As you might imagine, Thanksgiving weekend isn't exactly the most lively time of the year. Yet, despite what you'd think, the city still offers plenty of options for those of you unaffected by heroic doses of tryptophan. In fact, following the theme of Black Friday, this weekend offers budget savvy nightlife fans with more than a handful of fun options that won't break the bank. Here's to the one weekend out of the year when "discount bottle service" sounds like a good idea.
Friday, November 25
What: Post-Thanksgiving Rave featuring Star Eyes, Worthy, and Sleazemore
When: 9:30 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.
Why: Looking to get a little classy on the cheap? Maybe you want to ball on a budget? Som's working the Black Friday angle this Friday with its "Post-Thanksgiving Rave." Headlining the bill is Brooklynite Trouble & Bass co-founder Star Eyes, who used to be a mainstay in the San Francisco drum 'n' bass community. Nowadays, she spends her time touring the world, dropping bass-heavy and booty shaking sets for throngs of enthusiastic clubbers. To get an idea of what she's all about, check out "Ride or Die," "Black Ice," and her recent remix of Tony Rocky Horror's "Bump N Grizzle." Lending support for the evening are Dirtybird's Worthy and Lights Down Low's Sleazemore.
What: The 9th Annual Leftovers Party
Where: 330 Ritch
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Nine years in the running, The Leftovers Party is a special event by locals for locals. This year's roster features a reunion of DJs Morse Code and Vin Sol, who, via their Superfriends party in the mid-'00s, were responsible for introducing San Francisco to the (then new) sound of artists like Steve Aoki, Catchdubs, and The Rub. Though today both Vin Sol and Morse Code focus mostly on disco and house (check out Morse Code's Pools project and Vin Sol's prolific Soundcloud page), The Leftovers Party represents a rare chance to catch them playing the kind of mind-bending and genre-spanning sets that earned them SF Weekly's coveted "Best Serial Party" award in 2007. Budget-minded partiers be advised: this one features a Stolichnaya hosted bar from 9-10 p.m. Come for the free booze, stay for the wild party.
Saturday, November 26
What: Go Bang! Third Anniversary Party
Where: Deco Lounge
When: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Why: Here's one for the discophiles. Go Bang! is one of the city's longest running "mixed" (too straight to be gay, too gay to be straight) disco parties. Started back in 2007 by KALX DJ Sergio Fedasz, the party has become one of the cornerstone monthly events in San Francisco's disco scene with a regular guest slot that's done a lot for the local community. In addition, the party's gone through a revolving cast of extremely talented resident DJs. Now celebrating its third anniversary, Go Bang! is gathering together many of its disparate selectors for a huge residents-only bash that includes (O.G. SF disco DJ) Steve Fabus, Gemini Disco's Nicky B. (flying up from Los Angeles), Tres Lingerie's Jordan Presnick & Johan Churchill, Honey Soundsystem's Ken Vulsion, and, of course, Sergio himself. As they say on their Facebook page, "San Francisco has a diverse disco scene that often crosses over but not often enough! The goal of Go BANG! is to bring the crews and their devoted dancers together in a mixed, diverse, exciting environment, with a nod to the diversity and freedom of the 70's/80's San Francisco/New York/Chicago disco nightlife!" Curious? Check out Go Bang!'s Soundcloud page for a selection of live-from-the-board mixes from previous parties.
What: Dark Room with special guests: B-R-A-N-E-S and Animal Bodies
Where: The Hot Spot
When: 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Why: Possibly San Francisco's only queer Goth party, Dark Room is a monthly descent into all things dark, freaky, and high concept. A unique party (among these selections at least) in that it mixes together drag (check out Lady Bear's performance at Dark Room's Folsom Street Fair party), live band performances, and DJ sets for an evening that promises to be a unique experience. As their Facebook page states, "Our party blends vintage and new dark electro, punk, industrial, gothic, and more into a QUEER positive and blended environment." This month the party returns with live performances from local coldwave revivalists B-R-A-N-E-S (stream the electroclash-tinged "Abracadaver") and Animal Bodies (watch the video for their gritty single "Venus Transit"). $5 gets you through the door.