Bouncer

The best new club in S.F., Madrone Lounge, is a -- gasp! -- collective art space

Then there was the music. The DJ hadn't come on yet (there are DJ nights here just about every day of the week), so a mix was being played, and it was fantastic: cerebral but not didactic hip hop blended into a bit of weird indie-rock noise and then back to a remix of some obscure '60s soul number. Now, many places do this stuff and it sounds generic, like they're trying to be hip. But this music truly was exceptional, obviously culled from an open-minded crate-digger's collection and not some Buddha Bar comp. The crowd was hip but down to earth, like NYU grad students or something.

Fakouri has already set her sights on saving an old theater down the street, part of that "community" thing she promised. But mostly she is reinventing the Western Addition by making it a cool destination with the help of the Independent a block away. Now that's what I call the boombah-kumbaya.

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