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Ruby Skye
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Much like the city's iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco's finest club is one of both immense scale and inspiring architectural beauty. Originally constructed back in the 1890s, Ruby Skye is a venue that inspires instant awe in each and every person that crosses its historical threshold.

An epic Victorian amphitheatre that somehow retains a tangible, electric intimacy, the main room's elegant art-nouveau stylings and classic 19th century touches are more befitting of a Moulin Rouge cabaret than the laser-shot cauldrons that erupt here each weekend.

But whilst stepping into Ruby Skye's uniquely vintage setting on Mason Street is like a portal into a lost age, the soundsystem and lighting are as futuristic as they come. And this is where Ruby Skye really comes into its own. In full flow the place is a dizzying audiovisual blitz of piercing lasers and soaring screams to match any on Earth.

"The club itself is just a full epic space with a classic wraparound balcony - it's gorgeous," explains Ruby Skye regular D:Fuse. "You don't often get to play in an old ornate theatre and it's always an experience that sticks out.

"But beyond that, I've always thought that San Francisco in itself is one of the best scenes worldwide," he adds. "It's always been about people that are very cultured and very enthusiastic about music."

The superlative lauding of the San Fran's scene might seem overstated but delve into its history and you soon learn otherwise. Ever since Mark Farina's Mushroom Jazz parties back in the early-'90s, the Californian city has been loved worldwide for the sunny West Coast house style that Farina helped architect.

More recently, underground names like Justin Martin and Claude Von Stroke's Dirtybird crew have created a fresh techno template with their new-wave strain of deep, wonky techno and bumping underground house. And look closer into San Fran's crevices and you'll find homemade dubstep, d&b and breakbeat movements flourishing within the city.

But Ruby Skye itself remains a golden bridge to the global clubbing scene at large and - as with all epic amphitheatres - it is match-made for the soaring cathedral rushes of trance. It's no surprise that UK trance superstars Above & Beyond brought their 'Anjunabeats 100' tour to the club last June, whilst the club's 8th birthday in May saw the mighty Tiësto descend.

And diversity remains key at Skye. Over a 12-month span, the line-ups remain as mixed as the crowds that flock to enjoy them. Sasha, Digweed and Derrick Carter have all torn the place apart of late with everyone from Danny Tenaglia and Timo Maas to Ferry Corsten and Armin Van Buuren forming part of its nine-year clubbing history.

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BERGHAIN
2
FABRIC
3
SPACE IBIZA
4
WOMB
5
AMNESIA
6
MINISTRY OF SOUND
7
PACHA IBIZA
8
WATERGATE
9
D-EDGE
10
The End
11
Cocoon
12
GUVERNMENT
13
ZOUK SINGAPORE
14
SUB CLUB
15
WARUNG
16
SANKEYS MCR
17
DC-10
18
Plastic People
19
SIRENA
20
21
Paradiso
22
Pacha Buenos Aires
23
Beta Nightclub
24
ROBERT JOHNSON
25
Ruby Skye
26
Matter
27
The Arches
28
Space Miami
29
Club Volume
30
Pacha Miami
31
AGEHA
32
Hardpop
33
RAZZMATAZZ
34
CIELO
35
Eden
36
Alte Börse
37
The Rex
38
Batofar
39
Studio Martin
40
Avalon
41
Club JB's
42
My House
43
CAVO PARADISO
44
FABRIK
45
Noxx
46
TENAX CLUB
47
Fuse
48
Clash Club
49
PRIVILEGE
50
Onzi-eme
51
ANZUCLUB
52
52 Crystal
53
Vanguard
54
Villa
55
Metro City
56
Kristal
57
Club Midi
58
360°
59
Harry Klein
60
MANSION
61
Circa
62
ARMA 17
63
Club Der Visionaere
64
Vision
65
Vinyl
66
Caves
67
CHINESE LAUNDRY
68
Goa Club
69
Stereo
70
Bar 25
71
Byblos
72
Warehouse
73
Heaven
74
Air
75
Florida 135
76
Culture Box
77
MINT CLUB
78
Dirty Dancing
79
Circus Afterhours
80
Tribehouse
81
Cabaret Voltaire
82
Pacha Sharm
83
1015
84
Haoman 17
85
Prince Of Wales Bandroom
86
Numero Uno
87
MOTION & MARBLE FACTORY
88
Barfly
89
Café D'Anvers
90
Stiff Kitten
91
Factory Club
92
93
TRESOR
94
Global
95
YALTA
96
LUX FRAGIL
97
Sq Klub
98
Le Queen
99
Weekend
100
Le Bataclan