San Francisco has long been home to a thriving music scene. With diverse musical genres playing at interesting spaces throughout the city, you’ll never be lost for a little live music. Here, you can just as easily get down to an internationally renowned DJ as you can join in on a jazzy jam session over a craft cocktail.
This charming Haight Street destination features golden wood paneling, plentiful seating, including a couple of cushy booths, and refreshing cocktails prepped by friendly bartenders. Early evenings and weekend afternoons feature no-cover early shows, and door fees for late-night concerts are given to the performers, which range from soulful jazz singers Lavay Smith and Allegra Bandy to blues band HowellDevine. The bar’s Wild West mural hints at another crowd favorite: honky-tonk acts fronted by Bay Area rockabilly royalty Mitch Polzak and Hank Maninger.
The newest live music venue downtown is constantly adding new acts to its daily calendar, showcasing nationally recognized bands and DJ sets. Go early to check out the venue’s subterranean restaurant and bar, Fifth Arrow, which serves hearty burgers, delicious pizzas and inventive craft cocktails. There’s also a three-lane bowling alley and several skeeball machines.
This family-owned waterfront spot serves flaky fried fish and fries and books some of the Bay Area’s favorite Americana, ragtime and reggae acts.
This locals’ favorite Mission bar serves beer and wine on tap and hosts professional acts nightly, from swing stars to bluegrass strummers.
With a cozy fireplace and strong drinks, the Riptide is a seaside destination for relaxed California country shows and open mic nights.