Where the Locals Go — Music Venues

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Bimbo’s 365 Club

Binbos 365 ClubSeating is limited based on a first come first serve basis; there is no reserved seating.
Two drink minimum. Food is available for purchase at every show.  Food is pretty good, drinks are large and music and dancing are available in this beautiful venue.  If you like the entertainment you will especially love the ambiance!
Neighborhood: North Beach/Telegraph Hill
1025 Columbus Ave
(between Chestnut St & Houston St)
San Francisco, CA 94133

Biscuits & Blues

Biscuits and BluesBiscuits and Blues was originally developed as an offering to music lovers who wanted an intimate setting to see their favorite blues artists. Now, thirteen years later, they are one of the top blues clubs in the nation.  Terrific drinks, and a Great Southern dinner menu as well.
401 Mason St, corner Mason St. and Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Downtown off Market St.

The Boom Boom Room

If you love the blues, you’ll love the Boom Boom Room.  Small  dark venue with great cocktails and live blues!  Located on Fillmore Street and Geary.

The Great American Music Hall

Another of our favorites, and also a smaller venue where you can get up close to see and hear music. The Great American Music Hall books live bands including rock, blues, folk, world music and more.  Dinner is also available for most shows. If you're looking for good food and drink, your favorite artist or discovering some new music in a warm, intimate setting, you will love this venue.

859 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-885-0750
FAX: 415-885-5075
Neighborhood: The Tenderloin
Between Polk and Larkin Sts.

Lou's At the Square

Lou's at the SquareLocated on the corner of Stockton and Union Street and facing beautiful Washington Square Park, Lou's is the newest of the new, showcasing local blues and jazz musicians, while serving up some great cocktails.  Definitely a locals place, and a bit older clientle, this one is North Beach's latest edition to the music scene and quite possibly the best one yet!

Neighborhood: North Beach/Telegraph Hill
1570 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94199


This nightclub was originally opened in 1988 by legendary R&B artist Boz Scaggs.  This award winning venue books Blues, R&B, Cajun/Zydeco, Jazz, Alternative, and more. Slims is definitely one of our faves as far as the local scene is concerned.  Just the right size but be prepared to stand most of the evening and get ready to dance as there usually isn’t much space to sit.  Usually younger crowd, 20’s, 30’s depending on whose playing.

333 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: South of Market
Between Folsom and Harrison St

The Warfield

The Warfield is a classic small concert venue which books bands from all over the country.  If you like small houses where you can get up close to your favorite bands or want to check out some new ones, you should check this place out!

Neighborhood:  Downtown
982 Market Street (at Mason St)
San Francisco, CA 94102

Yoshi’s Jazz Club & Restaurant

The best live jazz bands, delicious sushi and a lively, hip crowd keep this place pretty hot!

1330 Fillmore Street
(415) 655-5600

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Judy's Tips

When you arrive in San Francisco, look for two of our free weekly publications, the SF Weekly and the Bay Guardian. They can be found on most newspaper boxes on most any street corner.

These two publications have up to the minute extensive listings of that week's events, newly announced concerts, many many small clubs and music venues. But don't expect directions or maps to these venues, that's what our Local's Insiders Secrets to San Francisco" package is for.

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