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Is San Francisco the New Musical Hotbed for EDM?

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There’s a wide array of selections for clubbers from the east coast to the west coast, but, for those looking for a club with an EDM flavor, San Francisco is suddenly a prominent spot on the map. The rising attraction of electronic dance music themes in the city is not only attracting locals but entices spring breakers and young travelers with the lure of bright lights and lively entertainment.

A Few Dance Clubs Stand Out Among The Rest

AXS compiled a list of the top EDM clubs in San Francisco, offering insight into why these particular places rise above the rest populating a thriving scene. Already popular spots for locals, visitors to the city can taste the flavor of each spot and determine for themselves which appeals to their unique senses themselves.

1. Vessel
This EDM nightclub stands out among the rest, particularly because of its location. While the sun bakes San Francisco, the Financial District is teaming with professionals going to and fro within the rat race, but, as the sun sets and darkness prevails, Vessel opens its doors to a livelier crowd. Those arriving at the doors before 11:00 p.m. will make it inside without having to pay a cover charge.

2. Public Works
This is a must see for those touring the San Francisco dance clubs, although it might be out of the way for some. Located in the Mission District, Public Works features an advanced sound system intended to deliver the best quality for its long list of headlining dance music bands. During the week, this nightclub doubles as a venue for special events and art shows, but, as Friday rolls around, the atmosphere becomes charged with a younger, more energetic crowd. Basement Jaxx and Lee Burridge are among the live acts to perform during the weekends.

3. Audio
Bringing electronic dance music to another part of the city, Audio is located in the SoMa (South of Market) District on 11th Avenue. The location is a popular spot with more established night clubs, such as Slim’s and DNA Lounge also lining the street. While Audio is fairly new, having opened in 2014, it garnered a large following almost immediately with top performers like Destructo and Treasure Fingers. While this club also charges a cover, they offer free admission for some events. Just be sure to arrive early.

More EDM Clubs To Fill Your Weekend Dance Cards

While Vessel, Audio, and Public Works are popular stops on a clubbing tour of San Francisco, they, by no means, complete the list. The Culture Trip offers more entries to this list of San Francisco dance clubs, suggesting more stops for the serious nightclub enthusiasts.

4. EPR
Also located in SoMa, EPR can be found on Harrison Street, but don’t try to get in on a Friday or Saturday night. This particular nightclub only opens its doors on Wednesdays. Unlike most dance clubs, EPR is closed on weekends. However, EPR is as impressive as it is elusive with two dance floors and an upper level that features tables, cages, and dancing poles. Each dance floor is hosted by its own DJ and the club often plays to a specific theme.

5. Mezzanine
Located in the midst of downtown, Mezzanine boasts two distinct sound systems to ensure the highest quality for their dance music. This is another multi-tiered nightclub with two full bars on the first floor, as well as a sizable dance floor. The second floor offers a VIP area, complete with another full bar and bottle service.

6. 1015 Folsom
Bearing the address as their name. 1015 Folsom is a must stop for serious clubbing enthusiasts. Knocking out Ruby Skye for the title of the largest nightclub on this list, 1015 Folsom boasts three levels with a total of five individual rooms. Each section contains its own bar and its own DJ, ensuring everyone will find something to their liking. The rooms each play host to a different genre of music, so finding your style should be a simple matter. Altogether, 1015 Folsom rocks San Francisco with over 150,000 watts of premium sound.

These are just the top stops for nightclubbers looking to indulge their taste for electronic music and a wild weekend celebration. As San Francisco continues to evolve its music scene, music lovers are sure to find even more events, clubs, concerts, and DJs to feed their soul’s thirst for sounds.

Photo courtesy of 1015 Folsom

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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