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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 $5 blues-rock sets on the weekends, but during the week there's no cover and 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.
Harry Denton's Starlight Room: The gorgeous view of the city atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel is almost worth the dress code and $10 drinks; the Starlight Orchestra plays Motown classics Thursday through Saturday, and a DJ spins on weeknights. A favorite among tourists and S.F.'s old-money crowd. Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell (at Bush), 395-8595.
Harry's on Fillmore: Harry Denton's posh Fillmore Street bar features live DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. The elegantly decorated bar draws a large crowd of young professionals. 2020 Fillmore (at California), 921-1000.
Hemlock Tavern: A crowded, clamorous bar up front hides an elegant, sardine-can of a music room in back. By showcasing some of the world"s best underground rock bands, this microvenue has quickly become one of the city's best. 1131 Polk (at Post), 923-0923.
HiFi Lounge: This unassuming nightspot on traffic-filled Lombard Street is home to some down-and-dirty house and hip hop dance parties. Prepare to fight your way to the bar on Friday or Saturday night. 2125 Lombard (at Fillmore), 345-8663.
Hole in the Wall: This wildly friendly gay bar boasts a carefree house band that grooves and rocks, as well as DJs who spin just about everything, from classic rock to today's pop. 289 Eighth St. (at Folsom), 431-HOWL.
Holy Cow: It's always a party at the famous Holy Cow. Watch frat boys and bachelorette-party girls freak nasty on the dance floor as you sip half-price cocktails and groove to '80s music and R&B. 1531 Folsom (at 11th St.), 621-6087.
Hotel Utah: The Old West and old-time roots music come together again at the Hotel Utah Saloon, where a small stage, a dive bar, and a diversely stocked jukebox set the scene. 500 Fourth St. (at Bryant), 546-6300.
House of Shields: Though most of the melodies heard here are of the modern jazz variety, this Financial District steakhouse changes it up fairly often, eschewing the cocktail-lounge ambience for late nights with house DJs and even the occasional rock band. 39 New Montgomery (at Market), 495-5436.
Houston's: Its musical programming could be the most reliable in the city, since it tends toward long residencies by some of the finest local piano crooners playing such fare as pop standards from the '30s and '40s. 1800 Montgomery (at Embarcadero), 392-9280.
Hush Hush: Somewhat trendy and typically packed on weekends, this bar is dark yet inviting, owing to the quality weekly and monthly DJ parties it hosts (and its selection of 21 different vodkas). 496 14th St. (at Guerrero), 241-9944.
Il Pirata: With its black leather booths and no-frills atmosphere, this delightfully dingy watering hole offers a roster of DJs spinning Latin and salsa music, plus affordable drinks aplenty. 2007 16th St. (at Utah), 626-2626.
The Independent: The legendary live-music box on Divis has received a much-needed update, including covering the concrete floor (painful knees!) with a wood dance floor and carpeting, installing a powerful sound system, and instituting an open booking policy: Expect rock, folk, hip hop, and the occasional DJ night. 628 Divisadero (at Hayes), 771-1420.
Ireland's 32: In addition to a fine beer selection, darts, pool, European sports on TV, and pub grub, this Inner Richmond home-away-from-home for many Irish expats offers live music seven nights a week, covering everything from punk to traditional Irish music to an open mike night. 3920 Geary (at Third Ave.), 386-6173.
Jazz at Pearl's: Despite new owners (or perhaps because of them), Jazz at Pearl's still ranks as the top spot for live jazz in the city. Monday through Saturday, touring players swing by to scorch this landmark joint. 256 Columbus (at Broadway), 291-8255.
Jelly's: "Club Judah" -- an ongoing Friday night dance party dedicated to reggae, dub, and new-school tropical house -- is this SOMA destination's most happening party. During the week things are less crowded and more laid-back as DJs spin hip hop, house, and urban classics. 295 China Basin (at Mission Rock), 495-3099.
Jester's Lounge: Just off the lobby of the Argent Hotel, this cozy oasis of martinis and modern jazz is a destination for travelers and after-work locals alike. On Thursday and Friday nights the club hosts guitar guru Carl Lockett (a former bandmate of Chuck Mangione); on Saturdays, it's the ivory-tickling of Brent Weinbach. Argent Hotel, 50 Third St. (at Market), 974-8715.
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