Some people may bemoan the fact that nightlife in SF isn't what it used to be. Others will probably tell you that there's never been any decent nightlife in this town unless you go back to the heyday of the Trocadero Transfer. Not all dancefloors are created equal, but this is and always will be a town that loves a party. Below, our roundup of the raddest, booty-shaking-est, footloose and fancy freest parties wherein to get your groove on in 2015.

It was a sad day when Senegalese dance and drinks venue Little Baobob was felled by fire in 2013. Fortunately Bissap Baobob next door has continued while owner Marco Senghor plans his reinvention of Little Baobob. There, on Friday and Saturday nights, you'll find the Paris-Dakar dance party, with Central and West African music and plenty of great people pulling out great moves. Start out with a Senegalese meal here and then get shaking as it the venue morphs into its nighttime self. — Caleb Pershan
3372 19th Street at Mission


Most Nights at Audio
There aren't club nights at Audio so much as there are showcases for various DJs of international renown on a semi-weekly basis. The place has won local awards for their killer soundsystem — one of the newest and most sophisticated in town — and their schedule is littered with names like Kolombo, Felix Da Housecat, and Le Youth. Added bonus: There's a chill space in the form of the bar/lounge Bergerac downstairs, which serves some pretty decent food. — Jay Barmann
316 11th Street between Folsom and Harrison

A photo-booth set from back in October, featuring Juanita More herself. Photo by Uel Renteria

Booty Call Wednesdays
The longest running club night in the Castro, Booty Call Wednesdays, gets its shimmy from hostess Juanita More!, a collection of homo trend-setters and party kids, and an ever-changing and always wildly creative photo-booth installation in the back. Juanita usually does a DJ set and she hosts a revolving mix of some of the best underground DJ talent in the country, including occasional celebrity appearances from the likes of Jake Shears or Lady Miss Kier. Things are almost always popping off here around midnight, despite it being the middle of the week, because Wednesday is the new Friday — or so I've been told after three too many drinks. — Jay Barmann
Q Bar - 456 Castro Street - Wednesdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Photo from Daybreaker SF/3d Public Relations & Marketing

Daybreaker SF
If you're an early riser, a big dancer, and are cool with an event where the most mind-altering substance is (free) coffee, then may we suggest the bi-monthly(ish) SF iteration of the international "Daybreaker" franchise? When The Verge attended one of their early-morning SF events last July, it described the shindig as a “techie party," but attendees at their do last Tuesday at Supperclub said there were just as many "regular people" — "artists, writers, servers, a guy from Andronico's, the girl who does my hair" — at the 7:30-9:30 a.m. event,. Organizers emphasize that this is for proponents of "healthy living" only — it's an "alcohol-free zone" promised to leave your "soul gleaming" in the soberest of ways. Tickets (typically $20-$25) for their next party aren't available yet, but their PR rep says that if you give 'em your email address here, you'll be one of the first to know when and where you can next break the day. -- Eve Batey

The speakers at Monarch

Weekends at Monarch
Like Audio, but on a smaller scale, Monarch hosts a revolving cast of cool DJs like Tiga, Jimmy Edgar, and Horse Meat Disco. And they've got an awesome soundsystem in the basement dance area — the underground-ness of which lends itself automatically to a good time. — Jay Barmann
6th and Mission

Photo from Sunset Sound System's 11/28/14 event: Sunset Sound System/Facebook

Sunset Sound System
Founded way back in 1994, when we all had land lines and the only things you could get delivered were pizza and Chinese food, Sunset Sound System is one of San Francisco's most venerable dance party organizers, reliably helping you shake your ass since most of the interns in your office were in diapers. Known both for outdoor events and semi-regular nights at Mezzanine, at publication time their next party is February 15, 2015, aboard the San Francisco Spirit (which is a boat). Described as a "mature twist" on your "Winter Formal or maybe the Prom," attendees are urged to don their "best or most funky threads" for an event just like a high school dance but "the music will be better." Given how long these folks have been throwing these hootenannies, we're inclined to believe them. -- Eve Batey

Swagger Like Us
It's one of the Bay's only queer hip-hop nights, and it's a little more than that — there's a healthy mix of other dance tracks as well as stage performances thrown in. The party draws a younger, mixed, very diverse and very fun crowd that you can get a sample of from the video above, and it currently alternates between The Elbo Room in the Mission and the new Oasis in SoMa, so check Facebook for the next date. — Jay Barmann

Sundaze at The EndUp via Facebook

The stuff of San Francisco legend, the EndUp at 6th and Harrison in SoMa began as a gay after hours club in 1973. But some things change, and as with the departure of the flashing plastic translucent floor, so too has the culture at the club shifted toward a mixed crowd. "Sundaze," a weekly Sunday dance party, is usually considered the best way to experience the EndUp of this decade. It's an outdoor afternoon of Top 40, hip-hop, and EDM on one of the city's most beloved patios. For venue history nerds, "Church," a highly popular Sunday dance party during the '70s, could be counted as a precursor. Sadly, the bouncers are none too friendly, and other drawbacks include the long lines and occasional creeps. However, it'll take more than that to dethrone the EndUp. — Caleb Pershan
401 6th Street at Harrison

Hard French at El Riovia Facebook

Hard French
Hard French, the roving monthly daytime dance party that touches down at spots like El Rio, is a go-to for its raucous crowds and Motown jams. Mixed but with queer leanings, the fun is for everyone and the organizers have even spread their wings to LA and Palm Springs. As they put it, Hard French "sets out to modernize, takeover, revamp, trick out, revive, and do up the dance party experience." Count on DJ Carnita to spin the hits and barbecue to keep you moving. You'll be constantly entertained by the outfits, which are typically unbelievable, so make sure to dress snappily and make a statement. Go hard or go home! — Caleb Pershan
3158 Mission Street at Precita

A shot from Honey's Deviants party at Folsom Street Fair. Photo: Facebook

Honey Soundsystem
It's not an every-Sunday thing anymore, but the boys of Honey Soundsystem are still bringing the magic to SF in between their travels on occasional Sundays and other days, especially on holiday (and gay holiday) weekends, most often at Mighty. The music runs the gamut from house-y to trance-y to EDM-ish, and they'll occasionally feature guest sets from their international DJ friends. The crowd tends to be gayer than mixed, but they always want to dance, and lines will form outside these parties when word gets around. Check Facebook for upcoming parties and locations. — Jay Barmann

We Are Monsters
Every first Friday of the month at Underground SF, the little Lower Haight club with its compact dancefloor and tiny smoking patio, We Are Monsters descends for drinking and dancing. You can stream their jams on Soundcloud to get an idea of the vibe, which is as far from Top 40 as it gets. As DJ Jason Greer put it to SF Weekly, "We Are Monsters is a party Mozhgan and I started a couple years ago as a monthly at 222. We both had an idea of the kind of music that we wanted to play and book. It can be anything from Italo disco, dark wave, post industrial, spaced-out house, Robitussin disco, and my new favorite name for a genre that Mike Bee from Vinyl Dreams came up with, drug chug." When 222 closed, says Greer, Underground SF picked up where it left off. — Caleb Pershan
424 Haight Street near Webster

Daytime Realness at El Rio
From March to October the last couple of years, Heklina, DJ Carnita (Tom Temprano of Hard French), and Stanley Frank have been throwing this consistently fun gay monthly, on third Sundays. The mix of Carnita's soul tracks, Frank's dance tracks, Heklina's ragtag bunch of drag performers, and occasional guest stars keeps this party fresh and different. And to help soak up all the day-drinking, there's always a food vendor onsite. And the name, FYI, is a drag term referring to makeup that can pass muster in the daylight. — Jay Barmann
3158 Mission Street at Precita, third Sundays in spring and summer

thePeople via Facebook

Started in 2007, thePeople takes place every fourth Saturday at The New Parish in downtown Oakland. Expect DJs, dancers, and music lovers of all stripes to fill this intimate two-floor venue and spill onto the patio. Hip-hop oriented, thePeople is a party sure to put you in good spirits and get you on the dance floor. But, to be a little cheesy, it's the people that make thePeople and the New Parish shine. — Caleb Pershan
579 18th Street, Oakland

Honorable Mentions:

Future Factory @ Temple (Fridays)

Tubesteak Conexxxion @ Aunt Charlie's (every Thursday)

Mighty Real @ Mighty

Chaos @ Beatbox

Annual Events: Breakfast of Champions, Juanita More's Pride Party, Deviants at Folsom Street Fair, Ghost Ship, Decompression.

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