Rebirth of Temple Nightclub Tops San Francisco Nightlife

The new Temple Nightclub, located in the SOMA District at 540 Howard St., blends top DJ talent and interactive design to deliver an innovative nightlife experience to San Francisco. Just months since its reconceptualization, debuting an immersive experience created with intelligent LED lighting, the space has become the Bay Area's only nightclub to earn a spot on Nightclub & Bar's Top 100 list.

A complete remodel of the three-room, 20,000-square-foot venue was unveiled on New Year's Eve, and includes state-of-the-art equipment including a Void Air Motion sound system that fills the air with precision and bass. Intelligent LED lighting provides an ongoing show of lights and lasers, creating an unforgettable stage to showcase top performers such as Lil' Jon, Dirty South, Danny Avila, and Morgan Page.

Temple's Main Room offers a vibrant experience filled with lights of all colors, two full bars, a mini bar in the upstairs mezzanine level and enough room for up to 750 guests. On the lower level, known as LVL 55, up to 350 guests can enjoy a top-of-the-line Martin Audio sound system, modular LED lighted walls and modern furniture for a sleek, futuristic vibe.

Owner Paul Hemming developed the innovative nightclub in 2004 to eliminate waste prevalent in the hospitality industry, leading Temple to become San Francisco's first award-winning "green" venue. Every facet of the space, from the dance floor that lights up from energy created by footsteps, to the use of various recycled and reclaimed materials, has been developed to maximize environmental responsibility.

The club is housed within the two lower levels of the 50,000-square-foot Zen Compound. ECO-SYSTM, a dynamic, eco-conscious co-working community and Mirus Art Gallery comprise the upper levels of the four-story building. Mirus is an intimate art gallery showcasing the works of renowned artists ranging from the Bay Area's backyard to the world.

"There is a certain flow that one feels when going from floor-to-floor at Zen Compound," says Hemming. "Though each business is vastly different, the fundamentals behind each are the same: responsibility in all forms, to each other and to our planet; constant evolution; and a drive to create something meaningful."

At age 19, Hemming began DJing part-time, leading him to become immersed in the San Francisco music and nightlife scene. A few years after opening a small record store known as Zen City Records in Oakland, Calif., the young entrepreneur was able to open a second location in the heart of the Mission District, which became a hub for DJs and other artists to produce and sell their music.

Throughout Hemming's more than 20 years as an entrepreneur, he has always focused on paying it forward - to fellow musicians, entrepreneurs and the planet at large. By utilizing unique technologies such as an energy-producing dance floor in Temple Nightclub, building a rooftop garden, and mentoring startups which use the co-working space, Hemming pursues his passions responsibly, always keeping the impact he has on the planet in mind.

About Temple Nightclub - Temple Nightclub is located in the SOMA District at 540 Howard Street, just steps away from Moscone Center. Open Thursday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Friday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., Temple is the nation's first award-winning "green" venue to host world-class nightlife entertainment with an immersive audio-visual environment. Since its reconceptualization and reopening in late December, Temple Nightclub has been designated the top grossing nightclub in San Francisco, #24 on Nightclub & Bar's annual list of top clubs in the nation, and the only club in the Bay Area to be included on the list. The 20,000-square-foot nightclub encompasses four rooms, each with its own distinctive design and intelligent LED lighting. For table reservations and VIP experiences, guests may call 451.312.3099 or visit General information and updates are available by calling 451.312.3099, on Facebook at and on Instagram at

Photo courtesy of Temple Nightclub.

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