Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

San Francisco

Elbo Room
Whether you want Acid Jazz, Afrofunk or Indie Rock, Elbo Room delivers every day of the week.
Beauty Bar
Party in a 60s beauty salon, complete with manicures when you buy a cocktail.
The EndUp
A late club that truly lives up to its name. The party, including an occasional scene-loving celebrity contingent, always ends up at the EndUp.
Vessel
Dress up to the nines to boogie to big names.
Madrone Lounge
Styled as an art bar, Madrone draws a casual crowd who come to chill on its mismatched couches and listen to DJ sets.
Milk
Located in the heart of the Haight, Milk covers the DJ experience from a different perspective, specialising in dance-ready hip-hop, soul and funk, as opposed to the more Euro-centric spin that's dished up at places like Pink and Sublounge.
Dogpatch Saloon
Live jazz almost every night at this Portrero Hill dive.
Skylark
Skylark invites you to let your hair down, pick up a total stranger and have the mother of all hangovers the next day.
El Rio
Cheap and cheerful music club, El Rio peddles everything from salsa dancing to DJs. Popular with the twenty-something set.
111 Minna Gallery
Art gallery meets nightclub.
Harry Denton’s Starlight Room
Don your best, grab a signature Cable Car cocktail and dance for romance all night in the Starlight Room.
Bourbon & Branch
You can't get in here without a password.
Wish
Slick after-work boozer with plenty of banquette seating and dim lights for doing dirty deeds with coworkers.
Redwood Room
Classic red velvet hotel lounge with a Philippe Starck makeover. 
Temple
Dissociative personalities appreciate the moody venue options-from a futuristic lounge to darker catacombs" with eastern motifs. For night
Truck
The antithesis to the Castro's cheesier bump-and-grind nightclubs, Truck lures a chill out gay crowd with strong drinks, decent bar snacks, a pool table, and pretty boys.
SF Badlands
Slather on the tanning lotion, bust out your best muscle T, and head for SF Badlands, the baddest gay video dance club in town.
Mighty
For those who remember the punk era, Mighty evokes the edgy glory days of underground dance clubs on an epic scale.
Harlot
The femme fatale of the SoMa lounge circuit.
Lexington Club
Butch and femme out of central casting mingle and drink in this low-key neighbourhood bar where 20-something lesbians come to meet each other and play pool.
DNA Lounge
Dance-all-night geek-chic club brought to you by a dot-com tycoon.
Boom Boom Room
A high quality blues and jazz bar seven nights a week.
Top of the Mark
Chic drinks at the top of the Intercontinental.
The Independent
The place to find the cool bands before they get cool.
Punchline Comedy Club
Historic comedy club that has seen the likes of Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Rock grace its stage.
Swig
Thirty-somethings crowd in to this neighbourhood live music club for great gigs.
Mezzanine
Gritty, ultra-urban Mezzanine is a 12,000-square-foot slice of the promised land for the serious, no-bridge-and-tunnel-folk-allowed dance crowd, boasting one of the best sound systems in the city and attracting A-list DJs spinning underground h
Ruby Skye
Ruby Skye is San Francisco's most opulent dance club, the sort of place where sophisticated light shows, a mega sound system, trapeze artists, and go-go dancers on platforms are all part of the standard fare.
Great American Music Hall
One of the most ornate live music venues in San Fran.
Biscuits & Blues
Every kind of blues you can imagine at this cellar speakeasy.
Laszlo
This pre-lounge bar is all about drink and schmooze and groove-in-one-place.
Club Six
Slightly raggedy, but anything goes at this hip-hop and world music club.
supperclub San Francisco
Techno-chic eat-clubbing comes to San Francisco.
Rosewood
Sleek uber-hip bar with a delicious garden.
Fillmore Auditorium
Who's in the crowd depends on the act, but this red velvet-clad venue is always a classic.
Yoshi’s
Yoshi's unique restaurant offers Japanese cuisine with a side of jazz.
Slide
The local party crowd loves to make a dramatic entrance. What slicker way to hit the dance floor than via a 15-foot serpentine slide?
Martuni’s
Neighbourhood piano bar where a cast of colourful locals take the stage.
MatrixFillmore
A bit of a meet-market, here's one singles bar that does not harken to its roots as a rock club.
Otis
In a glamorous white-and-gold lounge, a stylish set nestles into banquettes to sip signature cocktails amid the throbbing beats of whatever DJ happens to be spinning that evening.

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