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Dalva: One long hallway of a bar, the low-lit Dalva boasts great sangria and nightly DJs spinning various kinds of hip, cool music. If the tunes get too loud for conversation (which they often do), head to the not-so-secret back room. 3121 16th St. (at Valencia), 252-7740.
Delirium Bar: A change of name and management has turned this grubby Mission District haunt into a slightly less grubby Mission District haunt, with nightly DJs playing good ol' rock 'n' roll. Locals flock here for free hot dogs and pool on Sundays. 3139 16th St. (at Albion), 552-8558.
Deluxe: The art deco style of this Haight Street bar brings out the swing-music scenesters and Frank Sinatra devotees. Enjoy live jazz and retro tunes as you sip your award-winning martini. 1509 Haight (at Ashbury), 552-6949.
Detour: Smack in the heart of the Castro, this small, dimly lit hangout pumps thumping electronica from its speakers and covers its walls with suggestive pictures. A gay bar with attitude. 2348 Market (at Noe), 861-6053.
Deuces: Karaoke and acoustic music (including live bands on the weekends) highlight this unassuming hideaway deep in the Sunset, where pool and darts reign supreme until 49er season, when the tube takes over. 2319 Taraval (at 33rd Ave.), 564-2212.
DNA Lounge: The newly remodeled DNA is a longtime fixture on this happening 11th Street block. Regular goth and industrial parties happen alongside the occasional house or hip hop jam. 375 11th St. (at Folsom), 626-1409.
Don Ramon's: Huge portions of Mexican fare, plenty of comfy seating, and frequent appearances by strolling mariachi players are the key ingredients of this SOMA dining hall. 225 11th St. (at Howard), 864-2700.
Dot Restaurant: Those familiar with Nick "Joe Boxer" Graham's through-the-looking-glass venues (the Red Room, Backflip, Sno-drift) know to expect a Dr. Seussian flair. The club's infrequent live music offerings follow the eclectic decorum with DJ sets that run the gamut of electronic, lounge, and vintage rock sounds. Miyako Hotel, 1611 Post (at Laguna), 922-7788.
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.
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.
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), 554-8436.
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.