Lost in the Night: New Year's Eve at the Knockout and Public Works

Double Feature: Oldies Night and KiNK

Dec. 31, 2011

The Knockout and Public Works

Better than: Being away from San Francisco for new years.

It was 10:45 p.m. and I was lucky enough to be in a cab speeding towards the Outer Mission. Thinking strategically, we planned our evening to start at the Knockout's canonical Oldies Night and end at Public Works' big rave with Honey Soundsystem, Sunset, and KiNK. Ducking through traffic, our taxi weaved by an escalating street scene in front of Nap's 3 and stopped right across from the Knockout. A Marlboro-addled crowd of hip scenesters, strictly attired in thrift store apparel, formed a line that stretched from the entrance of the venue on down to Taqueria Cancun. It was a lively group, though one that seemed unhappy to be waiting.

Inside, the club was slammed. A potent smell reminiscent of stale alcohol and sweat matched the sheer number of bodies mashed into the small venue. It was so crowded that moving further inside felt like navigating a mosh pit. Constant body-to-body contact was the norm for the evening. The immediacy provoked a lively atmosphere. This was amplified by the sounds being blasted through the club's PA system: Giant cartoon-like saxophone riffs and reckless organ playing tore through the room with all the grace and subtlety of the Kool-Aid Man.

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