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Best Clubs with Live Music in San Francisco

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Slim's

Slim's is a renowned club where both well-known bands and local talent play. The staff here really knows music and books bands accordingly - both Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers played here before anyone had ever heard of them! All ages are welcome, so the whole family can enjoy an evening of live entertainment.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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1015 Folsom

Some of San Francisco's most talented live musicians and DJs pack in the people on 1015's four dance floors. When you first arrive, you can check your coat, buy a drink, and groove to some top-40. Downstairs there's another bar with another DJ spinning tunes. Upstairs is the VIP lounge, with alternative music, velvet sofas, and people lounging about, engaged in esoteric conversations. But the big room is where you will find the night's headlining act. An expansive venue for sure, the club's promoters use every ounce of the club's space to showcase a wide range of musical genres everything from house and techno to hip-hop and trap, and everything in-between.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Biscuits & Blues

Ranking amongst the country's top venues to listen to live blues, Biscuits & Blues delights with an excellent menu of comforting Southern favorites and a music lineup that has blues aficionados hooked. The decor is classy with blue velvet drapes and little candle-lit tables for intimate dining. Menu favorites include shrimp and corn fritters, roasted pork chops and smoked turkey Jambalaya. While the intimate space doesn't boast of a large capacity, it's a great chance for fans to watch their favorite bands up close. Biscuits and Blues is just below the Curran Theater, thus you can hit two San Francisco landmarks in one night. It's an excellent choice to start, spend or finish a perfect night on the town.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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The Chapel

Music-lovers looking for a unique venue should look no further than The Chapel, one of San Francisco's most beloved spots for folk, bluegrass and indie-rock (among other genres). The building was constructed in 1914 and originally housed a prominent mortuary. The spot has come a long way since its days as a mortuary - the building has since been converted into a lively high-tech music venue that boasts a mezzanine and features the original 40-foot high arched ceilings of the mortuary's chapel. The building also houses the venue's sister establishment, The Vestry, a late-night eatery and favored brunch spot that always draws a crowd.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Boom Boom Room

Opposite the Fillmore Theater on Geary Street, blues legend John Lee Hooker created Boom Boom Room--a classy, live blues and boogie venue. All employees are blues devotees and many shows turn into full-house jam sessions. While the late Mr. Hooker himself no longer graces the stage with his hollow-body guitar and gravelly voice, the blues spirit he created lives on here. The hungry should eat before arriving because the only things keeping the mojo working in this joint are booze and blues!

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Amnesia

Comfortable and chill, Amnesia is a great place to relax with a few drinks and your buddies. The bar offers a variety of micro-brewed beers along with a wide selection of wines, and live music (from bluegrass to gypsy jazz and even hip-hop) entertains patrons every night. An interestingly mixed Mission crowd can often be found here. The service is mellow and the mood is a sophisticated blend of hip and retro-cool.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Bottom Of The Hill

With one ticket, guests can see three to five bands in one night at Bottom Of The Hill. All musical genres are represented here, and it is a good bet that whatever you like will play here eventually. Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, MGMT, Mates of State and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are just a few of the cutting-edge performers to have graced Bottom of the Hill's hallowed stage. Occasionally, all-age shows allow even the youngest music fans to rock-out with the big kids.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Milk Bar

A giant and spacious dancing room, lots of people who are ready to dance all night, drinks on the bar and elevated platform for the DJ to spin the latest hits- that's the scene of Milk DJ Lounge and Bar. Adding to the liveliness is the buzzing conversations and clinking of glasses. Friday and Saturday nights spell fun at this nightclub as the dance hall is packed and music is at its peak-best. Themed nights, low cover charge and a diverse crowd-Milk Lounge has all the ingredients for an indulgent time.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Bimbo's 365 Club

The retro luxuriousness of Bimbo's 365 Club's interior adds unexpected character to the venue. A wide variety of artists perform here, from local talent to major-label superstars on international tours. Past headliners have included the Detroit Cobras, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, They Might Be Giants, Seu Jorge, Aimee Mann and the Flaming Lips. Weekly Wing nights fill the floor with Charleston-ing zoot-suiters, accentuating the original plush crimson curtains of Bimbo's 1931 opening.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Neck of the Woods

Formerly called Rockit Room, Neck of the Woods is one of the coolest places in the Richmond District to enjoy live music. It takes over the tradition of hosting performances of amateurs as well as established musicians encompassing indie rock and pop, alternative rock, electronic and other contemporary genres of music. Adding to its eclectic schedule of events is the salsa dance sessions which is held once a week. Gulp down trendy cocktails and relax in the downstairs lounge area of the club. However, if you are in mood for some happening party, then head upstairs and dance to the rocking tunes till late in the night.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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