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Kells Irish Restaurant & Bar: Have an old-fashioned Irish sing-along to live music (on weekends) at this classy, comfortable pub lined in brick and presenting gorgeous views of the bay. 530 Jackson (at Columbus), 955-1916.
Kelly's Mission Rock: This sprawling China Basin indoor/outdoor club sits right on the water and is host to some hot one-off events, which draw both local and international DJ talent playing everything from hip hop to house. 817 China Basin (off Third St.), 626-5355.
Kimo's: An atmosphere like a fisherman's garage (TV, surfboard, nets), it's the opposite of ritzy yet very fun. Upstairs on most nights you'll find some of the city's loudest punk, rock, and noise bands. 1351 Polk (at Pine), 885-4535.
La Scene: Premium cocktails, candlelit coziness, and piano jazz (Thursday through Saturday) make this upscale restaurant/bar on the ground floor of the Warwick Regis Hotel a popular stop for theatergoers, hotel guests, and Union Square loungers. Don’t expect too much by way of flashy entertainment: The piano players specialize in wallpaper music. 490 Geary (at Mason), 928-7900.
La Terraza: Though the club might be a little rough around the edges, the music at this Outer Mission hole-in-the-wall restaurant is top-notch. Latin club DJs and Norteña bands provide danceable selections all week long for the mostly local crowd. The beers are affordable, the vibe is usually friendly (don't cross the 7-foot-tall bouncer, though), and the covers are cheap. 3472 Mission (at Cortland), 285-1236.
Last Day Saloon: Early birds enjoy pool, foosball, and pinball at the street-level bar, but live-music lovers head upstairs for nightly shows -- mostly jam bands, but hip hop, jazz, and funk acts stop by regularly. 406 Clement (at Sixth Ave.), 387-6343.
Laszlo: Foreign Cinema's little cousin features DJs in a posh setting. Although it stands out like a sore raised pinkie in its coarse Mission Street surroundings, it's a nice change of pace in an area laced with dive bars. Lively locals spin dance music and party jams (though there's no dance floor), and an air of class makes it worthwhile as more than a convenient post-meal move. 2526 Mission (at 21st St.), 401-0810.
Le Colonial: Recalling Vietnam during the time of French colonization, the upscale Le Colonial restaurant features a gorgeous, palm tree-lined interior. It's slowly but steadily attracting special events such as Brown Hornet's monthly house music night "JetSet" (first Saturday of the month). 20 Cosmo (off Post), 931-3600.
Les Joulins Jazz Bistro: Steak 'n' jazz are the highlights at this Union Square bistro, with nightly live performances by strong local talent exploring the spectrum of the genre, from straight-ahead sounds to bebop. 44 Ellis (at Powell), 397-4436.
Levende Lounge: Like Butterfly Embarcadero, its slightly swankier sister restaurant at Pier 33, this Mission District oasis offers live jazz and DJ sets. Small jazz ensembles play Monday through Wednesday nights, and an assortment of downtempo, lite house, dub, and reggae is on the decks during the weekend. 1710 Mission (at Duboce), 864-5585.
Li Po Lounge: Granted, the competition is slim, but Li Po is the hippest rock venue in Chinatown. The dank little basement (below the dank little bar) hosts fringe punk, electro, and rock for a fashionista set, in an environment that has all the cinematic charms of the shadowy old neighborhood. 916 Grant (at Washington), 982-0072.
Lingba Lounge: The impeccable DJ regulars have a penchant for downtempo, Afro-Cuban, and Southern Hemisphere house, which form a perfect soundtrack for the club's safari-themed furnishings. There isn't much action on the dance floor until the crowd has had enough blender drinks, but the room makes for cozy, quality listening. 1498 18th St. (at Connecticut), 355-0001.
Lit: Blessed with an intricate wood bar, the former Pow! features live DJs and a scant dance floor, which could use a few more IKEA mirrors to open it up. An above-average place to spend the night. 101 Sixth St. (at Mission), 278-0940.
Little Baobab: The combination of Creole food, Senegalese cocktails, and Brazilian music makes Baobab a wonderful multicultural celebration of food and fun. 3388 19th St. (at Mission), 643-3558.
Loft 11: Hip hop and bass-y beats bounce from the turntables as well-dressed twentysomethings grind on the dance floor. 316 11th St. (at Folsom), 701-8111.
Lou's Pier 47 Club: Live blues blares seven days a week at Lou's, a tourist-attracting club and restaurant in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf that hosts more than 65 bands each month. 300 Jefferson (at Jones), 771-5687.
Luggage Store Gallery: This eclectic cultural collective hosts exhibits and music in this gallery space as well as two others in S.F. Depending on the night, there might be experimental instrumental sounds, a hip hop special event, or a comedy open mike. 1007 Market (at Sixth St.), 255-5971.
Mad Dog in the Fog: British expats flock here for televised "football" games and pints of their favorite ale. Check out the infamous pub quiz on Thursday, reggae DJs on Friday, and rockabilly bands on Saturday. 530 Haight (at Fillmore), 626-7279.
Make-Out Room: It feels almost like a bingo parlor at the community church. Fortunately, the quirky Midwestern atmosphere of this bar lends itself to the mostly folk and country acts that play here. 3225 22nd St. (at Mission), 647-2888.
Marrakech: Moroccan décor, Middle Eastern music (both live and DJ'd), and phyllo dough make Marrakech a choice spot for a meal or drinks. On weekends you can trade moves with professional belly dancers. 419 O'Farrell (at Gough), 776-6717.