Thursday, January 29, 2015

Serious Beats, Serious Booze

Audio Discotech melds DJ culture with San Francisco cool


San Francisco is not Vegas.

We like our spaces small and dark, our cocktails mixed slowly, and our lines short.

Which is why Audio — scheduled to open August 16 in SoMa — makes so much sense.

It's intimate (390 people max), is co-owned by the man who brought us Foreign Cinema, and sports a DJ booth and recessed dance floor decked in walnut.

About those floors: they're spring-loaded. Which means the high-heeled temptress you've been dancing with won't be too tired to strut her stuff on the built-for-dancing platform behind your horseshoe-shaped leather banquette, her body silhouetted by 800 LEDs pressed into pintucked red velvet.

She looks thirsty. You should probably get her a drink. Fortunately, you're both in good hands; the beverage menu is the work of Rickhouse alum Russell Davis. So you won't be stuck sipping vodka sodas 'till 2a.

What you drink after 2a is your problem. Or maybe hers. Depends on whose place you end up at.

316 11th St. (at Folsom), SoMa

Parking: Street.
Scene: Trade your collared shirt for a white tee and biker jacket. Extra points for a week's worth of beard growth.
Who's spinning: Thursdays = EDM (EDX is slated to spin Aug 22), Fridays = open format, Saturdays = deep, danceable house
Table service: Parking your crew at a cushy banquette requires $500 worth of bottle service.
To infinity and beyond: The eight-foot infinity mirror behind the DJ booth reflects light from 400 LEDs. Warning: Staring for too long will leave you more twisted than the cocktail you're downing.
Nearby: Bar Agricole; Una Pizza Napoletana; DNA Lounge

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