For listings, I usually check out http://nightvibe.com which seems to be pretty comprehensive. You can also sign up for a weekly email. I also like the http://www.nightreveler.com/ site, especially because you can get an RSS feed.
Some of the usual places in SF that bring in the big names and exhibit local talent include Ruby Skye, 1015 Folsom, Mighty, Temple, Vessel and Mezzanine. And of course, for the quintessential SF experience, you must end up at the Endup! about 10 years agoAnswered by Chris Smith via Travellr.com
Vessel "wakes up" around 10pm. It's pretty lifeless before then. However, if you do show up early and have a few drinks, there's no cover.
I checked out Bananas on my last trip there. It was a very small place with a DJ playing some decent tunes, and didn't impress.
Some of the locals I met at a diner at 3am mentioned to check out the Starlight Room and Club BlowUp on my next trip. almost 10 years ago