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Grand at the Regency Center

Music

Formerly a Masonic temple, a dance studio, a Polish arts foundation and a movie theatre, this gorgeous Beaux Arts-style ballroom, with its horseshoe-shaped...

1300 Van Ness Avenue

Great American Music Hall

Music

Originally a bordello, then a highfalutin nightclub operated by notorious fan dancer Sally Rand, the grande dame of the city's smaller venues is as...

859 O'Farrell Street

Hemlock Tavern

Music

Out front, the Hemlock looks like a capacious, matey watering hole, a lively mix of young tastemakers, art snobs and yuppies playing pool, yapping at the...

1131 Polk Street

Hotel Utah

Music

The down-and-dirty days of the Barbary Coast are ingrained in the timbers of this 1908 watering hole, which has welcomed the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Bing...

500 4th Street

Independent

Music

New owners have given this venerable black box the makeover it deserved, with work that included the installation of a stellar sound and light system. In...

628 Divisadero Street

Jazz at Pearl's

Music

This intimate venue (just 25 tables) is the last jazz house left standing in North Beach, once the home for a hoppin' mid-century scene. However, it's a...

256 Columbus Avenue

Knockout

Music

Owned by 2007 mayoral candidate and Burning Man fan Chicken John back when it was called the Odeon, this shoebox of a club sports a small stage in the back,...

3223 Mission Street

Make-Out Room

Music

One of the best places in town to see smallish bands, the Make-Out Room attracts a laid-back, alternative, youthful crowd on its weekend live music nights....

3225 22nd Street

Pier 23 Café

Music, Restaurants & cafés

A more upscale option for weekend brunch and weekday lunch along the Embarcadero is the funky but white-tableclothed Pier 23 Café, which serves delicious...

Pier 23

Rasselas Jazz

Music

Designed to be an anchor of the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District, Rasselas suffers from unadventurous programming, yet still manages to draw lively...

1534 Fillmore Street

Red Devil Lounge

Music

This corner venue, done out with Gothic touches, has recently ramped up its music offerings, which sit alongside club nights in a fairly busy calendar. The...

1695 Polk Street

Rickshaw Stop

Music

Doing its best to fill a sparse strip near Civic Center, the Rickshaw taps a cool collegiate/rec-room vibe with its crash-pad decor of mod plastic loungers,...

155 Fell Street

Saloon

Music

A beer hall that scandalised the neighbourhood when it was established back in 1861 (it's now the oldest continuously operating bar in all of San...

1232 Grant Avenue

San Francisco Opera

Music

Inaugurated in 1923, the SF Opera achieved great renown between 2001 and 2005 under general director Pamela Rosenberg. After bringing the company into rude...

War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue
Major venue

San Francisco Performances

Music

Directed with imagination and enthusiasm by Ruth Felt, this independent promoter puts on a programme of over 200 concerts each year in a wide variety of...

Various venues