Entertainment

Top Choice Jazz in The Haight & Hayes Valley

SFJAZZ Center

Jazz legends and singular talents from Argentina to Yemen are showcased at North America's newest, largest jazz center. Hear fresh takes on classic jazz albums and poets riffing with jazz combos in the downstairs Jo…
Top Choice Classical Music in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Symphony

From the moment conductor Michael Tilson Thomas bounces up on his toes and raises his baton, the audience is on the edge of their seats for another thunderous performance by the Grammy-winning SF Symphony. Don't mis…
Top Choice Live Music in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Independent

Bragging rights are earned with breakthrough shows at the small but mighty Independent, featuring indie dreamers (Magnetic Fields, Death Cab for Cutie), music legends (Steel Pulse, Guided by Voices), alt-pop (the Ki…
Top Choice Live Music in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Great American Music Hall

Everyone busts out their best sets at this opulent 1907 bordello turned all-ages venue – indie rockers like the Band Perry throw down, international legends such as Salif Keita grace the stage, and John Waters hosts…
Top Choice Live Music in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Bottom of the Hill

The bottom of Potrero Hill tops the list for rocking out with punk legends the Avengers, Pansy Division and Nerf Herder and newcomers worth checking out for their names alone (Summer Salt, the Regrettes, Sorority No…
Top Choice Live Music in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Chapel

Musical prayers are answered in a 1914 California arts-and-crafts landmark with heavenly acoustics. The 40ft roof is regularly raised by shows by New Orleans brass bands, folkYEAH! Americana groups, legendary rocker…
Live Music in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Plough & Stars

Bands who sell out shows from Ireland to Appalachia and headline SF's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival jam here on weeknights, taking breaks to clink pint glasses of Guinness at long union-hall tables. Mondays com…
Live Music in North Beach & Chinatown

Bimbo's 365 Club

Get your kicks at this 1931 speakeasy with stiff drinks, bawdy vintage bar murals, parquet dance floors for high-stepping like Rita Hayworth (she was in the chorus line here) and intimate live shows by the likes of …
Live Music in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Fillmore Auditorium

Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Doors – they all played the Fillmore. Now you might catch the Indigo Girls, Willie Nelson or Tracy Chapman in the historic 1250-capacity, standing-room-only theater (if you're polite …
Live Music in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Brick & Mortar

Some bands are too outlandish for regular radio – to hear them, you need San Francisco's Brick & Mortar. The bill here features national acts from brass-band showcases to the US air-guitar championships, plus ho…