Before we left for San Francisco, we checked on-line to see if any bands we were interested in were playing while we were there. It turned out Kings of Leon were with Jet opening. Since I work in a record store, we got the promos and I had been listening to them, so I was anxious to see these bands live. Slim's was a great place to see them because the sound is awesome in there no matter where you're standing. The place was packed, so we had to stand in the back, but after Jet we got to move up closer for The Kings of Leon. They have full bars and some food. Get there early for a table in the balcony.
Dress Code: None
The Saloon, not a very imaginitive title for a nightspot, but a great place all the same.
I went on a Saturday night and it was packed, but the blues were excellent and the beer and smiles flowed all night.
Open till late late and full of a friendly crowd who are there for the music.
Dress Code: Anything I guess.
A great downstairs club. On Saturday nights their house band Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers rocks the house with some good old big band/swing style music. There's a full bar and a pool table in addition to the dance floor. I think there's a cover starting around 8 or 9 (call ahead) or you can avoid it by showing up early for dinner or drinks.
Dress Code: Wear what makes you comfortable. You'll see everything here.
Tourists might nnot think about hte Richomd as a live msuic destination, but the Last Day Saloon is on a street chock a block with bars and restuarants and there's always tons of people around. It's a great spot to kick back and listen to live music....Upstairs, I've seen Stung- a Police Cover band and Zoostation- a U2 cover band, and it was fantastic. They also have non-cover bands as well, but most tend to be local. Come out and support your neighbors! Great sound, friendly folk, and right next door to the Dog's bollix (isn't that a great name??)
Dress Code: casual!
Slim's is a regular bar that also hosts live bands and dj's. Very popular with the brit-pop crowd and a regular haunt for local bay area music afficiandoes.
Dress Code: Depends on the band, but do put in a little effort and the rewards will be well worth your while.
You must stop here and soak up the good blues!!! I was there almost every night while I was in town and there was never a cover and the music was always brilliant!
Dress Code: Dress code? Hmmmmm...wear clothes....
Wonderful views of the city. Pricey drinks! Great place to have drinks after a long day on a business trip.
Dress Code: The Mark Hopkins is a very nice hotel and the bar is pretty nice too. Business casual or better is recommended.
Great pub with a good selection of beers on tap. Fairly decent selection of scotch. A casual, fun atmosphere where they play live music from local bands on any given weekend night. People are not pretentious and just out to have a great time! Everyone here is friendly, not just the employees, but the patrons as well!
Dress Code: Casual
Lou's is a restaurant located near the Ocean, specialized in seafood and spiced food.
But it is known to provide free live music after 8PM especially blues.
Dress Code: Casual
Playing some great Live Music mixed up with a killer crowd sophisticated drinks and a smooth Jazz Vibe.
Dress Code: Dress Sophisticated.
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