1015 Folsom ( Release & Spundae ), San Francisco
This is SF’s oldest, biggest, and most worldly known nightclub. With 4 to 5 different rooms, all with different genres of electronic music, from the breaks and Drum&Bass in the basement, to the 80’s flavor in the front room, to the tribal upstairs… and you can’t miss the main-room… that’s where the DJ is who you came to hear, right?
Okay, this is the scoop… this is the place that brings in the big name DJ’s, so if you want to hear the like of Oakey, PVD, Digweed, Maas, Tiesto, this is where they usually play. It is big, it gets crowded, and it gets hot. If you are looking for a more “sophisticated” atmosphere, I would suggest Sno-drift or Ruby Skye. But the happening spots jump around the city from night to night. At 1015 you’re at least guaranteed something… I almost never go here, but I guess I am getting old, because now my friends and I say things like, “I remember what it used to be like, back in the old dayz, before they started doing bodily cavity searches at the door.” And now I prefer places with couches…
Dress Code: club gear - no tennis shoes, but jeans are fine. usually about a $20 cover. and Free b4 10:15pm...
1015 FOLSOM is the best place to go, it looks completely ghetto outside, but hey, DJs the likes of Paul van dyk spin here. RUBY SKYE, smack dab in middle of downtown, plays hip hop. very cool latin club scene here (though I am ashmaed to admit, i have never been to one of these)
STAY AWAY FROM: club X, sound factory, city nights: bad hip hop and greasy awkward 18-20 year old guys.
BARS: the ones on haight street are more laid back and generally let you do whatever (ie smoke), the ones on union street are more pretentious (not necessarily a bad thing) and yuppier. All bars and clubs close at 2 AM, yes it is shameful. backflip and cafe du nord are cool restaurant/bars to hit.....the tonga room at the fairmont hotel has a legendary happy hour (for a more mature crowd, though).
AFTER 2 AM: the only club i know of is the END UP.
NOTE: SF CLUBS ARE VERY VERY VERY STRICT WITH IDs, THEY WILL NOT TAKE INTERNATIONAL IDs (cuz those are obviously very easy to copy) I will be the first to admit that SF has a happening nightlife scene but it is only happening if you are over 21. Yes, that sucks. Bars are a bit less strict, but make sure you have something because they will ALWAYS card you.
Dress Code: is very casual in sf clubs; 1015 is drumnbass/trance so dress is casual. ruby skye ranges from dressy to casual, as do most hip hop clubs. no one cares here in sf
Club kids line up around the block for the awesome sound system and some of the world's hottest DJs.