Late-Night Festivities 

Bars and Clubs to Catch Tunes and Down a Drink or Two

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Uptown Nightclub (1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-451-8100, is one of many punk-oriented venues in the East Bay, but it stands out by striking a nice balance between out-of-towners and local mainstays and featuring acts that cover a wide spectrum from emo-prog to lesbian thrash, psychobilly to Afro-boho jazz-funk, and classic punk to indie folk.

Yoshi's (510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, 510-238-9200, jazz room is a jazz lover's — and jazz musician's — dream, specially built to enhance the listening and performing experience.

Clubs & Musical Venues — San Francisco

Amoeba Music (1855 Haight St., San Francisco, 415-831-1200, hosts live bands several times a week, usually prior to their performance at some big club in the city, which makes it a great opportunity to see your favorite band for free if you can't afford a regular ticket, and in a much more intimate environment.

The Boom Boom Room (1601 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 415-673-8000, 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.

Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St., San Francisco, 415-621-4455, is where 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 serious tattoo watching.

Cafe du Nord (2170 Market St., San Francisco, 415-861-5016,, with its deep-red interior, Victorian-era styling, and large, carved wood bar, is one of the more classy and sophisticated places in San Francisco to see some of the best local and national alt-country, folk, indie rock, and singer-songwriter acts.

Club Six (60 Sixth St., San Francisco, 415-863-1221, is a two-tiered industrial warehouse that's home to famously bombastic DJ parties such as "Reggae Gold SF," the hot dancehall night with Daddy Rolo every fourth Saturday of the month, and "Solid," a regular Thursday-night reggae and dancehall extravaganza.

DNA Lounge (375 11th St., San Francisco, 415-626-1409, is a two-tiered club that has a futuristic feel, a full bar, large stage and lounge areas, and often stays open after hours for DJ events — including hip-hop, house, dancehall, industrial, and breakbeats — on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Great American Music Hall (859 O'Farrell St., San Francisco, 415-885-0750, is one of the best midsize venues in the City, boasting a huge oak dance floor with ample space for two hundred and drawing mostly national touring acts in diverse genres.

Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk St., San Francisco, 415-923-0923, is the best place to hear the latest flying-under-the-radar indie acts.

Hotel Utah (500 4th St., San Francisco, 415-546-6300, is the place to grab a bar stool, order a pint and a monster burger and fries, and hear a variety of folk and rock bands while absorbing some of San Francisco's lively history.

The Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco, 415-771-1421, stands out for its welcoming vibe and the variety of music booked — usually big-name acts in the worlds of reggae, funk, blues, DJs, hip-hop, and the indie-rock circuit.

Mezzanine (444 Jessie St., San Francisco, 415-625-8880, features hip-hop and DJ showcases (including local and international acts), video screenings, laser shows, and multimedia installations by artists associated with Blasthaus Gallery.

Slim's (333 11th St., San Francisco, 415-255-0333, features rock, metal, jazz, blues, R&B, and reggae most nights of the week, and is one of the few all-ages venues in the city.

Yoshi's San Francisco (1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 415-655-5600, offers the same high caliber of talent in the genre of jazz as the Oakland original, but the state-of-the-art venue also books R&B, soul, and world-music acts.


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