If a glitzy venue on a bustling boulevard is nightclub nirvana, then Public Works isn’t for you. But if you prefer urban grit, maybe a quasi-hidden hang on an alley near an electrical supply warehouse, this is your joint. “We cater to the underground,” says owner Jeff Whitmore, and he ain’t just whistlin’ “Dixie (Flume remix).”
Part gallery (an evolving mural has been added to by the likes of Banksy), part concert venue for Diplo, Basement Jaxx and Mumford & Sons and at times both (like the four-night stand Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer curated with artists like Shepard Fairey and Palmer’s Grand Theft Orchestra), Public Works has something for everyone.
Everyone, that is, who digs dancing, imbibing and that underground vibe. Like the night a troupe staged a pagan ritual on a waterbed that leaked and flooded the dance floor? And the DJs proclaimed it a toilet-paper party and tossed hundreds of rolls into the crowd to sop up the mess? Yeah, that one.
Hitting the Mission District? Start at Dolores Park, where the people and music revive my love for the city.
Public Works never disappoints. I booked Krewella’s first SF show here, and I’ve seen Too Short with a live band. Use the FlyWheel app to taxi to an after-hours party or home—no surge pricing!
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