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21 Grand


Shows were suspended at the time of writing at this white-box non-profit, due to 'compliance issues' with the city authorities. We hope these are...

416 25th Street

924 Gilman Street Project


This all-ages, alcohol-free institution, which is run by a collective, is internationally renowned among punks. Green Day started out playing here, but...

924 Gilman Street

Annie's Social Club


Once the venerable Covered Wagon Saloon and later the Cherry Bar, Annie's Social Club still proudly maintains its dive-joint roots. However, it's looking a...

917 Folsom Street

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center


Jam band groupies and folk fans will find plenty to love at this East Bay institution, which has been putting the groove into groovy since 1973. It's just...

1317 San Pablo Street

Bimbo's 365 Club


Bimbo's began life as a Market Street speakeasy in 1931, moving to North Beach two decades later. The venue is still owned by the descendants of Agostino...

1025 Columbus Avenue

Biscuits & Blues


This subterranean nightclub/restaurant is a pretty basic affair. Partly due to its location, it attracts a portion of middle-aged tourists and suburbanites,...

401 Mason Street

Boom Boom Room


Formerly Jack's Bar, an SF fixture for more than 50 years, the Boom Boom Room has been remade as a classy version of a blues joint: John Lee Hooker named...

1601 Fillmore Street

Bottom of the Hill


This little club, wedged among warehouses at the base of Potrero Hill, has long been a favourite with the indie-rock crowd. It features local and touring...

1233 17th Street

Café du Nord/Swedish American Hall

Critics' choice

Several SF nightspots carry the feel of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, but none captures the spirit quite as well as the Café du Nord. Mind you, it does have...

2170 Market Street

Edinburgh Castle Pub


This oak-clad, beer-stained ode to Highland high times offers fish 'n' chips till 11pm and plenty of booths for loud conversation, but trip upstairs, past...

950 Geary Street

El Rio


Head to the El Rio on a Sunday afternoon and make your way to the garden, where you'll find SF's most diverse and lively salsa party: a local tradition for...

3158 Mission Street

Elbo Room


Although the Elbo has been commandeered by yuppies, it continues to be a place to hear good music on a lively stretch of Valencia Street. You're likely to...

647 Valencia Street

Fat City


In keeping with the times, Fat City doesn't have a phone number but does have a MySpace page. The venue hosts everything from international DJ nights with...

314 11th Street

Fillmore Auditorium

Critics' choice

The 1,200-capacity Fillmore was built in 1912, but is better known as the venue in which Bill Graham launched his rock-promotion empire. The performers who...

1805 Geary Boulevard
Major venue

Freight & Salvage Coffee House


The venerable, booze-free Freight is a much-loved outpost of traditional music in all its incarnations, from folk to gospel. The monthly calendar might...

1111 Addison Street
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