Party Earth Review A multi-level club featuring three dance floors, Temple Nightclub lets its diverse patrons party it up for Mother Earth, with wall-to-wall eco-friendly lighting and a rooftop composter that helps keep nearly three-quarters... ... read full review
540 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
BART: Montgomery Station
MUNI F Line: Market St. & 2nd Street
Th 10pm–3am, F–Sa 10pm–4am
SoMa, San Francisco –
A multi-level club featuring three dance floors, Temple Nightclub lets its diverse patrons party it up for Mother Earth, with wall-to-wall eco-friendly lighting and a rooftop composter that helps keep nearly three-quarters of the venue’s waste from the landfill.
Plus there’s sushi and hot dogs inside. Hallelujah!
But guests shouldn’t expect a teepee-strewn warehouse reeking of soy. In fact, first-time visitors might be surprised when they enter The Shrine main room, where bright marble floors are scattered with white linen tables, ivory-colored columns sprout from the dance floor, and looming Asian masks dot the otherwise bare walls.
Rotating DJs keep The Shrine thumping with electro house and dubstep, while hungry visitors can hit the full-service Ki Sushi joint steps away or the hot dog stand that’s occasionally set up by the smoking area.
The downstairs Destiny Lounge has a similar minimal-mod look, with low leather couches occupied by the bottle service set, thirty-five flashing monitors flickering over dolled-up revelers shaking it on the dance floor, and special lighting that changes the color of the entire space.
Further down still is the aptly named Catacombs and its chamber vibe, where couples can get intimate behind stone pillars and sculptures as the bar satiates dancers taking a break from the third DJ’s sets.
Fancy enough to be chic and varied enough to be creatively cool, Temple Nightclub touts a festive vibe that feels anything but recycled.
Even though, technically, it is.
Crowd varies based on the booked DJs, but usually includes hip-hop aficionados, dubstep devotees, industry folks, big birthday groups, dolled-up college girls, slap-happy suburbanites, and a smattering of bottle service divas, early 20s to late 30s.
Rotating DJs spin in the main The Shrine room upstairs, the downstairs Destiny Lounge, and the further downstairs Catacombs. Music usually centers on electro-house and dance in The Shrine, electro, trance, and dubstep in Destiny, and old-school rap with some Top 40 in The Catacombs.
Occasional special guest live bands.
Regular house dancers in The Shrine.
Several monitors and impressive lighting displays throughout.
Full menu of sushi and other Japanese fare – also with an emphasis on sustainability – at the adjoining Ki Sushi restaurant. Restaurant can be accessed without entering the club. Reservations accepted.
Hot dog stand intermittently set up by the venue’s smoking area on the main floor.
Bottle service special on Fridays features 50% off the first bottle with purchase of a second bottle.
Cover charge: free before 10pm, $5 thereafter on Thursdays; free before 11pm if on guest list, $15 thereafter on Fridays; $5 before 11pm if on guest list, $20 thereafter on Saturdays.
Sushi $6–$18. Hot dogs $5. Beer $5–$7, wine $5–$7, cocktails and rails $7–$10. Bottle service $275+.
Club casual to dressy: Cool vintage wear, blazers, stylish t-shirts, funky accessories, cute tops, sexy pencil skirts.
Temple’s limited opening hours promise a packed and bumping scene on every level Thursdays through Saturdays, though Thursdays tend to offer the cheapest cover charge while Saturdays routinely host the bigger-name DJs.
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