and modern aesthetics into an “old theater” feel.

Key features include a stained-glass window behind the spacious bar that uses LED panels to mimic a real window, a custom sound system, more space to dance, and cozy nooks throughout.

 

4 A.M. Last Call Proposed for California Clubs

Young tourists seeking a taste of Los Angeles nightlife are almost always in for a bitter pill. As originally reported on L.A. Weekly.

Expecting Hollywood glamour and all-night partying on a world-class level, revelers from out of town are more likely to get kicked to the curb at 2 a.m. because of California’s strict alcohol laws.

It’s embarrassing. State Sen. Mark Leno today announced that he has introduced legislation that would change our party pooper ways:

He wants to allow local governments to extend drinking hours until 4 a.m. Woot-woot?

Leno:
“This legislation would allow destination cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego to start local conversations about the possibility of expanding nightlife and the benefits it could provide the community by boosting jobs, tourism and local tax revenue.”

His bill, SB 635, would allow only nightclubs and restaurants to go until 4 a.m. (Stores that sell alcohol would still be subject to earlier hours).

Leno’s office says it would help bring California nightlife in line with that of such after-hours beacons as Las Vegas, New York, Chicago and Miami.

The legislation is supported by the California Restaurant Association.

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Some have argued that having all the drunk people leave bars at 2 a.m. puts pressure on communities and police, and that later closing times might actually spread the burden and allow some to sober up if they so chose.

Matt Gray, executive director of Taxpayers for Improving Public Safety:

“Uniform closing times put significant stress on public transportation systems and the law enforcement agencies tasked with managing and dispersing large crowds of patrons when they all leave the clubs at 2 a.m.”

But the big argument here is money. Lots of it. Leno’s office notes that nightlife in California is worth billions and that we’re home to 1 out of every 4 top-grossing nightlife venues in the nation.

However, the top 10 venues are in late-night-serving cities like New York, Vegas and Miami. Leno:

“Many cities in California have dynamic social activities that are vital to their economies, but they lack the flexibility to expand their businesses.”

Are you for this? (We know you are).

Love and Propaganda (Formerly Vessel) Grand Opening

Brought to you by the owners and designers of Audio, the freshly minted Love and Propaganda opened this weekend with LA-based producer Goldroom headlining Friday’s premier, followed by rising stars Autograf and Kasbo spinning on Saturday. Co-owners David Brinkley and Danny Hai invested heavily in the 18,000 watt Funktion One sound system specifically designed for peak acoustics in the intimate venue.

Located in the same location as the recently retired Vessel, the redesigned interior features “an industrial aesthetic juxtaposed with neoclassical elements with a punk edge.” Chandeliers, gilded art and black leather seating all adorn the 5,700 square foot club which will offer 3D projection to compliment the high fidelity sound. With regards to the entertainment, brothers Peter and Chris Doukakis (also of Audio) plan to book an eclectic mix of DJs with genres spanning nudisco, house and indie-dance.

Love and Propaganda will bring a welcomed new late-night option to the Union Square/Financial District area for dance music fans. If Audio was the warm up, then L&P should be the grand slam.

Vessel SF Closing May 30, 2015

Vessel SF, a SF nightlife institution for over 8 years, is closing doors for renovation at the end of May 2015. From the VesselSF website:

Friends and Family of Vessel, the end of an era is upon us. After 8 years of being a staple in the San Francisco nightlife scene, Vessel is closing its doors and will reopen in the Summer of 2015 under a whole new name and concept. We can’t express how much every single person that’s shared memories at the club means to us and we invite you to come celebrate our subterranean playground one last time!

There was a very short list of DJ’s who we thought would be the right fit to play the last song on our beloved dance floor and we’re honored to welcome Max Vangeli back to his San Francisco home for a final bow. Max is a world renowned producer that’s thrived in the dance music scene over the last 10 years and Vessel was truly his home where he started to perfect his craft. Max has since gone on to play the best of the best festivals in the world including Tomorrowland, Ultra and EDC as well as playing every major club across the globe so bringing him back to his roots will bring out the best in him.

We would be honored to see old and new faces to help us close this place down in style!

Vessel SF has been one of my personal favorite clubs in SF – it didn’t always have the hottest DJs or the best ratio but we invariably had a great time. Check back for announcements of the new concept later this summer!

 

Grand Nightclub SF Closed for Renovation

From The Grand Nightclub’s instagram: All good things come to an end at some point or another. We had a stellar run! As nightclubs are evolving all over the world, as should we. The Grand Nightclub will be closed as of April 1st, 2015 for a major remodel and redecoration effort. With the goal of reopening before Summer 2015, The Grand Nightclub will be your premier San Francisco nightclub destination!

Reopen dates TBA, but it sounds like hopefully The Grand will be back open around June or July at the latest. Stay tuned!

Temple SF the Only Bay Area Club on Top 100 List

San Francisco is known for many things but nightlife is definitely not one of them. Nightclub & Bar magazine released their annual Top 100 list of the highest-grossing American nightclubs yesterday, and only one Bay Area club made the cut: Temple Nightclub, which clocked in at a respectable #24, with estimated annual revenues of $10-15 million. As usual, Vegas and Miami dominated the list, with nine of the top ten slots, but SF doesn’t even hold a candle to San Diego (which has 7 entrants on the list), Dallas (7), Boston (4), or Scottsdale, Arizona (3).

But while SF may lack clubbing cred, Temple appears to have only benefited from its recent renovation, which added a cafe, recording studio, and co-working space to the mix. The refreshed club now features an improved sound system, not to mention some sweet LED lighting powered by patrons’ dance moves. One additional player that could probably do well in SF’s club game if they felt like it: Hakkasan, which has no clubbing component at its SF restaurant location, but manages to bring in over $100 million in Vegas, making it #2 overall on the top 100 list.