SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife, San Francisco (Self Guided)

Home to some of the most exciting clubs and bars found the world over, the Nightlife Tour in San Francisco features a wide selection of hot spots to dance the night away. Being a major metropolitan area with a diverse community, the range of musical flavors available here is truly astounding. Whether looking for top DJs or big name music acts, or just a solid local talent spinning your favorite hits, San Francisco’s nightlife scene has it all.
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SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife Map

Guide Name: SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife
Guide Location: USA » San Francisco (See other walking tours in San Francisco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: Xena
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1015 Folsom

1) 1015 Folsom

Thought by many to be the apex of San Francisco's dance scene, 1015 Folsom continues to draw packed crowds to see the hottest DJs from around the world. This 20,000 square foot nightclub includes five rooms on three floors, each with its own distinct sound, a full bar, and DJ booth. 1015 Folsom sports the city’s most state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. An upscale establishment with contemporary design features, highlights of its décor includes Brazilian hardwood dance floors, cracked glass bar tops, and sterling silver tiles. Other notable design elements include an extravagant 400 square foot video display set in a wall of water.

Operation Hours: Friday: 10 pm - 4 am
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Monarch

2) Monarch

Situated at the corner of sixth and Mission, Monarch dominates the scenery, inviting guests to a posh evening of exquisite cocktails, top-of-the line sound provided by its Void Acoustics system, and dramatic design features inspired by Steampunk, Art Nouveau, and Victorian styles. Upstairs guests will find an intimate lounge good for conversations and drinks. The basement is where you will find the dance floor, electrified by the sounds of an assortment of the hottest worldwide talent, including Maya Jane Coles, Maceo Plex, Kaskade, M83, and more. Monarch is also a good place to hear the best up-and-coming DJs on the San Francisco scene. Monarch also offers great drink specials throughout the week.

Operation Hours: Monday -Thursday: 5.30 pm - 2 am; Friday: 5.30 pm - 4 am; Saturday: 8 pm - 4 am; Sunday: 8 pm - 2 am
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Mezzanine

3) Mezzanine

Serving as a multi-purpose venue hosting a diverse assortment of events including music spanning the genres, Mezzanine has steadily been gaining acceptance as the place in San Francisco for live music. A sampling of the performances that have been held here include Mos Def, Every Move a Picture, Fatboy Slim, Chemical Brothers, DJ Tiesto, and many more. With a capacity of up to 1000 guests, along with the high quality entertainment, and definitive sound system, the club can get pretty packed. Mezzanine is equipped with the latest high-end sound and lighting systems, to maximize the experience. It also boasts a spacious 2000 square foot cushioned dance floor, five full bars, and an indoor/outdoor smoking area.

Operation Hours: Thursday: 10 pm — 2 am; Friday: 10 pm — 2 am; Saturday: 10 pm — 7 am; first Tuesday of the month: 7 pm — 10 pm; first Wednesday of the month: 7 pm - midnight
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Infusion Lounge

4) Infusion Lounge

Situated near Union Square, Infusion Lounge includes one of the most elegant interior designs amidst the many nightclubs in San Francisco. Captivating LED displays embellish its very generous dance floor of this 6500 square foot club. Infusion Lounge also includes booths for guests to relax and an exclusive VIP area with posh amenities. It is not unusual for the occasional celebrity or sports star to stop in for an evening here. Opened in 2009, Infusion Lounge has helped to transform the San Francisco nightlife scene into what it is today. Guests are also treated to the hottest touring DJs from around the globe. The club also includes a full-service restaurant serving delicious Pan-Asian Fusion cuisine.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 pm - 2 am
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Ruby Skye Lounge

5) Ruby Skye Lounge

A preeminent fixture on the San Francisco club scene, Ruby Skye is situated in the heart of the downtown area off Union Square next to the theater district. Located in an historic Art Nouveau building of the famed Stage Door Theatre built in the 1890s, Ruby Skye’s interior is contrastingly designed with a modern flair by the Pamela Pennington Studios. Space is available for a variety of events, which include anything from fashion shows and wedding receptions. Ruby Skye attracts some of the biggest names in DJs and performers and is equipped with the latest sound and lighting equipment to enhance the experience even more.

Operation Hours: Friday and Saturday: 8 pm - 4 am
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Cellar Lounge

6) Cellar Lounge

The Cellar Lounge is known in San Francisco as one of the city's most popular nightclubs and bars. It features two rooms, two dance floors, two bars, VIP and bottle service accommodations, a pool table and a brand new game machine. The interior of the lounge offers illuminated stairway, comfortable red and blue velvet couches, a wrap-around bar and State-of-the-Art lighting and sound technology. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 5pm-2am, Saturdays and Sundays 10pm-2am.
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111 Minna

7) 111 Minna

Opened in 1993, 111 Minna is located in the downtown area. Part gallery, part nightclub, 111 Mina showcases local and international artists in its gallery and also attracts world class DJs, screenings of films, and live musical acts. Boasting 4000 square feet of space, the gallery is open during the day and for special occasions in the evening. The décor has a distinctly urban industrial feel, designed with 16 foot walls, floor to ceiling windows, original hardwood flooring, and exposed pipes in the ceiling. The impressive 25 foot long steel and copper bar was designed by local sculptor Jud Bergeron and the multifunctional lighting displays were created by Terry Ohm of Impact.

Operation Hours: Monday – Friday: 7.30 am – 5:00 pm; nightly on a rotating schedule for special events
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Harlot

8) Harlot

Inspired by the ladies of the evening who entertained the Forty Niners during the California Gold Rush when the area was a red-light district known as the Barbary Coast, Harlot draws huge crowds for its exotic décor and entertainment. Provocative paintings line the walls, sensual lighting sets the mood and scantily-clad go-go dancers gyrating on window ledges create the exotic experience that is Harlot. Upstairs is an exclusive VIP area with its own bar as well as additional amenities. Drink specials are available early in the evening, and after the music gets going at 9:00 PM. It generally doesn't take long for the place to get packed.

Operation Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 5 pm — 2 am; Saturday: 9 pm — 2 am; Sunday – Tuesday: closed unless event is listed
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Temple

9) Temple

With an emphasis on integrity, Temple aims to preserve the artistic vision of electronic music. Temple also promotes a green policy which includes biodegrade cups and straws, paperless promotion of events, and other waste-saving measures. Playing electronic music, including house and dubstep, a steady stream of rotating DJs keeps the house thumping each night with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. In addition to the main room, Temple includes the Destiny Lounge decked out in comfortable leather couches, and the well-named Catacombs is perfect for intimate company amidst the sculptures and stone pillars that embellish the room.

Operation Hours: Thursday: 10 pm – 3 am, Friday – Saturday: 10 pm – 4 am

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