The “City by the Bay” has long been a hub for music lovers seeking unforgettable concert experiences. From intimate clubs to legendary theaters, the city's performance scene offers an eclectic range of genres, as well as performances. Love it live? Check out our picks for the best live music venues in San Francisco, where the melodious notes of talented artists harmonize with the city's energetic spirit.
Nestled in the historic Western Addition neighborhood, The Fillmore stands as an iconic symbol of San Francisco's deep music culture. With its legendary past hosting luminaries like Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, this historic venue continues to attract top-tier acts today. The Fillmore's remarkable acoustics and intimate atmosphere create an unmatched connection between performers and their audience, making it a must-visit destination for music aficionados. Don’t miss upcoming performances from Disco Biscuits, Boz Scaggs, Neon Trees, Dinosaur Jr., Los Lobos, and other national acts.
1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115
For those craving a theatre-style concert experience, The Warfield delivers with grandeur and historic charm in the heart of the city. First welcoming acts to their stunning stage in 1922, this ornate theater has hosted legends such as Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead. The Warfield's impressive stage, incredible acoustics and excellent sightlines ensure an immersive experience for every concertgoer regardless of their seat, making it an ideal venue to witness larger-scale performances. Little Feat, Flogging Molly, Röyskopp, Polyphia, The Breeders and Pretty Lights will all hit The Warfield’s stage in 2023.
982 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102
The lively NOPA neighborhood is home to this venerable venue. The Independent showcases an intimate setting that both closes the gap between artist and audience, and wows with exceptional sound quality. Fans looking for an up-close and personal experience with artists from various genres — ranging in genre from indie rock to electronic music — would be well-advised to prioritize a visit. The Independent's cozy ambiance and welcoming vibe make it a favorite among both local and touring acts alike. This year, you can catch gigs from Jasper Tygner, Host Bodies, Jungle Brothers, Tessa Violet and Kula Shaker.
628 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Great American Music Hall
Step into the Great American Music Hall, and travel back in time to an era of opulent elegance. This stunning venue, adorned with chandeliers and decorative balconies, has an old-world charm that adds a touch of magic to every performance. Hosting a diverse range of artists from the worlds of jazz, pop, folk and everything in between, the GAMH guarantees an unforgettable night filled with exceptional music and captivating ambiance. Shows from Overkill, Midnight North, Eek-A-Mouse, Fear, Tab Benoit, Less Than Jake and Flamin’ Groovies are all still in the pipe for this year.
859 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Bimbo's 365 Club
Bimbo's is a timeless and glamorous music venue in North Beach that’s one of the best-kept secrets in the city. Steeped in history and allure, this legendary venue has been hosting unforgettable performances since 1931. With its red velvet curtains, glittering chandeliers and cozy cabaret-style seating, Bimbo's exudes an old-world charm and sophistication. Thanks to its celebrated sound and atmosphere, this iconic stage has played host to a diverse range of artists, all in an environment that feels like stepping into a classic Hollywood film. Coming soon: shows from Mustache Harbor, Albert Hammond Jr., Brandy Clark, The New Pornographers, and The Hives.
1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
The Bottom of the Hill
Bottom of the Hill (located in the vibrant Potrero Hill neighborhood) is a true hidden gem in the city's live music scene. This intimate arena exudes a gritty underground ambiance, attracting both local indie bands and emerging artists from across the globe. With its low-rise stage and cozy closeness, Bottom of the Hill offers an immersive experience; allowing fans to feel the raw energy and passion of the performers. Whether you're catching a punk rock show or an indie folk act, this unassuming stop promises an unforgettable night of music in an authentic and unpretentious setting. Can’t-miss events on their upcoming calendar include showcases from Pool Kids, State Line Empire, The Dollyrots, The Frights and Pity Party.
233 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Housed in a beautifully renovated former mortuary in the vibrant Mission District, The Chapel is a captivating venue that seamlessly blends history and modernity. The venue's exceptional acoustics and intimate setting provide an enchanting space for both established and emerging artists alike. Soulful singer-songwriters, lively jazz ensembles and full-volume rock acts have been rattling the 40-foot high rafters here for decades. The Chapel's eclectic lineup ensures there's something for every discerning music enthusiast, but beware — rumors of supernatural activity here have been whispered since its days as a funerary host. Still, upcoming gigs from Masterz of Disasterz, Scientist, Alabaster de Plume, Osees, Son Volt and Carbon Leaf promise to keep the spectres at bay.
777 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
With its commanding presence atop Nob Hill, The Masonic is not only an architectural treasure but also a premier destination for live music in the city. Boasting a spacious auditorium and state-of-the-art sound system, this venue has hosted major acts from a wide range of genres, including forthcoming showcases courtesy of Tori Amos, Peter Frampton, Glen Hansard, Natalie Merchant, The Darkness and Ray LaMontagne. Whether attending a rock concert or a symphony performance, The Masonic offers an unparalleled audio-visual experience that leaves a lasting impression.
1111 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
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San Francisco's live music venues form a vibrant tapestry that enriches the city's cultural fabric, with each venue offering a unique experience for music lovers. Heading into town for a show? Hotel Caza is the perfect “home base” for your concert-going adventures. Check out the fantastic San Francisco travel deals on our Special Offers Page, reserve your stay, and get ready to rock!