Nestled between Alamedas bustling Park Street and Alameda High School, this 92-year-old hall draws about 250 people on Friday nights for dancing to live zydeco, and occasional Saturdays for swing. These weekly gigs are not too unlike a church function -- except for the full bar hidden in the back corner — with punch bowls filled with Oreos, pretzels, and chocolate chip cookies, and regulars who affectionately call each other by name. Tables line the wooden dance floor in this four-hundred-capacity hall, and its easy to see why people of all ages and walks of life from rockabillies to pimply-faced teens in Nirvana T-shirts to your aunt who frequents Ashkenaz come for the guaranteed crowd and, oh yeah, the handy dance lesson beforehand.
When paying bills at East Bay Municipal District, people can browse the art on the second floor gallery. The space features local artists' works such as landscape paintinga, sure to add color to even the most mundane errands run.
This Scottish pub in San Franciscos Tenderloin offers cheap imported beers — including Stella on tap — pool tables, and a jukebox with a slim but tasty selection of hipster indie-rock and dance music. The pub has three levels; theres a small stage and dance floor on the top floor where you can often catch rock and folk acts, plus readings by local authors. Weekly events include Monday movie nights, and the brainiac Castle Quiz every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Most shows are free or $5 at the most.
Located at El Cerrito High School, this venue has hosted Berkeley Opera, with a cast partly composed of high school students.
This popular Mission District bar and club features music seven nights a week. On Fridays and Saturdays, a diverse mix of twentysomething and thirtysomething weekend warriors line up to get in; some just to squeeze into the packed-tight bar downstairs, others to dance to whatever combination of Latin funk is on the bill upstairs. During the week, the Elbo Room hosts an assortment of rock, DJ, and world music. Expect to pay about $5 for weekday shows, and between $8 and $12 on the weekends. Whether you're new to San Francisco or not, the Elbo Room is usually a guaranteed good time for dancing and meeting people.
Since 1997, this nonprofit organization has provided a space for local painters, spoken-word artists, singer-songwriters, and experimental musicians to showcase their work.
This gallery, which was established in 1996 by Joanne and Jerry Epperson, focuses on featuring emerging artists from Northern California.
The atmosphere at Era is upscale, the decor is decadent, and the popular bar attracts a diverse crowd. DJs spin everything from cumbia to reggae, hip-hop, and rock music. There’s a dress code, sometimes a cover charge, and on busy nights there may be a line to get in the door. There are two lounges, strong drinks, and exhibitions of original artwork.
Piano music, jazz, cabaret, sketch comedy and musical theatre are just of the fare you might find on any given night at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco in the Embarcadero. Casual, cozy atmosphere, cheap drinks, and great performers strongly recommend the Eureka Theatre for lovers of live, human entertainment.