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NIGHTLIFE VALLEY HOT SPOTS. AFTER DARK IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY.

Byline: -- Fred Shuster

The San Fernando Valley's image makeover is still in the fast lane.

Now, barhopping on foot is even possible in the Sherman Oaks-Studio City corridor. Here are some of our favorite current hot spots -- but if the velvet ropes are up, there's always Du-par's. Clear, 11916 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 980-4811: Euro-chic joint with Plexiglas barstools, padded white leather walls and rotating DJs.

Sapphire, 11938 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 506-0777: Brown leather banquettes, wood paneling and low lights make for a clubby, English atmosphere,

Coda, 5248 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 783-7518: Low-key New York-style hideaway. Look hard, there's no sign on the door. DJs spin on weekends for a hip crowd into dancing and martinis.

Guy's North, 12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 766-8311: The West Hollywood night spot now has a full-service Valley venue geared for promoted events and private show-biz parties, plus weekend dance nights.

Taboo Lounge, 20969 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills; (818) 999-9928: Plush seating, dim lights and strong drinks, with theme nights including '80s, open-mic and comedy.

Match, 4657 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 766-0116: The former Thunderbird Saloon has been transformed by the folks behind Firefly into a sleek night spot popular with the studio crowd.

Mama Juana's, 3707 Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City; (818) 505-8636: One of the hottest Latin clubs in town, this in-crowd joint has top-notch Afro-Cuban orchestras, top DJs and even throws in salsa dance lessons.

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(color) Owner Bill Brown mingles with regulars at the Taboo Lounge in Woodland Hills.

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