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This drum 'n' bass weekly has pulled through an amazing amount of high-caliber UK talent, enabling SF to check out many DJs they have never had a chance to see before. Resident DJs Noel and Al Simmons keep the super funk flowing on local nights, and the club recently reinforced their sound system. At Justice League, 9pm, $3. (DM)

DJs Travis and Mouse feed it to the children deep and hard every Monday night--and my, those children do look fine (if you can make them out through the crowd). House music pumps and everybody bumps and grinds while art fox Jerry Gonzales alters the visual universe with his tripped-out film projections. Look out for the occasional LoveWorks collaborations. At Liquid, 8pm, free. (AN)

Movin On Up
DJs and team producers Mark Anthony and Dimitri serve up thick, juicy East Coast beats to soul-seeking house heads every Monday night at the Top--the glorious oasis of the Lower Haight. A deep old-school vibe prevails in sound and physical sensation--this is music that makes you move. But beware the Satan-strong drinks, lest you find yourself smooching a DJ beneath the turntables. At The Top, 9pm, $3. (AN)


Downtempo hip- and trip-hop segues into jazzy, funky drum 'n' bass at this Tuesday night lounge. DJs Seven and Sol drop lots of local music into the mix, and Backflip's soothing aquatic atmosphere is the perfect antidote to the Tuesday blues. At Backflip, 9pm, $3. (MG)

Rewind to the daze of Phunckateck at The Top. DJs Noel and Juju of the Phunckateck crew are aimed and ready to rock Lower Haight's favorite hangout with their inventive West Coast sound. Expect a lot of original tracks to drop. Keep an eye out for out-of-town guests and appearances from the rest of their strong crew. At The Top DJ Bar, 10pm, $5. (DM)

Successfully relocating, Static has a massive list of resident DJs, including tomas, Sifu, Joe Rice, reach, bread, Quantum 23, Sutekh, Safety Scissors, Sean Murray and J-Bird. Two systems and two rooms feature techno and drum 'n' bass. They also mix it up with other sounds of the underground and feature guests and record-release parties. At Cat Club, 10pm, $5. (DM)

Hysteric glamour and delicious depravity at the only club in SF devoted to trannies and tranny chasers. Performances at midnight. Singer Tina Keyes said it best, "Trannyshack is a very beautiful cabaret, as well as being a drunken free-for-all that you can black out at." At Stud, 10pm, $4. (MG)


Audible Colors
Changing weekly formats is a fresh new idea and definitely a successful one for this club. Bug 'n' Out offers you the best in house music one week and drum 'n' bass the next, rotating on a regular basis. You may check out house DJs playing drum 'n' bass and vice versa. There is a great flow of energy present. It's the kind of place you stop off for a short visit and end up staying all night. At The Top DJ Bar, 10pm, $5. (DM)

A legendary all-night party that's been happening for years and is still going strong. DJs Simon, Jeno and Garth dish out deep house to an ecstatic crowd of ravers and club kids. First Wednesday of every month. At Club 1015, 10pm, $7. (HO)

A largely society and international crowd oozing with dough comes to party in the most gorgeous space in the city, the decadent 21st-floor Starlight Room. Champagne chills on every other table, the room is lush with burgundy velvet, burnished gold and fabulous views, and DJ Bruce spins an uplifting mix of house and funked-up disco. At The Starlight Room, 10pm, $5. (MG)

Love-Haight Lounge
An intimate, chatty club night with a mixed gay crowd and eclectic music ranging from funk and rock to trip-hop and lounge. Ogle the go-go boys, hustle at the pool table or find someone to take home and have your own party. Plus, for all you without cable, they show South Park at 10. Now also on Fridays. At Trax, 10pm, free. (MG)

Always on target, this weekly hip-hop club is put on by resident DJs J-Boogie, Pause and Zeph. Knowledgeable about the authentic hip-hop sound, this crew showcases out-of-town and local talent to heat up the dance floor with realism and respect for the true sound. Old school and new school mix for success. At Justice League, 9pm, $5. (DM)

Soothe your spirit at this New Agey night with chilled-out ambient sounds, belly dancers, tarot readers and henna tattoo artists. Downtempo drum 'n' bass and trip-hop, courtesy of DJs Anna, Alika, Xanax, Saucer, Toph 1 and guests. At Backflip, 8pm, $5. (MG)


Beta Lounge
A mixed-media frenzy. Live Internet broadcast from a high-tech super-slick warehouse space. Streaming audio and video broadcast in real time, with superb talent rolling through each week. A technological advancement underground style. At www.betalounge.com, 8pm. (DM)

The Box
One of the most colorful, friendly evenings SF has to offer. Brothers and sisters and their friends bounce in one enormous jam-packed room to smooth soul, hip-hop and house. A definite must! At Justice League, 9pm, $7. (HO)

Easily one of the best clubs in the city, San Francisco's longest-running jungle night has recently moved to a larger two-floor space with the upstairs loft dedicated to quality drum 'n' bass, and turntable experimentation on the lower level. The club is packed with a sexy crowd who are passionate about their beats and obviously dressed to sweat. Eklektic has garnered a worldwide reputation for its furious, funky, raw sounds. The best international DJs make appearances, spinning side by side with stars of the local underground. This is a quintessential SF drum 'n' bass experience mixed with urban art showings and visual presentations from artists around the world. At 78 Minna, 10pm, prices vary, call 415.332.5800 ext. 797 for info. (MG)

Heavy Rotation
This debonair weekly hyperlounge has recently moved to two rooms on the second floor of 1015 Folsom. Created by the adorable French artist JC Didier and DJ and promoter Franky Boissy, Heavy Rotation features soulful drum 'n' bass and ambient jazzy grooves paired with hypnotic visual projections and special events like the recent Y2K fashion show. DJs include Mark Farina, Toph 1 and John Howard. Tres bon! At 1015 Folsom, 10pm, $5 before 11pm, $8 after. (MG)

High Rise
Picking up where Heavy Rotation left off when it moved to 1015, High Rise is a new party hosted by DJ Seven. He's bringing some of the city's best DJs in as guests, including DJ Josh from The Gathering and ever-fabulous Charlotte the Baroness from Sunburn records. At Backflip, 10pm. (MG)

Kit Kat
Skinny, gorgeous girls in tight pants or tarted-up Ally McBeal minisuits shimmy with b-boys (and the odd blazer-wearing yuppie) to funky disco house. At The EndUp, 10pm, $10. (MG)

Pan Dulce
Spicy Spanish-flavored house, salsa and meringue at this party for gay Latin boys and their friends. At asia sf, 9pm, $6. (MG)

If you're over 21, you'll certainly date yourself at Popscene, where modish nubiles jiggle around to Depeche Mode and Adam Ant with newfound glee. A place to reminisce over the days of asymmetrical haircuts and pegged jeans while scamming on girls and boys who think that Jimmy Carter is a brand of Southern condoms. At 330 Ritch, $5, 10pm-2am, 18+. (AN)

Pistl Pete, Manny Rosa, Positive P., PK. and guests spin house, mid-tempo and electro, with some old school trax thrown into the mix. The crowd is as mixed up as the music, ranging anywhere from Euro-fags to clubby beat enthusiasts. Sexually ambiguous and musically determined, Pressure is quickly becoming Thursday night's hottest spot. At The Top DJ Bar, $3, 9pm-2am. (MS)

Sookie Sookie Soul
You just can't go wrong when Consuelo and J-Boogie are in the house. Masters of the funky, beat-heavy genres, this DJ duo sends the crowd into happy delirium with the best of new and older hip-hop sounds. At Nicki's Barbecue, 9pm.


Abstract Science
Margins of activity where genres cease to matter. Hip-hop compounds and new directions in sound. These promoters give it up artistically, pushing the maximum vibe. At The Minna Street Gallery, the third Friday monthly, 9pm, $6-7. (DM)

Bohemian Lounge
True-school funk collages of breakbeat and hip-hop, mixed with a little drum 'n' bass, are what you'll be groovin' to at this free Friday night party in the Mission. The music and the crowd can be described as all over the place. Tophone hosts another hideaway because fun wants funk. At McCarthy's, 10pm, free. (DM)

Club Asia
A gay Asian dance party with DJs Mathew Consola and Jamie J Second. At King Street Garage, 10 pm, $8 w/flier before 11pm, $10 after 11pm. (MG)

Journeys into smooth drum 'n' bass and sophisticated deep house with DJs Chad Mitchell, JP Soul, Dan Smith and other local underground talent. It gets mobbed, so show up early and be prepared to sweat. At Liquid, 10pm, free. (MG)

Fag Friday
The music never skips a beat at this cruisy all-night party. It transforms into Other Whirled in the early morning and goes strong till 3pm Saturday. At The EndUp, 10pm, $5. (HO)

A twisted soiree for queers who are tired of the muscle-queen mob. Hosted by porn star Cougar Cash, Freakshow entertains a crowd of androgynous punks and assorted weirdoes with exotic dancers, bizarre performances and music that ranges from disco to New Wave to heavy metal. At Stud, 10pm, $5-$7--the freakier your clothes, the less you pay. (MG)

In Bed With Fairy Butch
A steamy lesbian cabaret that happens on the second and fourth weeks of the month at the CoCo Club. The midmonth show has a coed crowd; the performance on the last Friday of the month is for girls only. At CoCo Club, 8pm, $7. (MG)

The creators of your four-day workweek bring you the best in house and techno from around the globe. Resident DJs Jeno, Jerry Bonham, Simon and David Michael rock a packed house of clubbers that dance their asses off till 6am. Decompress in the basement of Nikita for slamming drum 'n' bass action. At Club 1015, 10pm, $10. (DM)

The stellar lineup of local turntablists at Pyrotechnics includes Shortcut from the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, as well as Rasta Q-tip, Al Simmons, Breeze and Groove Merchant's Tom Thump. Yet another party proving that Storyville has become one of the city's most exhilarating venues for experimental hip-hip and underground electronic music. At Storyville, 10pm. (MG)

X-Radio Netcast
Residents Felix the Dog and Push are joined by or give it up for guest DJs dropping dubplates, DATs and original beats and pieces. At www.x-radio.com, 12-4pm. (DM)

A welcome to the weekend happy hour event hosted by Maneesh the Twister, Sang and JSAB. Local DJs surrounded with great art share their favorite tunes with the bar regulars and the artsy SOMA workers, who pop by for a cold beer or a glass of wine. At 111 Minna, 6-9pm, free. (DM)

Twice as Nice
Similar to the Audio Alchemy party these two groove merchants threw in the past, this night promotes the rare side of jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop and Latin. It's a strange mix created not only by these two talented individuals but by the other local guests invited in weekly to play. At The Minna Street Gallery, first Friday monthly, 10pm, $5. (DM)


Blue Room
On the first Saturday of every month, the Blue Room record label brings its international trance and techno acts to spin in San Francisco alongside top local junglists and downtempo DJs. With three rooms to dance in, Blue Room keeps going until 7am, providing a thrilling change of scenery for scenesters sick of spending all their afterhours at 1015 Folsom St. At 550 Barneveld, 10pm, $15. (MG)

Future Breaks
FM San Francisco's essential showcase of drum 'n' bass. At KUSF-FM (90.3) or www.izmedia.com/futurebreaks, 3-5pm. (DM)

Rocking house beats keep the dancers on the floor till the plug is pulled, and mixtures of all other forms of music in the Insect Lounge make for a popular party. This is the kind of party where you run into many people you know and see people of all walks of life getting down to the sound of the underground. At 78 Minna, the first and third Saturday monthly, 10pm, $7-10. (DM)

La Belle Epoque
Join residents wishfm, Mikebee and Sea for a soiree consisting of earth, wind and bass vibrations. They have built a steady following and the floor is a sweaty mass of junglism. Enjoy urban rhythms at happy hour 7-10pm with DJs Fiction, Dom and Effect. At The Top DJ Bar, 9pm, $5. (DM)

One of the few nights at this speakeasy-style club that's not just for girls. Andrew Ableson hosts this stylish lounge where young sophisticates relax to modish pop and orchestral retro ephemera. Some nights feature cabaret acts. At CoCo club, 10pm, $5. (MG)

Out of Order
Two rooms of madness--jungle in one and experimental beats in the other, with resident DJs Game Kat, Arc Angel Gabe Real and Push. This event supports spoken word, poetry and artwork from local talent. This behind-the-scenes crew really puts a lot of effort into producing a quality event for all. At roving venues, the first Saturday monthly, watch for flyers. (DM)

The crew is up to their new tricks and playing them loud for a packed house. True originators and a talented group of producers and DJs give you this monthly treat of West Coast future business. At Minna Street Gallery, the last Saturday monthly, 10pm, $5. (DM)

Legendary promoters Martel and Nabiel invite you to release yourself at this bacchanal. DJs keep the crowd grooving on six dance floors until 7am. At Club 1015, 9pm, $10. (MG)

A trendy, mellow house night featuring DJs Lewis, Ellen Ferrato and Chip McClure. Sashaying drag queens mix with flannel-clad pinball players. Produced by Creampuff magazine, the party is gay but breeder-friendly. At The Stud, 9 pm, $5. (MG)

This three-year-strong club really gets moving after 2am. David Harness and Blackstone serve up fierce deep house for a throng of shirtless muscle boys. At Club Townsend, 9:30pm-7am, $10. (HO)

The crew that gave us the original beach party sessions with the downtempo and jungle sound has moved it indoors and kicked up their heels to host a great night of tripped beats. Always on a creative tip, this monthly is sure to quench your need for a true adventure and quality treatment. At Cafe du Nord, third Saturday of the month, 10pm, $7. (DM)


DJs J-Boogie, Wisdom and RawB host SF's most popular hip-hop radio show. At KUSF-FM (90.3) or www.kusf.org, 8-10pm. (DM)

Come down from your weekend at San Francisco's only dub night. The versatile and eclectic DJs Sep, Maneesh the Twister and The Wastemaster spin soul-smoothing dub and roots music. Keep your ear to the ground for special guests and keep in mind that dub is the foundation for most forms of popular dance music. At Elbo Room, 9pm, $4. (DM)

Milk & Honey
Solstice hosts this relaxing Sunday chillspot. Sweet soul grooves, juicy ambient and smooth house help cure end-of-weekend anxiety for funky heads who refuse to let the weekend die. DJs Andy Caldwell, Mei-Lwun, Saga, Toph, Mark Farina and Felix the Dog work the turntables with enviable skill. At Backflip, 9pm, no cover. (AN)

For those who believe that a raucous weekend does not end until 6am Monday, Pleasuredome is the consummate place to be. Hottie gay boys bump and grind with no sign of letting up to the hard-driving house sounds of Ruben Mancias and Neil Lewis. At Club Townsend, 9pm-6am, $7. (AN)

Join the diverse crowd at this long-running Sunday all-night party. Education through electronic dance music occurs in five different rooms hosting five different sounds. They feature highly respected big name talent and local beatpalayas as well. At Club 1015, 10pm, $10. (DM)

Tea Dance
A San Francisco tradition. This Sunday daytime club is packed with the city's most hardcore partiers, tweakers and adventure seekers. Exhilarating depravity. At The EndUp, 5am-10pm; $5. (MG)

The Clubs

asia sf, 201 9th St., 415/255-2742
Backflip, 601 Eddy St., 415/771-FLIP
The Blue Room, 550 Barneveld, 415/550-1388
Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St., 415/861-5016
Cat Club, 1190 Folsom St., 415/431-3332
Club 1015, 1015 Folsom St., 415/431-1200
Club Townsend, 177 Townsend St., 415/974-1156
Coco Club, 139 8th St., 415/626-6772
Deco, 510 Larkin St., 415/441-4007
Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., 415/552-7788
End Up, corner of 6th and Harrison Sts., 415/357-0827
Il Pirata, 2007 16th St., 415/626-2626
Justice League, 628 Divisadero St., 415/289-2038
King Street Garage, 174 King St., 415/974-1156
Liquid, 2925 16th St., 415/431-8889
McCarthy's, 2327 Mission St., 415/648-0504
Nicki's Barbecue, 460 Haight St., 415/621-6508
111 Minna St. Gallery, 111 Minna St. (between New Montgomery and 2nd), 415/974-1719
Starlight Room, atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., 415/979-3031
Storyville, 1751 Fulton St., 415/441-1751
The Stud, corner of 9th and Harrison Sts., 415/252-7883
The Top DJ Bar, 484 Haight St., 415/864-7386
Trax, 1437 Haight St., 415/863-4275
Up & Down Club, 1151 Folsom St., 415/626-2388

Reviews by Amanda Nowinski (AN), dmarie (DM), Michelle Goldberg (MG), Michael Stabile (MS) and Hakeem Oseni (HO).

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From the June 21, 1999 issue of the Metropolitan.

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