Shake like an Earthquake at the Best San Francisco Night Clubs

San Francisco is a city of many pleasures. Museums can stimulate the mind and offer fascinating knowledge to bring back home. There are more restaurants per capita in San Francisco than any other U.S. city, so eating out is almost a religion in this food-crazed town. And the temperate climate and natural beauty of the Bay Area offers year round hiking and exploring. Whether you prefer to be inside or out, there's no end to activities in San Francisco.

But few pursuits tap into all the senses like dancing. Giving yourself over to the rhythms, the lights, and the energy is a total release. When you want that feeling, we'll introduce you to the best dance clubs in San Francisco. Top DJs get things moving, and other patrons ensure that there's plenty to see along the way. To follow the crowds, head to Ruby Skye and see what lies in store; for a more subdued experience, give Apartment 24 a try.

So when you're trying to choose that one last activity that will top off your San Francisco vacation just right, consider dancing. Maybe you need to just let go after a long museum tour, or burn some calories after that big bowl of pasta in North Beach. Either way, 10Best will make sure you know the best places to dance in San Francisco.

Tonga Room Hurricane Restaurant & Bar


The Tonga Room offers drinks, dancing, great Asian cuisine, and a festive atmosphere, including a simulated tropical rainstorm that shakes things up every twenty minutes. Expansive windows provide views of the bustling streetscape, and live...  Read More

Bernal Heights


A top-notch sound system sets the tempo at Space 550 and easily contributes to pumped-up volume and abundant energy. Club-goers generally groove to the sounds of funk, salsa, house, and hip-hop, although other musical styles crop up as well. The...  Read More



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. Clubgoers are attired in their stylish best, eager to be part of the lively scene....  Read More



26 Mix lives up to its name, functioning as a 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, downtempo, jazz, and reggae. Drink specials and...  Read More

Cat Club


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...  Read More

111 Minna Gallery


Looking for a happening spot to decompress after a hard day pushing papers? Head to Minna Gallery, and order a signature, happy hour cocktail. Art in a variety of media adorns the walls, and lively DJs keep tunes and atmosphere at a wide-open...  Read More

Ruby Skye


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...  Read More

Infusion Lounge
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The six thousand square feet Asian-inspired lounge (executed by Hong Kong's hottest designer, Kinney Chan) encompasses a private North Lounge, semiprivate VIP Room, fully equipped dance floor (with world-class DJs Tues-Sat), and an impressive...  Read More

El Rio


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....  Read More



If you want to dance but don't feel like taking two hours to deck yourself out in the latest trends, head to The Make-Out Room. They understand the simple trifecta for a successful dance club: loud music, stiff drinks, and plenty of space to...  Read More


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