The Hottest Music Venues in San Francisco

San Francisco is famously known for overflowing with food, culture, nightlife and music, so it should come as no surprise that the Bay Area’s music venues are also top notch and highly rated.

SF’s music scene is second to none, and with so many different pockets, you’ll never be at a loss for some good live music.

Whether you’re into jazz, hip-hop, rock or EDM, the Bay Area has got something for you. Here are our favorite hottest music venues in San Francisco.

The Independent

The Independent Source: Localwiki

The Independent is a no-frills music venue, and one of the most popular spots for undiscovered bands in the city. This small and intimate venue features some of today’s best indie and emerging bands. Concertgoers love its laid-back atmosphere and pristine sound.

Great American Music Hall

Great American Music Hall Source: Slims Presents

The Great American Music Hall sits in the Tenderloin neighborhood, and is known for its ample seating and variety of acts (including burlesque shows, jazz, folk and rock). Concert goers love the astounding architecture, which is characterized by decorative balconies, tall columns, frescoes, and a carved out wood interior.

The Fillmore

The Fillmore Source: Wikipedia

One of SF’s more hospitable and historic venues, The Fillmore is, well, legendary. Too busy enjoying the music to grab a drink? Drink waitresses will come get your order and deliver your drink to you. Fun fact: the Fillmore was a launching pad for The Grateful Dead and others during the 1960s, the golden era of music in San Francisco.

Regency Ballroom

The Regency Ballroom Source: The Regency Ballroom

The Regency Ballroom is a smaller venue, but packs its punch in sound quality and acoustics. Featuring primarily rock shows, this venue boasts Beaux-Arts designed ballroom and a guaranteed good night.

Bottom of the Hill

Bottom Of the Hill Source: Wikipedia

Bottom of the Hill is lovingly situated in Potrero Hill. It has since become a citywide favorite that hosts local and international artists and acts from all walks of life. Catch everything from hard rock to funk here, and don’t forget to check out the back patio, which has a plexiglass window that allows you to see behind the stage.

Cafe Du Nord

Cafe Du Nord Source: Wikipedia

Located in the Swedish American Hall, this former speakeasy hosts both international acts and up-and-coming bands. Get some late-night grub and craft cocktails, and enjoy the show at this award-winning venue.


Slims Source: Slims

Slim’s is a smaller venue, but don’t let its size fool you; this brick-walled locale was founded by R&B legend Boz Scaggs, and showcases everything from folk to hip-hop to metal. Under 21? This is one of the best places in the city for underage concertgoers to catch live music.

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