Biggest club in the city
1015 is the biggest club in the city and 20,000 square feet and 150,000 watts can make for a good party►
- check the schedule
In Harbaugh we trust...
American Conservatory Theater
Mashing up classic and contemporary performances in a intimately vertical (and historic) theater beside Union Square
, the ACT can be great!
Record hounds *beware*
Amoeba is by-far San Francisco's biggest and best known music store - and self-proclaimed "World's Largest Independent Record Store" :)
Asian fusion :)
The first professional ballet company in the United States, San Francisco Ballet is possibly the most highly regarded performance group in the area.
Keepin' it real...
With every performance 100% plan-free (much less practice!) and imbibed with audience input
(and sometimes on-stage participation) - BATS amuses, inspires and, occasionally... falls totally flat :)
Fresh music and eats
By refusing ASCAP music licensing payments, the warm Bazaar Café effectively guarantees its patrons previously unheard sonic experiences►
. Quality varies - but with no cover charge and tasty food, it's a good risk :)
Beach Blanket Babylon
Larger than life - and funnier too :)
Combining massive millinery with nearly continuous music, song and dance - BBB jets the audience through time and space in blinks of an eye - spoofing everyone from Tiger Woods
to Louis XIV
, and reliably delivering a hilarious performance.
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Making it, Big time
Lounge par excellence
Rockin' the Noe
A little too blissed out with the DJ to read the Noe Valley
memo, this lively little bar can improve your sex life without hiking over to the Castro
- and it's not even that little :)
Blondie's Bar & No Grill
Everything but the grill
Pool tables, double-wide drinks, dj's, live music, outdoor patio - Blondie's Bar and No Grill is no classier (or hipper
) than its name suggests, but hosts a reliably lively party!
Boom Boom Room
And we like the boom
Founded by the late blues legend John Lee Hooker►
, BBR hosts a reliably good lineup that often results in dancing!
Bottom of the Hill
Rockin the hill
Jam-packed with shows (6+ nights/week) and people, Bottom of the Hill burns hotter than most - arrive early or get tickets
One stop party
Live music, dancing, alcohol and food in the Mission
- what more do you need?
Reality will return after these brief messages
No longer held in San Francisco, or even California (Nevada), the Burning Man festival
is a big part of San Francisco life for many residents. The event is a week long and held on a dried lake bed - attracting upwards of 50,000 people►
annually and otherwise defying brief description.
Cafe du Nord
Better than it ever was...
a week in a subterranean Victorian speak-easy gone legit, Cafe du Nord is in a league of its own - check the schedule
Delightful theater, excellent films
Where the wild things are
This Outer Mission
domestic space turned jack-of-all-fun venue hosts live bands, djs, comedy shows, salsa dancing, margaritas, drag queens, backyard patio, pool table, barbecue, oysters, etc - best check the schedule
, cash only!
Prohibition-era bar rocks on
With a bar downstairs and a stage on top (with dance floor) the Elbo Room hosts lively and diverse music within close proximity to other Mission
night life. Check the calendar
for upcoming shows.
Fringe of the fringe
Making the sun rise
A centroid of social activity in Potrero Hill
, Farley's serves great coffee in a friendly atmosphere with outdoor seating!
Folsom Street Fair
Tour or Terror?
The last Sunday of September brings the world's largest S&M/leather event (with 400,000 attendees) to SOMA
, replacing the usual car traffic with a sea of skin and black-leather.
Gay Pride Weekend
World's finest "political party"
Often referred to simply as "Pride" and possibly the biggest annual party in San Francisco - Gay Pride makes other "political parties" seem pasty and gray, and the transcendence of oppression into a massive for-anyone great-vibes party is simply remarkable.
Home of the Giants
As the only major sports team playing in urban San Francisco, the Giants enjoy special support among locals. AT&T park (its 3rd name since opening
in 2000 when the Giants left the now 49ers
-only Candlestick Park) is a relatively small open-air stadium providing nice views of the bay and not much protection from the wind.
Glide Memorial Church
Salvation through music
A heavyhitter in San Francisco's progressive political arena - Glide builds on a foundation of gospel singing►
Holy Cathedral, Batman! Gothic is bigger than you
's heavyweight hood ornament is a must-visit for those intrigued by cathedrals and architecture
. In addition to stunning stained glass, there are two meditation labyrinths►
(outside and in), and three massive organs.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Who let the strings out?
Founded in 2001 by the late private equity entrepreneur Warren Hellman
, and combining an A-list of acoustic musicians and no admission (thanks Warren!) Hardly Strictly is a major musical event! More than a half million folks attend during the three day weekend.
What is that game???
San Francisco became a major center of Hooverball following a surprise 2nd place finish in the national championships a couple years ago!
Take a break from yourself :)
A favorite among street performers, actors, burners
, and anyone looking to be someone else for a while - Kryolan
's astounding collection of high-quality makeup and beauty products provide a huge range of colorful possibilities (including metallics and fluorescents!)
A room for making out
No guarantees on "making out", but this Mission
classic hosts a reliably good time with a strong calendar
of live shows and djs.
The original missionary position
The 2nd biggest Opera in North America (to the Met in NYC
) - the season runs roughly from September until July.
SF's longest running and only full-time (every night!) comedy club, the Punch Line combines all-star with newcomers in a relatively small venue... with good visibility (!)
This eclectic split-level single-wide hosts a full bar, a dance floor, diverse musical performance, fun(!)draisers... and rickshaws! Don't miss the wheelchaired variety upstairs :)
Explore your rhythm..
Big and glamorous with an often-packed dance floor and music trending electronic, Ruby Skye has been on the SF circuit for 10 years and is still going strong. The performances between sets are often impressive - acrobats, fetish, fire, etc :)
Stern Grove Festival
Not as stern as it sounds
The longest running free concert in the United States, the festival is a great way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon. There are a lot of other folks who think so too, and arriving early is the name of the game for getting good seats.
Amazing music, hall
The Dead, the Doors, the Who... and you?
Live music live.
This venue has been pumping live music into Alamo Square
for 30+ years (previously as the "Justice League").
TIX Bay Area
Snooze and win
TIX Bay Area rewards procrastinators, bums and other degenerates with half-price tickets to performances!
Larger than life!
The inimitable► Heklina
runs SF's best-known and longest-running drag show and still rocks her stilettos for a great performance!
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts