Harlot music lounge is the temptress on the SoMa lounge circuit, evoking the femme fatale more than other San Francisco lounges and seducing passersby with a coy glance and the promise of indulgences to come. A black rock facade opens to a lofty nightclub where a black-on-black palette lends itself to intimacy. Opulent design flourishes-embossed leather banquettes and framed wall coverings-recall the embellishments of San Francisco’s Victorian era, while Harlot’s black quartz bar and a DJ ‘altar’, bathed in ever-changing digital light, are fully modern touches. High-design nightlife is au courant in San Francisco, and with its erotic art, leather seating and up-lit steel columns punctuating the loft-like space, Harlot is the most seductive of them all.
Like most of the city’s newest nightlife venues, Harlot wears many faces. Happy hour brings arty downtown 9-to-5ers for pinot noir and Poco Dolce chocolates in the still-sunny space. Until about 10pm, the dusky lounge shrouds lovers sharing an intimate drink, while late nights and weekends, the DJs amp it up and the dance floor stays packed ’til 2am. Though Harlot does offer a separate entrance and lounge for big-time VIPs, everyone gets special treatment with valet parking, coat check and a sleek ventilated smoking lounge.