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Infusion Lounge (across the street from the hotel)
Ellis St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Located at the epicenter of San Francisco’s iconic Union Square, Infusion Lounge is a sophisticated nightlife destination. The Asian-inspired sub-rosa lounge, fashioned by Hong Kong’s hottest designer, Kinney Chan, is a true ultra lounge catering to both dancing hipsters and young professionals looking to relax in style. Infusion offers a full menu of Cal-Asian fusion small plates paired with exquisite ambiance and exceptional service. Its 6,000+ square feet include a private VIP room, a fully equipped dance floor, and an impressive main lounge.
Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Mix lives up to its name, functioning as a happening social spot for professional 20-somethings (and 30-somethings who look the part). DJs mix it up too, spinning tunes of all genres – house, techno, down-tempo, jazz, and reggae. Drink specials and happy hours satisfy attending crowds, and non-dancing patrons slough off non-participatory shame by trying their hand at vintage video games.
Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103
This late-night spot draws all types to its large space, which includes two dance floors where DJs really know how to pump it up. Hip-hop, funk, house, techno and rock can all be heard on different days, and theme nights expand the options, as you’ll find if you stumble across ’80s retro night or a fetish event. Generally, the tamer music can be found in the front room, and the more experimental stuff in the back. A large bar also makes getting a drink fairly painless.
Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105
If you’re looking for something of an upscale dance spot – with a social scene that keeps introductions and greetings flowing – head to this hip hangout. Club goers are attired in their stylish best, eager to be part of the lively scene. Plenty of dance space in two separate areas grants patrons the opportunity to groove to house, hip-hop, salsa, and club tunes. At times, live bands regale folks as well. Three bars make scoring a drink pretty easy, and multi-level lounge leads into a number of VIP rooms and private cabanas.
Broadway St., San Francisco, CA 94133
With a design theme predicated on pale, translucent curtains, sleek furnishings, and flickers of candlelight, Dolce pays tribute to its name and to the club’s buzzwords: sweet, soft, smooth. The combination dance club-and-lounge also features a long, glass-topped bar where you can nurse a creative cocktail and catch up with friends. Local DJs keep the vibe relaxed with R & B, house, rock, and hip-hop. Weekends can be especially busy, and if you don’t reserve a seat in advance, be prepared to mill about.
Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110
This dance club generally entertains a packed house. Live bands perform on weekends, salsa’s the rage on Sunday, a global dance party wins applause on Friday, rock ‘n’ roll takes the stage on Saturdays, and Wednesdays are punk and rock nights. You may also find Arabic music, world music, dancehall and hip-hop, outdoor film festivals and cabaret performances as well for local community organizations. If that’s not enough, there are shuffleboard, ping-pong, pool, and weekly BBQs. … The popular outdoor patio, bedecked with lights, is often filled with a very diverse crowd.
Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Formerly a theater (built in the 1890s), this late-night stop does a booming business courting young hipsters looking to show off their dance moves. The modern decor features high ceilings, large bars, and chic ambience. Live music and expert DJs keep the volume pumped up, much to the delight of eager club-goers. A cigar bar is available, and pool tables offer a break from the dance floor.
Barneveld Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124
A top-notch sound system sets the tempo at Space 550 and easily contributes to pumped-up volume and abundant energy. Trendy club-goers generally groove to the sounds of funk, salsa, house, and hip-hop, although other musical styles crop up as well. The club, although a bit out of the way, is worth the experience, not only for the tunes but also for the people-watching experience. The facility features three dance floors on two levels.
Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Draped in pale panels of fabric and accented with soft lighting and clean-lined furniture, this club has become one of the city’s hottest tickets. A crowd of well-coiffed, well-dressed patrons, once they move past the velvet rope, enter a world inundated with sensuous house, funk and hip-hop grooves. Dancing finds favor upstairs and down, and an outdoor patio welcomes trendsetters who want a break from the action. VIP rooms are available as well. This San Francisco club is great for late-night fun and socializing.