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. Let’s check out the best nightclubs in San Francisco right now!


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.


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!


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.

SF’s Infusion Club Closes its Doors

Recognized as one of the most successful nightclubs in San Francisco history and as one of the top clubs in the world, Infusion Lounge has closed its doors in order to transform into a completely new venue in partnership with Michelin star Chef, Akira Back.

According to Chris Rosas, one of the founders of Infusion Lounge and Chief Marketing Officer of the Infusion Lounge Licensing Corporation, “After a nine year run as one of the leaders in San Francisco’s nightlife business, we are excited to enter this new venture with Chef Back.”
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Please contact General Manager Steve McCauslin with any questions regarding pending Private Events.

This is a bittersweet moment for many, including a few members of the Discotech team. Lots of nights were spent at Infusion dancing our troubles and stresses away. A gust of nostalgia definitely swept over the office when the news was broken.