Best Place to Sport a Mullet - 2005
100 Cargo (at Jennings), Pier 96, 826-5009, www.poundsf.com
Are you nostalgic for the days when androgynous glam-rockers filled the airwaves with future strip-club staples like "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Unskinny Bop," and "Girls, Girls, Girls"? Then let your hair down -- so far down that it's fashionably objectionable -- at Pound-SF, an all-ages club on the outskirts of downtown where leather-clad thrashers of yesterday and today (King Diamond, Andrew W.K.) grace the same stage as metal-mad idolaters like Hangar 18, a Megadeth tribute band. For those willing to endure the challenge of finding parking in the club's often-packed lot, the payoff is rich: The headbangers' ball rages unabated year-round at the Pound, which features a full bar and freshly cooked snacks at minimal cost. Better yet, locals weaned on the likes of Dio and Deicide can show off their chops at the Battle of the Band competitions.