There is dark ambient lighting, wispy sea nettle jellyfish, glowing fluorescent coral reefs, and sounds of down-tempo electronic music. No, you are not on a psychedelic trip. You are in the underground aquarium at the California Academy’s Nightlife event. Every Thursday from 6 pm to 10 pm the California Academy of Sciences hosts their Adult (21+) Nightlife. The museum’s interior partially transforms into a night club where guests can experience full bars, live DJs, short movies, lectures and loads of exhibits.
Last Thursday’s event featured an outdoor theme with shows and other exhibits intended to arouse interest and appreciation of our natural world. DJ Jonas Reinhardt was mixing his dreamy electronic tracks to a somewhat thin audience in the piazza room. Similar music was resonating down in the aquarium area where mostly twenty-something crowd chilled-out against a glass of moving fish and under the influence of alcohol.
With chaperons eyeing potential misbehavior (let’s pour beer on that white alligator!) and an early 10 pm closing, this event wouldn’t be considered a night club alternative. However, it’s more like a fusion between a happy hour outing and science lecture, with a dash of nightclub. If you’re looking for a social event to meet like minded people, stir up interesting conversations with staff members, and learn about latest science happenings, Nightlife is worth the small admission fee and trip to Golden Gate Park.
For more information on the upcoming events visit their website here.