When the sun goes down, the Mission goes out. For nocturnal inspiration, check out our Events Calendar. But let us recommend some always-good neighborhood institutions to keep on your party radar: For shaking your tailfeathers, there’s Public Works for their frequent electro DJs and great live music, Elbo Room’s got frequent Soul and Reggaeton nights, and there’s no finer place to boogie to Afro-funk than Bissap Baobab’s weekly “Paris to Dakar” dance party.

The Mission has a couple of really excellent and intimate venues for seeing live music, such as The Red Poppy Art House and the Revolution Cafe. Recently opened, The Chapel occupies a former mortuary built in 1914 and features a well-curated calendar of acts. The old stalwart Amnesia has live music most nights of the week, featuring lots of folk and bluegrass. Brick and Mortar Music Hall also has a full calendar of great live acts.

El Rio often has a fairly mixed and persistently inclusive crowd and its monthly queer dance party Hard French is one of the most exceptional Saturday afternoon soul parties around.