The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

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Xosar plays at Monarch on Saturday.
It's hard to think of a holiday that inspires more fear and loathing than Valentine's Day. Hopefully you have something planned, but if not, don't worry: We've got just the thing to help you pass the time. As usual, we've assembled this handy list of parties we think would be good for a night on the town with a sweetheart (or meeting a new one). Read on -- your weekend awaits.


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The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

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Benoit & Sergio play at Monarch on Saturday.
As sure as the world turns, so too do the days roll by. We're not sure how to connect that last sentence with this one, but who cares? It's Thursday, which means it's time to start thinking about what to get into this weekend. To aid you in your never ending search for a good time, we've assembled this handy guide, which this week features a full roster of badass parties: There's some top-flight minimal techno, a little bit of tech-house, and even an opportunity to hear some truly excellent psychedelic music from the '60s. Read on -- your weekend awaits.

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The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

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Levon Vincent plays at Public Works on Saturday.
In the pantheon of things that make us happy, few satisfy like a good three-day weekend. And guess what: it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, which means we're all in for a nice, long bout of satisfaction over the next few days. As usual, here's our guide to all the fun, with options that touch on the city's intense rave scene (a little psy-trance, perhaps?) as well as the usual dose of excellent house and techno. Read on -- your weekend awaits.

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The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

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Mr. Ties plays at F8 on Friday.
Ready for a good time? Well, we hope you are, because the work week is almost over, which means its time to blow off some steam. The best way to do that is to head into San Francisco's clubland for a night on the town. To assist you in this vital endeavor, we've assembled this handy list of parties that you really shouldn't miss, with entries that touch on familiar sounds like diva-led retro house and slamming techno, as well as relatively obscure genres, like dub-wise and heavy U.K. dubstep. Whatever you're into, read on -- your weekend awaits.


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The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

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Cut Chemist Plays at 1015 Folsom this Friday.
Before we begin: Happy new year and welcome to 2014! We know you probably got a lot of your energy out on Wednesday and Thursday, but hopefully you've still got a little left, because there's plenty of fun stuff headed your way in the next few days. This time there's some house, a lot of disco, and even a touch of hip-hop turntablism. Read on -- your weekend awaits.

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The Top Five Parties in San Francisco: How to Party for 28 Hours on New Year's Eve

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Matthew Dear plays Public Works on New Year's Eve.
Secular or religious, no matter your faith, we hope you had a good and relaxing holiday, and that you're feeling rested for the mayhem to come. This week's party rundown is a little different, and that's due to the monumental nature of New Year's Eve. To better prepare you, we've augmented our usual coverage with a full-blown guide to all that's happening this Tuesday evening and Wednesday day. Read on --your weekend (and New Year's Eve) awaits.


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The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

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tINI plays at Public Works on Saturday.
Christmas is coming! Withhold your excitement for a minute and consider this: you have one last weekend to party before everything shuts down 'til New Year's Eve. To help you relieve your holiday stresses, we've assembled this handy list of top parties. So go ahead, slip in a dance or two between your frantic last-minute attempts to buy gifts for the family, you deserve it. Read on -- your weekend awaits.


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The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

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Juan Maclean plays Audio Discotech on Friday.
Well, it's almost the dead of winter. And while that might lead some to believe that San Francisco's party scene is slowing down, the truth is that it's just as vibrant as ever. For this week's round of parties, we've assembled some killer options, with most falling towards the more accessible end of house and techno. Don't be left out in the cold, here are our picks! Read on -- your weekend awaits.


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The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

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Go Bang! celebrates its fifth year this Saturday.
Before we rundown the parties, let's just get one thing out of the way: it's freaking cold! Whoever accidentally tripped the winter switch ought to go and figure out a way to reverse the process. Until then, however, you'll just have to move around a lot to stay warm, and what better way to do that than to get lost in San Francisco's thriving nightlife? Here are our top picks for the weekend, with options that include sweat-drenched '70s disco, cutting-edge tech-house, and even a party entirely dedicated to Stevie Wonder. Read on -- your weekend awaits.


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The Top Five Parties in San Francisco This Weekend

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Ben UFO plays at F8 on Friday.

Just a quick PSA: food comas and partying rarely mix. With that in mind, we suggest you take it easy on the turkey this Thanksgiving, and keep yourself spry for what looks to be one of the best weekends for nightlife in quite awhile. To help you keep track of everything, we've assembled this handy list, with events featuring top-notch techno, cutting-edge UK house, and even a little bit of trip-hop. Read on -- your weekend awaits.

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