Best Semiprivate Club San Francisco 2006 - Otis
Coyishly concealed on Maiden Lane with no sign, no listed phone, and no obnoxious club beats blaring from the doors, this semiprivate club initially comes off as a tad too high-end for us regular club-goers. But once you step inside this cozy but exquisitely adorned little spot, the friendliness of the wait staff wins you over, as does the tan-and-gold peacock-inspired décor. The booze isn't nearly as pricey as you'd expect, and nightly specials help you get your drink on. Otis' diverse crowd might range from former Mayor Willie Brown to Matt Gonzalez to drag impresario Juanita MORE! The upstairs area complete with acrylic coffee tables and relaxing couches next to the balcony, on which any number of top-notch DJs spin every night is also a great escape, especially since the downstairs can get packed after midnight. It's one of the few local nightclubs that can be called elegant and sophisticated, minus the pretension and attitude.