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Hard French

If you live in San Francisco, and you like to party, you are indeed lucky. This city is blanketed in quality entertainment across a whole spectrum of interests every night of the week. Perhaps the sheer volume can account for how rapidly some parties ascend into popularity, and how quickly some disappear. We've all shown up at midnight to dusty dance floors that six weeks earlier were the talk of the town. I've learned to grow weary of "it" parties; preferring the tried and true staples of the San Francisco scene. That's probably why it took me almost six months from its inception to make it to Hard French. Crossing Cesar Chavez, nearly a full city block from the doors of the El Rio I could hear the crowd, and I experienced my first reaction to the best damn party in the city: "Man, where have I been all this time?"

It's one thing to throw a party on a Saturday night. Nearly half of the Bay Area is in high heels and dress shirts, swarming out of the bart stations clutching underlined copies of the free weeklies and looking for a good time. It's another thing to do it in the afternoon.

Here, Hard French has concocted the perfect recipe: barbecue, sunshine, an open air dance floor, and several heaping spoonfuls of some of the most danceable, smooth, hard 60s R&B and soul sides around.

Then there's the fact that every month the place is jam-packed with every kind of imaginable subsection of the SF nightlife: everybody's welcome, and pretension is at a minimum. This is when a party takes a magical turn, and becomes a celebration.

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San Francisco's only indie rock video dance party is hosted at Madrone Art Bar every third Saturday of the month.

Check out DJs Ryan Poulsen and Dimitri Dickinson spinning hip hop every third Saturday at Knockout in the Mission.

Enjoy poets, writers, and novelists recite their latest work while toasting to a cocktail at Koko Cocktails.

Enjoy a plate of lumpia, have a margarita, and get your dance on every 4th Thursday at the Lookout's Dirty Dishes in The Castro.

Held every fist Sunday of the month, Underground SF hots the city's best 70s disco dance party.

Every Wednesday night, Juanita MORE! and Joshua J. host this deep house infused night at Q bar on Castro Street.

Don't miss Edinburgh Castle's 9-year standing all vintage vinyl dance party, held bi-weekly on Wednesdays.