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Dylan's Pub: This Welsh bar features an excellent selection of beer and a low-key, cozy atmosphere that draws a mostly local crowd. Free jazz every Sunday, and the Vespa Club of San Francisco meets every Thursday night. 2301 Folsom (at 19th St.), 641-1416.
E&O Trading Co.: This notable Southeast Asian restaurant brings in local pianist Cecil Wells for the weekend dinner hours. Wells and guests provide quality ivory-tinkling, including renditions of jazz, blues, and pop favorites, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 6 p.m. 314 Sutter (at Grant), 693-0303.
Eagle Tavern: SOMA's leather/daddy/alterna/beer bust spot for years, its Thursday night music series has proved popular as of late. An outdoor stage -- sadly, so rare in San Francisco -- and comfy patio act as yin to its sordid and cruisy yang. 398 12th St. (at Harrison), 626-0880.
Eastside West: This popular Marina Triangle restaurant is known for its oyster bar, but night transforms the seafood spot into a cool bar with hip hop DJs and live jazz. 3154 Fillmore (at Greenwich), 885-4000.
Edinburgh Castle: A bright, noisy, meat-and-potatoes beer bar on the first floor leads to a shower-size music room on the second, showcasing a variety of local bands, mostly of the indie pop stripe. 950 Geary (at Larkin), 885-4074.
Elbo Room: The Elbo Room ain't the rock Valhalla it once was, but a bar and pool tables downstairs and a low-priced music venue upstairs provide entertainment that varies between DJ nights and local bands ranging from hip hop to punk to bluegrass to samba. 647 Valencia (at 18th St.), 552-7788.
El Rio: With moderately priced (and heavily poured) drinks, a sprawling patio, and an intimate stage in a side room, this Mission District destination is a keystone of indie-hipster nightlife. 3158 Mission (at Cesar Chavez), 282-3325.
Empire Plush Room: What began as an illegal Prohibition-era speak-easy is still host to cabaret singers. York Hotel, 940 Sutter (at Hyde), 885-2800.
Endup: A nightclub that (fortunately) stays up well past its bedtime, the Endup has a hard-earned reputation as an after-hours mecca that still holds up. "Fag Fridays" and Sunday morning T-dances are as popular as ever. Sixth St. & Harrison, 357-0827.
Enrico's: This North Beach sidewalk cafe with lovely high ceilings and windows plays host to a discerning selection of live jazz musicians. 504 Broadway (at Kearny), 982-6223.
Esta Noche: A hub for the gay Latino community for more than two decades, Esta Noche offers its club patrons a refined DJ mix of Latin and house music and outrageous, gender-bending special events. 3079 16th St. (at Valencia), 861-5757.
EZ5: Nightly DJs spinning house, hip hop, and whatever's in between turn this mellow lounge into a rump-shakin' all-night party. 682 Commercial (at Kearny), 362-9321.
The Factory: If you're looking to get lost, the Factory's 1,500-person capacity (the biggest party space in town) does the trick. Throngs of see-and-be-seen clubbers populate its Saturday night happenings, which feature guest DJs spinning everything from high-energy club anthems to deep house grooves. 525 Harrison (at Essex), 339-8686.
Fiddler's Green: This bilevel Irish watering hole is a cute pit stop on the stroll between Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach. The kitchen occasionally offers traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage, and the bar serves a friendly pint. In the evening, DJs spin upstairs while live bands croon down below. 1333 Columbus (at Beach), 441-9758.
Fluid: Computer-controlled lighting creates a wavy atmosphere for weekend (and sometimes weekday) DJs to drop funky house, slippery hip hop, and all else cool at this glitzy, twentysomething hub. 662 Mission (at Annie), 615-6888.
Fuse: A breath of fresh air among the pricey, crowded bars of Broadway, Fuse is a low-key joint with a good vibe and excellent taste in soul and hip hop DJs (during the week) and trance and techno (on the weekends). 493 Broadway (at Kearny), 788-2706.
Ganesh: This affordable, tasty Indian dive brings in DJs who spin drum ’n’ bass, reggae, and Caribbean club classics every night of the week. Paneer tikka masala and irie riddims might seem like a peculiar combination, but the curious mishmash is well worth the stop. Though it’s filled mostly with a low-key set of locals, the place gets packed during special events. 270016th St. (at Harrison), 437-9240.
Glas Kat: During the week the Glas Kat complements its tapas fare with live salsa music and dance lessons (Tuesday), co-ed lounge singers (Wednesday), and smooth jazz and R&B (Thursday). On the weekend DJs take over, offering Friday night trance and house parties and Saturday soundtracks of disco and trance grooves. 520 Fourth St. (at Bryant), 957-9318.
Grant & Green: This dive in the heart of North Beach is a sure bet for loud rock, cheap drinks, and a crowd of local characters. A sidewalk barker pulls in tourists for blues-rock sets on the weekends, but during the week the place is reclaimed by long-haired locals who like their music a little rougher. 1371 Grant (at Green), 693-9565.
Harry Denton's Rouge: The high-energy weekend parties cater to the upper crust of party people, who are probably more interested in being seen than deep listening. But the DJs on the decks bring a wide selection of dance-floor faves -- from Top 40 and funky house to urban grooves and new soul. 1500 Broadway (at Polk), 346-7683.