Party Earth Review For those who worship Wu-Tang and roll their eyes at Lil’ Wayne, who think Young MC’s Bust a Move should be sung in church, and who rank Brooklyn’s 80s break dancing scene as their own version of Shangri-La, then it doesn... ... read full review
3192 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
BART: 16th Street Mission
MUNI J Line: Church Street & 16th Street
M 7pm–2am, Tu–Sa 5pm–2am, Su 6pm–2am
Mission, San Francisco –
For those who worship Wu-Tang and roll their eyes at Lil’ Wayne, who think Young MC’s Bust a Move should be sung in church, and who rank Brooklyn’s 80s break dancing scene as their own version of Shangri-La, then it doesn’t get much better than Double Dutch.
True, the venue is dark, cramped by design, and eye-blinkingly humid – and sometimes the DJs segue into Top 40 before the night is out – but there’s little doubt of this tiny club’s devotion to retro rap culture.
The bathrooms are covered with graffiti, stacks of a hundred-and-fifty glittering boom boxes backdrop the DJ booth, and photographs of swaggering b-boys toprockin’, freezin’, and generally pulling moves that would kill anybody over thirty line the walls.
There’s hardly ever a cover charge, even when the Mission bar-hopping crowd floods in Thursdays through Saturdays, filling the small bar and booths that run down either side of the narrow front half of the space, and grooving shoulder-to-shoulder on the small dance floor in back.
Most of the patrons probably think a ghetto blaster is a weapon from Star Wars, but that doesn't stop the youngsters from eating up the DJ-spun 80s and 90s classics with the kind of relish a typical club-goer demonstrates toward David Guetta’s latest Usher remix. If anything, Double Dutch proves that an old-school vibe is far from tired and good times can be rooted in decades far, far away.
There’s hardly ever a cover here. The only regular time they charge one is during Sunday’s Prequel Happy Hour from 6 to 10pm – but even that’s only $3, and you can avoid the charge altogether by RSVP-ing here.
Dance fiends, old-schoolers, retronauts, young barhoppers, college kids, amateur DJs, and hipsters who secretly love to dance, early to late 20s.
DJs spin old-school hip-hop, funk, and classic rock nightly. Sporadic guest performers and themed party events.
No food. No cover charge except for rare special events and 6–10pm on Sundays. Happy Hour M 7–9pm, Tu–F 5–8pm.
Beer $4–$7, wine $7, cocktails and wells $7–$10. $20 credit card minimum.
Casual to sexy: vintage wear, t-shirts, jeans, sexy tops, comfortable shoes.
Thursdays through Saturdays for a packed house by 11pm with barely room to move, or earlier in the day/week to chill with good friends and good beats without spilling too many drinks – at least not from errant elbows.
Gestalt Haus (3159 16th Street) brings in near-nightly eclectic DJs, promotes monthly local art shows, serves up fat German sausages, and pours a small but tasty selection of imported drafts and microbrews.