Best Party Boys - 2003
Martel Toler and Nabiel Musleh
Known to nightlife aficionados as simply Martel and Nabiel, these two have carved a deep niche in San Francisco club culture. They run M&N Promotions, responsible for some of the most successful parties in town. Friends since the '80s, the entrepreneurs began "Release" in 1990, renting out warehouse space in the Produce District. "Release" relocated to 1015, the city's largest nightclub, in 1995 and continues to flourish with more than 1,000 party hounds attending each Saturday night -- a tenure almost unheard of in S.F., given the fickle temperament of your average clubber. Martel and Nabiel keep the party fresh with internationally renowned DJs, and are always on the lookout for emerging talent. Their résumé of successful parties includes "The Leopard Lounge" at HiFi, "Plastique" at Big Heart City, "Séance" at Backflip, and "Eye-Spy" at V/SF. They currently host "Square" every Friday at Ruby Skye and the popular summertime "Wet Party," an all-day event at the former Backflip where scantily clad babes mingle with the boys by the pool and everyone shakes his thang till way past sundown. Despite their success, Martel and Nabiel remain as unaffected and personable as ever, chatting with old-timers and introducing themselves to new faces in the crowd. Their endless networking has paid off in more ways than one: M&N devotees frequent the promoters' restaurants (Sushi Groove and Sushi Groove South) and Bacchus, a funky little wine bar on Russian Hill. The two plan to open another restaurant/wine bar later this year on Folsom, and they've just wrapped up production of Chilled Wine, a CD of downtempo compilations (from the likes of Richard Dorfmeister) selected from the playlist at Bacchus. Thanks, guys, for providing so much fun!