Party Earth Review Part dive bar, part DJ dance floor, and part live performance venue, Make-Out Room is a smorgasbord of nightlife delights clearly seen through the horn-rimmed specs of its regular clientele. After forking over the cover... ... read full review
3225 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
BART: 24th Street Mission
MUNI J Line: Church Street & 22nd Street
Mission, San Francisco –
Part dive bar, part DJ dance floor, and part live performance venue, Make-Out Room is a smorgasbord of nightlife delights clearly seen through the horn-rimmed specs of its regular clientele.
After forking over the cover to the hipsteroid bouncer, patrons enter an elaborately decorated room featuring hundreds of streamers dangling from the high ceiling and more than a few rhinestone deer heads peering down from the walls.
Before the night’s act takes the stage, casual couples swap sweet nothings over $3 microbrews at the bar, while groups of young professionals fill the booths and pretend their quirky days are behind them – no easy task when a demonic baby head glows ominously in a fish tank behind the bar.
The variety of music – which ranges from afro-beats and soul to electronica and salsa – translates into a diverse mix on the dance floor, where music fans squeezing their way toward the small red-curtained stage can just as easily be Latin lovers one night and emo kids the next, all with the common goal of bouncing to the beat.
Those in need of a break can elbow their way past dancing hips to the booths and tables around the perimeter, where worn-out patrons cool down beneath a mounted bearskin and a painting of a family of snails.
Quirky and cool, Make-Out Room is a stellar spot for live music – as well as an ideal hideaway for newly-formed couples looking to support the bar’s name.
Diverse mix of hipsters, emo kids, hip-hop and afro beat lovers, literature fans, and anyone looking to shake, rattle, or…droll, 20s to 30s.
Live music or DJs nightly. Live band Fridays and Saturdays until around 10pm, followed by a DJ. Loose Joints! dance party on Fridays, El SuperRitmo Latin American night on Saturdays. The monthly Romane Event and Monthly Rumpus feature comedy nights and book readings. Check website for latest lineup.
No food. Cash only. ATM on site. Happy Hour M–Th, Su 6–8pm.
Cover charge $5–$20, though usually free M–Th. Beer $3–$4, wine $6–$10, cocktails $7–$9, mixed drinks $5–$7. Coat check $2 (F–Sa only).
Anything goes: from designer denims and fancy blazers to ripped t-shirts and faded jeans.
Fridays for the dance party and Saturdays for the Latin American club vibe.
Open until 3 or 4am, El Farolito (2779 Mission Street) offers big burritos to satisfy that dancing appetite.