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These Early-Morning Revelers Are Getting Down While You’re Sleeping

Daybreaker's parties include coffee, costumes, and all the dancing you can squeeze in before work.


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Mustafa Khan

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The first time Mustafa Khan attended a Daybreaker event back in 2014 in New York, he wasn’t sure what to expect. A sober party at 7:30 in the morning—how fun could that possibly be? But skepticism melted away on the packed dance floor. “When I stepped out of the venue, I had the biggest smile on my face,” he says. Now Khan is the organizer of Daybreaker SF, which is in its third year and routinely attracts around 500 people to its monthly events. An inversion of the club scene, Daybreaker happens first thing in the morning (always with a 6 a.m. warm-up, often a yoga session). There’s free coffee instead of alcohol, and attendees—many dressed according to a theme, such as Wigs and Onesies (as modeled above)—head off to work after gyrating to house DJs and live musicians. Not confined to typical venues, San Francisco’s early-morning revelers have gotten funky at the Westfield mall, on boats in the bay, and at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. “When you walk in, you actually get a hug,” Khan says. “Instead of what happens at a club, where you might not get a warm welcome from a bouncer.”


Originally published in the July issue of San Francisco 

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