This is one nightclub that’s actually all about the music (not just the bottle service).
The Mezzanine is not your average dance club. Though it can be the perfect place for drinking vodka Red Bulls and dancing all night long to house music, it’s just as comfortable hosting a diverse set of genres including hip-hop, brass band, nu disco, Latin, soul, and indie rock. (In the past, Mezzanine has booked names like Riff Raff, Boys Noize, and the Rebirth Brass Band.) Tucked in an alleyway between 5th and 6th Streets, the venue might look small from the outside, though it’s anything but. The two-story building has a large dance floor on the lower level and several lounge areas upstairs with a balcony view, altogether giving the space a 1,000-person capacity. It’s just big enough for a good-sized crowd while still maintaining an intimate, close-to-the-stage feel.
The venue’s September schedule of shows are stacked with the diversity Mezzanine is known for. First, Bay Area native Goapele will use her unique take on soul and R&B—which edges into trip hop, a spin on the breakbeat genre—as a backdrop for her self-written lyrics calling for socioeconomic and political change (9/17). Then, English indie dance rockers Bloc Party will take the stage (9/19), followed by nu disco maven Le Youth (9/23), whose chilled out, funky beats will have you swaying in harmony with the rest of the crowd. Finally, the month wraps up with The Heavy (9/27), an English funk rock quartet known for their screaming anthem “How Do You Like Me Now?” (a question we’re betting the audience will answer with a resounding, “Loads!”). For a night out, it doesn’t get much better than these acts. The only problem left to solve? Where to get the night started before the show.
Things To Do Near Mezzanine in San Francisco
Luckily, the Mezz is within walking distance of plenty of great shops, restaurants, and bars. Whether you’re looking for something with a hint of soul and R&B, indie rock, or a little bit of both, this part of the city delivers the perfect pregame.
Start at San Francisco’s stocked Westfield San Francisco Centre, which draws crowds by the thousands during big shopping seasons. Inside you’ll find all the usual clothing and accessory options, but we especially like off-the-radar Aritzia, where ladies can find casual club-ready clothes that translate seamlessly to daily street style.
Work up an appetite shopping, then head east to the corner of Mason and Turk Streets and grab a bite at Farmerbrown, a cozy eatery specializing in soul food like mac & cheese and catfish sandwiches.
From there, walk a few minutes down Turk past Taylor Street, where you’ll find Aunt Charlie’s, one of San Francisco’s beloved, but rapidly disappearing, dive bars. The venue specializes in cheap cocktails and one of the best drag shows in the city. The history is important here, too: The atmosphere is a throwback to the early days of house music, when DJs—inspired by disco and soul tracks—spun the stuff at gay clubs in New York City before it was cool.
From Aunt Charlie’s, your walk to Mezzanine is simple and quick: just turn right down Taylor, follow it as it becomes 6th, and hang a left on Jessie Street. You’ll be inside and ordering your first drink on your quest to dance the night away in less time than it took to read this piece.