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The Chapel

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  • price 2 of 4
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
The Chapel
Photograph: Alyssa PereiraScHoolboy Q performing at The Chapel

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

This 1914 building—a former mortuary—is one of the most atmospheric spots to see live music in the city. Helmed by restaurateur Jack Knowles, the space was renovated and reopened in 2012. The original carved doors, dark wood beams, and moldings remain, complemented by scarlet walls, wrought-iron sconces, and state-of-the-art acoustics. The 40-foot A-frame ceiling may resemble a church, but the trio of bars and hard-rocking local bands make for a lively scene. The nightly bill spans the gamut, from jazz and indie rock to country and bluegrass. Next door, the Chapel’s new indoor-outdoor restaurant, Curio, melds Californian and Southern influences, offering a mix of bar snacks, meat, and seafood. It’s worth grabbing a drink at the bar to bask in the trippy decor, complete with Victorian dioramas, figurative paintings, and antique clocks.


777 Valencia St
San Francisco
Cross street:
at 18th St
Bus 14, 33, 49
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