111 Minna Street Gallery - Home of the best electronic music in the city, and stylish art to boot. What the place lacks in some departments (sweaty people bumping into you on nights when world-class DJs spin) it more than makes up for in others (a liberal in-and-out policy, a no poseur-infested VIP room, shaken Martinis and Cosmos, and lime-perfect Margs).
330 Ritch - Known for it's underground appeal, hipsters flock to this club 5 days a week for it's various musical genres. Located off Townsend between 3rd & 4th Street in the thriving South Beach /Soma area, 330 Ritch Street has been hosting events, receptions & clubnights for over a decade.
1015 Folsom - San Francisco's definitive nocturnal destination featuring the world's top DJs on five electrifying dance floors that will compel you through the morning hours. 1015 is also noted as winning the award as best danceclub in america (Dancestar awards, Miami) Whether you like House or trance by some of the biggest Dj's in the world, in the impressive main room, or you want the feel of a lounge playing the best Hip Hop in the newly designed Hip hop Lounge, 1015 has it all, and everything in between.
1300 on Fillmore - Occasional live jazz in the adjacent bar and lounge room (pleasantly audible in the dining room) reminds you of the street's heritage (as does a dazzling wall of photographs in the lounge).
Abbey Tavern - Occasional live bands and DJs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. A mixture of pop, rock, '80s, and Top 40 dance music caters to a mostly collegiate crowd.
Active Music Series (AMS) - Albany. Presents performances of experimental notation, conduction, noise, compositions with improvisation, avant jazz, free improvisation, chamber, electronic & electroacoustic musis.
Amnesia - A cozy red-lighted den presenting the live music, entertainment, and DJs every night. Behind the swinging portico parlor doors you'll be treated to a diverse selection of live music from Bluegrass to Indie Rock, 20's and 30's Hot Jazz to wild Gypsy Brass. On weekends some of S.F.'s premiere underground DJs turn it out bent on working you into a fevered sweat on the dance floor.
Biscuits & Blues - Voted America's #1 blues nightclub by the Blues Foundation (formerly known as the WC Handy Awards) and the Bay Area Blues Society. It is San Francisco's home to great live music in an intimate setting, where everyone gets a front row seat! Biscuits and Blues offers a full service restaurant and premium bar. Savory award winning cuisine and the best California wines, micro-brews, and specialty cocktails - all at reasonable prices that please the primarily local clientele.
Blondie's Bar - Martinis, DJs (Mon/Fri/Sat), live music (Tue/Wed/Thu).
Boca: The Bar of Contemporary Art - Located in SoMa on the newly developing Jessie Street at 5th Street. The sociable space is the newest venue created by blathaus. boca is a combination of cafe/gallery/night club, and will soon feature a tasty menu consisting of paninis, gourmet pizzas, organic salads, and more. The boca art gallery hosts monthly art exhibits curated by blasthaus featuring art work that uses or is informed by technology.
Boom Boom Room - Located in the heart of San Francisco's old Fillmore district, the club is a sultry, down-home Juke Joint providing cocktails, dancing live Blues, Boogie, Groove & Soul music six nights a week (closed on Mondays).
Bottom of the Hill - Chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as "the best place to hear live music in San Francisco," the Bottom of the Hill presents some of the finest original artists, seven nights a week. Featuring up and coming acts from around the globe, the music spans the spectrum from alternative, rock-a-billy, punk, and hard rock, to folk and funk and pop.
Cafe Claude - Cafe Claude, with its furnishings rescued from a retired Parisian cafe, feels like Paris. The curving zinc bar, vintage tables, and period travel posters evoke a wonderful sense of dejà vu as you enter to the sounds of animated conversations. Enjoy the lively atmosphere, weekend jazz, and hearty inexpensive food seated in a cozy banquette or outdoors under colorful umbrellas on charming Claude lane. Sample such luncheon favorites as onion soup gratinee, croque monsieur, or salade Niçoise. In the evening, dig into a portion of savory braised lamb shank, or mussels steamed with andouille sausage.
Cafe Cocomo - One of the top Salsa venues in San Francisco.
Cat Club - The spacious yet intimate Cat Club is divided into two large rooms. The front room features a lounge, espresso bar, big-screen tv, small stage, and a monthly art show. The back room has a wooden dance floor, bar, stage, elevated dj booth, an excellent sound system, and is fully equipped for live shows.
Catalyst, The - Santa Cruz nightclub, featuring acts from around the world. Artists such as Neil Young, Papa Roach, Emmylou Harris, Ice T, Nirvana, Alanis Morissette, No Doubt, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pearl Jam have graced the Catalyst stage in years past. The main dance hall is 5000 square feet, not including balconies, and can hold 800 people. The bar downstairs is 100 feet long, starting in the front room and extending into the concert area. A large selection of beer and liquor is offered here.
Chapel, The - Beautiful chapel in the heart of the Mission District, with its 40-foot high arched ceiling, has been converted to a music room with mezzanine.
Cherry Bar and Lounge - San Francisco. Features club nights such as the lesbian-leaning Girl Spot," the gender-bending mash-up night Bootie," and goth night The Darkest Hour. Inside, the venue's lounge is a pinkish hue with a granite bar area and legal smoking lounge.
Club NV - This San Francisco dance club features two separate dance rooms, a multi level lounge, three bars, intimate VIP suites and private cabanas available for rental.
Club Six - Six's upstairs lounge area with sofas galore is a rarity in the city. With a high ceiling and minimal decor, the lounge is a great place to relax with friends and listen to the phat beats being played downstairs.
Duplex - Sweet vaulted ceiling, full mahogany bar and a fat EAW Avalon sound system for the dance floor. There is a tight skywalk that over looks the bar with a vip room and bottle service.
El Rio - A neighborhood bar with silver screen, slick dance floor, and oysters."We got politicos, pirates, hackers, soft shoes, kahunas, harpies, coxcombs, zealots, jokers, gourmands, paragons, and swingers of all types. For us there are no genders too obscure and no names too difficult to pronounce."
Element Lounge - While the state-of-the-art sound system pours out a collection of mashed-up hip-hop and house dance music, partygoers can enjoy the provocative art, live instrumental and vocal performances, innovative cocktails, and the finely tuned decor.
Elbo Room - Small live shows, bringing jazz, Latin and funk bands to an ethnically diverse and usually well-dressed crowd. On Sundays, the Elbo is home to Dub Mission, a theme night where some of the city's most knowledgeable selectors throw down vintage dub noises, often from the original seven-inch singles. On any given music night, you're going to pay a cover of maybe $3 to $7 to get upstairs, but it's always well spent. Some artists who cut their teeth at the Elbo? The Greyboy Allstars, Charlie Hunter, Oranj Symphonette and the Broun Fellinis.
End Up - Dance music. fireplace, heated outdoor deck and patio.
EZ5 - DJ bar and lounge convienently located between Union Square, Financial District, and Chinatown. EZ5 has plenty of drink specials to go along with live nightly DJs spinning an ecclectic mix of house and hip hop.
Fillmore Auditorium - Bill Graham began building his music empire here back in the '60s, and the rock poster-covered walls are a tribute to its impressive history. With a carpeted lounge, downstairs dance hall and upstairs mezzanine and ballroom, it's at once classy and rockin'.
Fluid Ultra Lounge - A breathtaking venue with a stylish modern interior that combines simple, classic details with state-of-the-art technologies. It features a one of a kind, computer-generated lit walkway that creates infinite color and patterns and a dramatic, glowing bar.
Freight & Salvage Coffee House - Berkeley. A nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music - music that is rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world.
Hemlock Tavern - Features a newly expanded live music performance room, physically separate from the main bar, that hosts 5-6 nights a week of local, national and international touring entertainment. Though it's free to get into the bar, a cover is typically charged at the entrance to the music room. Every Monday night, the Hemlock presents its Punk Rock Sideshow deejay event in the main bar and occasionally has deejays on other nights of the week.
Harry Denton's Starlight Room - Located in the heart of Union Square, Everything about Harry Denton's Starlight Room exudes elegance and style; from the walnut paneled elevators that whisk you to the 21st floor of the landmark Sir Francis Drake Hotel, to the stunning decor of rich tones and opulent surroundings.
Holy Cow - Located in the heart of SoMa's entertainment district. Dancing and socializing.
Johnny Foley's Irish House - A replication of some of the authentic elements that make the great pubs of Ireland truly unique. Born of painstaking attention to decorative detail and insistence on true craftsmanship, Johnny Foley's Irish House recalls the days when it was as vital to please the eye as the palette. Such pubs were usually found in the busier urban areas where patrons found solace away from the general hustle and bustle of city life or enjoyed a lively evening with friends in a convivial atmosphere.
Jones - Rooftop bar and restaurant. Get everything from beer-steamed mussels to pizzas by night, along with chocolate-stuffed French toast or chicken and waffles for brunch.
Knockout, The - An eclectic Outer-Mission bar with an impressive array of regional and international beers including 13 beers and rootbeer on tap. Drink specials include $2 Hamms, $5 Pimms and soda, and $6 pint-size Cuervo Gold Margaritas. Live music every night.
La Peña Cultural Center - Berkeley. The Peña tradition started in Latin America in the early sixties. The mission of the Peña was to provide good food, music and an overall aesthetic response to an institutional culture that did not provide the space for other creative forms to exist. Its programming, since its founding in 1975, is a chronicle of the cultural, social and political struggles of our times, especially the efforts of the Latin American and Latino communities in the Bay Area and in the U.S.
Lou's - Fisherman's Wharf blue's club, restaurant, and bar.
Martuni's - A popular after-work spot situated between the Castro and Downtown, you enter a large main bar complete with long wood counter where various wise-cracking regulars bounce the banter with the bar staff. The place to be though is through a curtained divider at the back which opens up to reveal a rollicking piano bar space. Broadway tunes and scat specials are tinkled by talented local artists and after a few of their Pineapple-tinis and Dirty Martinis you'll feel no shame in singing along with them.
McGrath's - Located at 1539 Lincoln Avenue in Alameda, California, McGrath's Pub is the small down home bar and the music pub of the neighborhood! The best jams, the best music, the hidden secret of Northern California's Music Scene.
Mezzanine - A richly diverse gathering space, Mezzanine showcases live and electronic music from all genres - rock, dance, hip hop, soul, jazz, salsa, world beat - as well as multimedia art events, fashion shows and video/film installations. The multi-use venue boasts state-of-the-art lighting technologies with custom-built sound systems for both live and electronic music. The club caters to performances of all types; from hot shows with the newest buzz bands to intimate engagements with the world's biggest artists.
Mighty - Located in SOMISSPO at 119 Utah Street, this 7,000 square foot space is offering world class DJs, dancing, live bands, and just about every other sort of performance under the sun.
Nickie's - Owner Cody Robertson has, breathed new life into the venerable venue, with a fresh sound system (4 brand new Mackie mains and two booming Mackie subs), a remodeled bar (serving sake & agave cocktails) and DJ booth, and repaired (yet still quirky) dancefloor. The club that has always been known for its down-home vibe, and eclectic calendar, will now have a new lease on life.
Oola Restaurant and Bar - Highlights local California ingredients, seasonal produce, and organically farmed meats. Chef Ola Fendert's menu reflects his European culinary background well as his 23 years of experience in San Francisco restaurants.
Pier 23 Cafe - Waterfront restaurant and bar. Live music nightly ranging from classic jazz standards to salsa and reggae.
Plough and the Stars, The - Irish pub. The pub's long, dark, scarred-wood interior features a small stage on which Irish music is performed almost every night of the week, including step-dancing, if you like that sort of thing, and there's a jukebox that plays Christy Moore, Michael Cooney, and U2 between times. Pool and darts are available for the athletically inclined, and when the fog rolls through the Avenues, you might as well be in Ballybunion of a November's eve. Most important, the affable barkeeps know how to serve up an ebon Guinness with a creamy head at cellar temperature or even a Harp or a Magner's if you're so disposed. Also available are Bushmill's, Jameson, and Redbreast whiskey from the Old Sod for those especially somber, or congenial, evenings.
Polo's Blue Cube - The Entertainment Laboratory and the Music Incubator. It is a meticulously resurrected 1907 brick and steel warehouse building that houses the first twenty channel digital surround sound system on the continent.
Ramp - Down home food on the old waterfront; international music on weekends from May to October.
Red Devil Lounge - Operated by musicians and music lovers who strive to provide a creative, fun and eclectic atmostphere to enjoy live music.
Rickshaw Stop - Serves cocktails, wine, and inexpensive beer as well as tasty small and large plates for noshing that hover between $4 and $7. An old television production studio, the two-level space is tall and doublewide, ringed with red velvet floor-to-ceiling drapes, floored with warm-blonde, finished plywood, and furnished with gorgeous old rickshaws and a scattering of infinitely moveable tables and chairs of various styles. Swell lighting, a foozball table in the large upper balcony lounge, friendly owners, and an intelligent clientele round out the appeal of the place.
Rockit Room - Formerly the famous The Last Day Saloon now an updated version with all the bells and whistles of the 21st Century.
Ruby Skye - Ruby Skye's exquisitely appointed facility was built in the 1890's and is a historical landmark that formerly housed The Stage Door Theatre. A turn of the century Victorian playhouse restored with all the high tech accoutrement, Ruby Skye's interiors were designed by Pamela Pennington Studios and present a striking juxtaposition between its original Art Nouveau architecture and its plush modern furnishings. Ideal for a variety of functions, Ruby Skye offers over 15,000 square feet and 4 distinctively different and luxurious areas for entertaining that can be combined to accommodate up to 900 guests. We also proudly feature The Jungle Room; an elegant and private lounge where one can enjoy a fine cognac in Old World elegance.
Saloon, The - One of the top blues bars in the City. Make the scene with music every night with two bands on Fridays and weekends. The talent runs the gamut from raw to top notch, always spontaneous, always lively. No tired old big names here.
Shattuck Down Low - Berkeley venue featuring an eclectic mix of live music and DJs including funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, salsa, international, rock and dance. You'll find two full bars, couches & booths to lounge, tables to chat, a large 20x40 hardwood dance floor, the best sound system this side of the bay, designated VIP private party areas, an elegant setting and a pool table.
Skip's Tavern - Skip's is a no-frills place, complete with a jukebox and pool table. The walls of this neighborhood haunt feature photos of Hollywood icons and sports greats. Every night of the week (except Tuesday), there's live music, mostly rhythm and blues acts--Wednesdays are live night. On weekdays (4pm-6pm), beers and well cocktails are served for reduced prices.
Slim's - Opened in 1988 by legendary R&B artist Boz Scaggs, Slim's is a live music nightclub dedicated to providing the public with excellent service, a congenial atmosphere, good food & drinks, and the finest of American Roots Music - Blues, R&B, Cajun/Zydeco, Jazz, Alternative, and more.
Sound Room - An intimate jazz venue, seating 72 in Oakland. Home of Bay Area Jazz and Arts, Inc (BAJA), a nonprofit organization that nurtures music, art, and creative ventures through live performance and educational programs.
Spundae - A San Francisco-based event promoter that promotes parties and concerts in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Hanoi, Portland, Oregon, Chicago, New York and Miami. It is known for being one of the most popular US electronic music dance clubs.
Starline Social Club - Vintage-chic ground-floor bar & lounge plus an upstairs ballroom in a historic former Oaklalnd saloon space.
Supperclub - You enter supperclub san francisco through an understated door on Harrison street and are greeted by an outrageous hostess with leopard-painted eyes. After a drink in the cheekily swank Bar Rouge, the hostess takes you to your "bed." You find yourself lounging comfortably against pillows, sipping coolly from your favorite drink. After several sumptuous, surprisingly delicious courses served by a friendly and unusual wait staff, your bellies are content but not stuffed, one in your party is getting a Thai massage, another has glitter dragonflies painted on her temples. As the DJ changes the melody, some eyes lift to see an aerial dancer covered in seaweed hanging from a ring in the center of the room. The dinner is wrapping to a close, but the Bar Rouge is just picking up steam.
Sushi Groove South - SoMa's edition of "Sushi Groove" operated by San Francisco's well known promoters/proprietors Martel and Nabiel. Great Sushi, unfiltered sake and deep house music.
Sweetwater Music Hall - Backed by a slew of local partners, including Bob Weir, the long-in-the-works renovation of this landmark Mill Valley music club is complete. The venue re-opened in January 2012. In addition to entertainment, the Sweetwater Music Hall will include a full-service restaurant and on-site catering led by renowned chef-restaurateur Gordon Drysdale.
Thee Parkside - 1600 17th St. (bet. Carolina and Arkansas Sts.), S.F., (415) 252-1330. Cheap beer and loud music.
Whisper - DJ-dance culture: Features a Multi-Level Inside/Out atmosphere with 2 Dance Floors, A Delicious & Affordable Dining Experience from our Dinner & Grill Menu, Multiple VIP Rooms, Fireside-Funk Lounge, Aquatic Habitat, Heated Outdoor Smoking Deck, 3rd floor Sky-View Rooftop Terrace, plenty of comfortable seating & plush decor.
Wish - Good conversation, great drinks and a comfortable environment.
Yoshi's Jazz House and Japanese Restaurant Oakland - World class jazz house and Japanese restaurant in Oakland. Occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Jack London Square, the club has become one of the East Bay's greatest destinations. The restaurant and lounge have a combined capacity of 220. In 1998 Peter Williams was hired as the club's artistic director. Under his leadership, the club has continued to present the finest in jazz music, as well as world music, blues, neo-soul, latin jazz and afro-cuban music.
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