Best Thursday Night - 2002
We know there are many club choices on a Thursday night -- but how many offer a free cover; amazing DJs spinning deep house, Brazilian, and nu jazz; a dance floor; an eclectic crowd; and animated bartenders who concoct a mean drink for $5 or $6? Resident DJs Paul Craven, King Brit's Capitol A, David, and Tokyo imports Takeshi and Kazu keep the beat flowing until last call. The vibe is local -- no bridge-and-tunnelers here. Mission twenty- and thirtysomethings mingle with the random Marina chick slightly out of her element and the Castro boys who come to check out the lovely hetero bartenders in tight tees. It's old-school S.F., with booths and low-key ambience lending an authentic loungy feel. The format is so casual that the Skylark is known to allow a DJ to spin without notice -- such as Christian Prommer of Truby Trio, an artist you'd expect to pay $15 to hear at 111 Minna or DNA. And the stellar sound system is worthy of a larger space -- but shhh, we want to keep it right here.