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A liquor license ownership dispute with the A.B.C. - and subsequent eviction/repossession of the venue by police and the landlord - has led to the (perhaps temporary) closure of this club. Keep an eye peeled for future updates.
The Paradise Lounge has been described as "a labyrinth of neon lights, multiple levels, three bars, and two dance floors" - and though the venue isn't as large as that makes it sound, it's not hard for newcomers to get disoriented while wandering between the downstairs main room, the upstairs smoking room, the windowed "Above Paradise" bar, and the windowless DJ room behind that. Located at the happening intersection of Folsom and 11th Streets, this revived nightclub manages to squeeze a lot into its little space.
As long as baby boomers remain in positions of power in the media, the mythos of the '60s will never die. Free love, Woodstock, the bloated dinosaurs of classic rock -- they've all been used to sell products ad infinitum. Luckily, here in San Francisco, there exists a wealth of DJs devoted to the more obscure delights of the era. Every second Friday at the Paradise Lounge since February 2009, "Ooh La La" highlights the garage-rock, girl-group, French pop, and Northern soul songs that... More »
It may seem insane to open a nightclub during the current economic freefall, but that just makes the people behind the newly refurbished Paradise Lounge that much cooler. The venerable SOMA venue's latest incarnation is similar to its last one -- as a dance club. (Locals with long memories might miss the '90s version, with its all-live music format, but hey, those times are long gone.) And while there are still plenty of electro and techno DJ nights, including some that feature... More »
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