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Founded in 1997 by blues legend John Lee Hooker, the Boom Boom Room was once a sultry, steamy place for locals to get down to some of the country's best blues acts. Today, the club still hosts a range of blues, boogie, and soul bands, but it’s got a little less roots and little more funk and jam-band, which tends to attract a slightly younger, lighter crowd. But with its red walls, photos of famous musicians, candles on the tables, and checkerboard floor, the Boom Boom Room is still a groovy place for the blues.

A small arts collective featuring experimental art exhibits, world music concert series, studios, and more.

For years, this Potrero Hill spot has reigned as the rock club in San Francisco. Though sometimes criticized by out-of-town bands for its complacent, arm-crossed audience, and by locals for favoritism, it still books some of the best shows and has a sound quality to match. Fans of noise-rock, post-rock, punk-pop, and everything in between cram the beer-sticky checkerboard floor all the way to the pool table and spill out onto the back patio for standing-room-only smoking and some serious tattoo watching. Don't expect fancy drinks or cheesy promotions here; this place is known for its anti-snob snobbery. But we're not complaining.

Folsom Street may not be the most picturesque destination in San Francisco, but that doesn’t stop musically inclined and hip thirtysomethings from hanging out at this popular cafe. Known for its unique combination as a cafe and Laundromat, Brainwash also features predominantly acoustic solo acts seven nights a week, as well as a Thursday comedy night. During the day, Brainwash attracts suit-and-tie types to informal business lunches over burgers and delicious french fries. At night, it’s a haven for young aspiring songwriters.

Located in a 70-year-old former-vaudeville theater house, Brava (note the feminine ending) is a "professional arts organization" dedicated to "celebrating the intersection of feminism and multiculturalism that ignites social change and builds community." Diverse audiences and national recognition make Brava a paragon of San Francisco culture.

Located at Bridge Storage, the space offers artists room to work and show their art.

Located in a remodeled industrial warehouse, Bridgehead Studios, founded by professional photographer Chuck DiGuida, provides a site for photographers, artists, and filmmakers to showcase their work to a diverse and appreciative crowd.

Bruno's offers live music Tuesday and Thursday, featuring Jazz Mafia Tuesdays, Batanga Live! Thursdays, and DJs on other nights. Full-service Italian restaurant open until 10 p.m.

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