Help Choosing SF Nightclub

Old May 2nd, 2002, 11:35 AM
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Help Choosing SF Nightclub

Too old for electronic music or "21" crowd. Too young for "oldies." Looking for top 40, R&B dance or just great atmosphere to spend a Sat. night. Narrowed down my choices, but wonder what others have to say about the following:
Tongue and Groove
Back Flip
Red Room
Biscuits and Blues
Polly Esthers
Durty Nellie's
Old May 2nd, 2002, 12:13 PM
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I don't know about all of them, but I can tell you that Polly Esthers is not in the best area of town... I personally have not been there, but friends have said it's not great...
Old May 2nd, 2002, 12:19 PM
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The absolute best band and dancing was at the Top of the Mark. Just get there early! The music and dancing was well worth the cover- they played everything and it was great live music!!
Old May 2nd, 2002, 01:32 PM
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How would you describe the people the Top of the Mark attracts? Was the music current and trendy, good to dance to? What time would you recommend getting there and what was the cover? Thanks!!!!!
Old May 2nd, 2002, 02:09 PM
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The bands at the Top of the Mark plays older crowd stuff - Sinatra, some purely instrumentals. It's a typical hotel bar with a nice ambience, very low key. It attracts mostly 40 and up. Red Room is in the old Johnny Love's location I believe. I've never been inside, I peeked in - the decor was quite nice. I think it's geared towards an older 35 and above crowd. Only problem was, the bouncers at the door were practically soliciting people to go in. Can't say what the music was like. I've always steered clear of the place even though it's in my neighborhood.

Back Flip has been around for a while. Last time I was there they had R&B in one room and dance in the other. It was a pretty active night with a good crowd. Be forewarned, it's not in the greatest area. They've got valet though so you won't have to walk back and forth to the club.

Polly Esthers is geared more towards the twenty something crowd. Maybe 21 to 26?
Old May 2nd, 2002, 02:22 PM
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Sinatra, ballroom, anything on the more subdued side would definitely not be my scene. Part of the problem is finding a good dance place for that 'tween age group -- those of us in our thirties who still like to think we can dance like we're 21! Other ideas for a night in the city?
Old May 2nd, 2002, 03:31 PM
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I think you just have to suck it up and go where the "kids" go and then keep saying to your friends "man, I feel so old!". Hey, it's what I do! And I still like the Holy Cow, but maybe that's just because I have a soft spot for it.
Old May 2nd, 2002, 03:57 PM
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Biscuits and Blues
Good mix of people, locals and travelers, parents bringing their teenagers. Stage is small, dancing difficult, but it's a great place for blues fans. Good seating, full bar.
Saw Traci Nelson, Kim Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite there.

Boom-Boom Room
John Lee Hooker's bar. This a bar, not quite the dive it wants to be, but ok when the right artist is playing. Saw Booker T. Jones there last year.

The Fillmore
Go when there's someone like Robben Ford or Kenny Wayne Shepard playing. Again, older blues fans with their teens, good mix of blues fans.

Rock on and have a good time!
Old May 2nd, 2002, 04:07 PM
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Gotta, sounds like we are in the same age group. I'd recommend Cafe du Nord, the Mad Dog in the Fog, Bimbo's 365 Club and Bruno's. Check with Cafe du Nord before you go and see what kind of music they are having -- sometimes it's Goth night and you might want to miss that ;-). Otherwise, it's a good place to hear music, play pool and hang out. Mad Dog is a great British pub with a good jukebox and fun crowd. Bimbo's has a variety of acts, ranging from blues to jazz to swing music, so you can check their schedule and see what appeals. It's a beautiful club with posh booths. Bruno's in the Mission is mainly a jazz club but also a good crowd and cool atmosphere. Have fun!

P.S. I'm assuming you are not looking for those clubs where the main goal is hooking up. If so, you'll have to rely on someone else for advice!
Old May 2nd, 2002, 04:33 PM
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S'spike, Is The Saloon on Grant still open? The State ABC board usually pulls is Liq/License due to occassional minor...ahem...violations and general rowdiness. Johnny Nitro and the Doorslammers !!!!!! I think it may be the oldest working bar in SF?

Another "liver up" for Shanghai Kelly's. Def. a "no frills" bar made up of all sorts.
Bisquits and Blues had Country Joe McDonald there last week. So everything old is new again...even for us old farts?

Does Buchanan's Grill have any music?
I need a "strong pour" from that SF instituion Mike McCourt right about now!
Old May 2nd, 2002, 04:57 PM
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Kal, I hadn't heard of it so I had to do a search on citysearch. About the Saloon on Grant it says, "Frontier watering hole meets gritty biker hangout, meets blues joint at San Francisco's oldest bar." Still open! Now I've gotta check it out!

Also, I think you pegged it with the Redwood Room. They musta thought you were the bodyguard to those well dressed ladies! Perhaps you could suggest the Redwood Room to Gotta? Music?
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