Review of live music venues in San Francisco

Olivia DiNapoli, Staff Writer

San Francisco has a thriving music scene built upon venues that host up-and-coming, as well as new and exciting artists. Ranging from older, iconic establishments to smaller, vibrant ones. Here is a compilation of some of San Francisco’s finest live music venues.


333 11th St.

Slim’s, opened by R&B star Boz Scaggs in 1988, is a mid sized performance venue located in SOMA. The intimate setting allows for a variety of artists to perform, from bigger acts (such as Charli XCX, Of Montreal, Prince and Kings of Leon) to smaller, local artists. A range of genres are known to grace the Slim’s stage, and with food and drink service also provided, this venue provides entertainment for everyone.


Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th St.

Priding itself on hosting a show almost every night, Bottom of the Hill is known to present up-and-coming artists before they hit the bigtime. This venue is also home to many “Noise Pop” shows–indie music, arts and film festivals–which this year included Best Coast, Cherry Glazerr, and Urban alumnae band The She’s. The colorful lights and decor, as well as the outside patio, allow for showgoers to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere.


The Fillmore
1805 Geary Blvd.

Opened in 1912 as “The Majestic Hall and Majestic Academy of Dancing,” the Fillmore is arguably the Bay Area’s most iconic and beloved venue. Famous in the 1960s for supporting the careers of artists such as Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding–and when reopened in 1994, The Smashing Pumpkins and Ry Cooder. This venue is bigger than most in the city, with a second story for dining. The walls are covered with posters boasting acts such as Cream. The Fillmore provides an appropriate amount of nostalgia while still retaining the popular edge that has kept it in business for more than a century.