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Jezebel's Joint: The overdone "80s décor of this bar, which has a small movie room upstairs and whose occasional DJs play altrock and metal, has hung around long enough to catch credit for being retro; it matches the outrageous seediness of Jezebel"s clientele ("The bar for doms "n" daddies, strippers and trannies"). 510 Larkin (at Turk), 345-9832.
Jillian's: This after-work hangout -- part of a national chain of club/restaurants with a billiards theme -- becomes a dance spot on the weekends. 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6100.
Johnny Foley's Irish House/Cellar: Music lovers cherish the intimate cellar underneath Johnny Foley's Irish Pub, where songsmiths like Ron Sexsmith, Josh Rouse, and Lisa Loeb have all performed. A venue so intimate that musicians must use the audience bathroom. 243 O'Farrell (at Cyril Magnin), 954-0777.
Julip: Dalva's younger sister bar, Julip has built a reputation of its own with local DJs. A cozy, low-lit atmosphere in which to talk, meet that special someone, or down a few. 839 Geary (at Larkin), 474-3216.
Kate O'Brien's: Once a popular DJ destination, this downtown watering hole -- which feels like a friendly neighborhood Irish pub, with its shiny copper bar -- is now home to various live musicians Thursday through Saturday. 579 Howard (at Second St.), 882-7240.
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 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), 642-7687.
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.
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.
Liquid: A small bar with a small dance floor, but with some big-name DJs spinning some nights. Liquid is not in the best arrondissement of San Francisco, but therein lies its allure. 2925 16th St. (at South Van Ness), 431-8889.
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.
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.
Lush Lounge: A small bar that's big on atmosphere. Lush foliage, eclectically trimmed bathrooms, and an elevated stage (featuring salsa and jazz, typically) add to its cool loveliness. The history-rich Polk Street barflies have to be heard to be believed. 1100 Polk (at Post), 771-2022.