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Best Nightclub That's a Symbol for the Tech Boom 

The Grand

In the '70s and early '80s, the Trocadero Transfer was one of the best gay clubs in San Francisco. It had superior sound, forward-thinking DJs from New York and Miami, and an atmosphere that — if the stories are to be believed — has yet to be surpassed by anyone here since. Sadly, though, the space that housed the Trocadero has been in near-constant decline since the club's closure in the '90s. The Grand is perhaps the best iteration of the room yet, though it's a complete change: For people with a lot of disposal income to burn, it tops a shortlist of places in the city offering a full-on Las Vegas-style club experience, complete with magnums of Dom Pérignon, venue-employed booth babes, and impressively intense C02 cannons. The venue's switch from gay counterculture mecca to a haven for young money is the tech boom in a nutshell.

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