FilterlessCo's Top 10 Music Venues in San Francisco

The Independent

A smaller, 600-person capacity music venue known for their very intimate performances with often times, world renown talent. The renovated, Western Addition warehouse consistently delivers amazing acoustics and a “front row seat” feel no matter where you are standing.

Major Lazer at The Independent, Photo: Lance Skundrich of FilterlessCo.

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Built in 1915, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is massive (6,000 capacity) and full of history. There’s a general admission floor and tons of balcony seating, but what sets the Civic auditorium apart is the incredible light set up, which makes it a top spot to see a big name EDM act.

Pretty Lights at The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Photo: Grady Brannan of FilterlessCo.

Fox Theatre

Originally built as a movie theatre back in 1928, the Fox Theatre in Oakland recently went through a massive renovation and reopened it’s doors as one of the Bay Areas most elite concert venues. Tickets and drinks can be expensive, but the stunning architecture and great talent the Fox attracts make it definitely worth a visit.

Animal Collective at The Fox Theatre, Photo: Grady Brannan of FilterlessCo.

Greek Theatre

Located in the heart of the UC Berkeley campus, outdoor Greek Theatre has amazing acoustics and, despite holding 5,700 people, feels surprisingly intimate. The Greek always attracts a great lineup in the warmer months and attracts a mixed crowd of families, college kids and the occasional Deadhead.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at The Greek Theatre, Photo: Grady Brannan of FilterlessCo.

The Fillmore

Rolling Stone called The Fillmore the second best “Big Room” in the country and for obvious reasons. With walls lined with original concert posters and a stage that’s been graced by the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd, it’s hard to find a venue more influential or legendary than the Fillmore.

Devo at The Fillmore Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy of FilterlessCo.


A 1,200 capacity, multi-level music hall with a reputation for crazy crowds and great talent, especially up and coming electronic and dance acts. The sound system and lights are always at full force, and for a venue it’s size, drink lines tend to stay reasonably short.

Simian Mobile Disco at Mezzanine Photo: Grady Brannan

The Warfield

A classicly styled theatre right in the heart of San Francisco. With upper deck seating for a comfortable view or a lower level dance floor for a more intimate experience, the Warfield is suitable for everyone trying to catch their favorite artists. Capacity is 2,250 which is a great balance between small club and large arena.

Above & Beyond at The Warfield, Photo: Grady Brannan of FilterlessCo.

Rickshaw Stop

Only a few minutes walk from the Civic Center BART/MUNI station, Rickshaw Stop is one of San Francisco’s hippest venues featuring plenty of exciting up-and-coming acts. The capacity is only 350, but there’s a second floor with couches and lounging.

Bombay Bycicle Club at The Rickshaw Stop, Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy

The Great American Music Hall

“With its Gatsby-esque feel and variety of performers, Great American Music Hall is a great venue for the nostalgic and the modern, the pumped-up and the laid-back, and the old and the new,” said Lauren H. in a Yelp review. It’s known for it’s decorative columns and balconies, as well as the consistently hip lineup of indie acts it reels in.

DIIV at The Great American Music Hall, Photo: Grady Brannan of FilterlessCo

New Parish

The New Parish is one of Oakland’s go-to clubs for both small, local acts and bigger, national ones. The space has enough room to move around but is also small enough that you feel up close and personal with the artists.  And there’s a cool outdoor patio for when things get too hot on the dance floor.

G-Eazy at The New Parish Music Hall, Photo: Grady Brannan of FilterlessCo.