MatrixFillmore

Bar / Club / Lounge
MatrixFillmore Opened in 1965 by Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane, MatrixFillmore (formerly The Matrix) once featured some of the biggest bands of the flower-power generation, including The Grateful Dead, The Doors, and many other formative... San Francisco United States 37.798666 -122.435704
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MatrixFillmore - Bar | Club | Lounge in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Opened in 1965 by Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane, MatrixFillmore (formerly The Matrix) once featured some of the biggest bands of the flower-power generation, including The Grateful Dead, The Doors, and many other... ... read full review

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    Daily 8pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth MatrixFillmore Review

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Opened in 1965 by Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane, MatrixFillmore (formerly The Matrix) once featured some of the biggest bands of the flower-power generation, including The Grateful Dead, The Doors, and many other formative...

Opened in 1965 by Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane, MatrixFillmore (formerly The Matrix) once featured some of the biggest bands of the flower-power generation, including The Grateful Dead, The Doors, and many other formative members of San Francisco’s rock scene.

After undergoing many incarnations since the original closed in 1972, the place is now an upscale Marina nightclub where patrons can still see someone special – though nowadays that someone is likely to be a dapper gent or lovely lady rather than a rockin’ band.

The varied roster of theme nights, which range from group salsa lessons to resident dubstep DJs, draw a diverse crowd of 20- and 30-somethings in the mood to lounge by the ample fireplace or shake it up on the small dance floor.

Once they’ve strutted past the smattering of leather couches and draping curtains, groups of dolled-up girls pose around the main bar sipping fresh cucumber gimlets or scoping the place for the Giants player rumored to be inside, while couples head past the second bar and into a narrow hallway decked out in bookshelf wallpaper, where small café tables provide a quieter spot for intimate conversation and specialty cocktails.

A private room even farther back gives VIPs a place to retreat when the club fills up – a virtual guarantee on Fridays and Saturdays – leaving everyone else to make do with wiggling their hips in whatever space they can find.

Luscious laid-back lounge and bumping DJ dance club all in one, MatrixFillmore is a model of high-end fun for affluent Marina regulars.

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Tip from Adriana:

Replay Sundays always bring in an attractive crowd. As long as it’s the off-season, you may have the chance to mingle with a few Giants players – and not just the scrubs, either!

  • Crowd

    Upscale Marina locals, trendy ladies, local celebrities, moneyed college kids, and some older professionals, 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin a mix of Top 40, hipster-pop, house, progressive dance, electro, dubstep, techno, and breaks depending on the night. Salsa lessons on Tuesdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Valet parking at the Balboa Cafe across the street.

  • Prices

    No cover charge. Beer $5–$6, wine $7–$12, cocktails $10–$15, champagne $7–$50, bottle service $85–$300+. Salsa lessons $15. Valet $15.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Upscale and stylish: button-downs, designer jeans, cocktail dresses, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesday nights for the salsa dancing, Fridays and Saturdays for the highest-energy dance music, and Sundays for an attractive crowd lounging out the rest of the weekend.

  • Close By

    Nectar Wine Lounge (3330 Steiner Street) is a chic wine bar and restaurant with nearly a thousand varietals of vino and paired small plates, perfect for fueling up before disappearing into the Matrix.

MatrixFillmore User Reviews

Average rating:
Matrix: Perfect For Any Party, Any Day of the Week .
Kean B. Apr 22, 2013
When Matrix originally opened back in 1965, its main purpose was to be a refuge for Marty Balin's band Jefferson Airplane. It gave them a place to practice, and spread their musical vision to likeminded locals. Shortly thereafter, Matrix began to book some of the biggest names in rock and roll, including The Doors, The Grateful Dead and The Steve Miller Band. Just a short seven years after opening, Matrix closed for business, not to be reopened until 2001 when it was bought by Plumpjack. With a bit of a facelift, the historic rock and roll haven adopted a new sense of style, touting an intimate atmosphere in a lounge-like environment. Now, a decade after its rebirth, Matrix is undoubtedly one of the most popular clubs in the marina district and shows no signs of slowing down. Young business people, house-heads, and anyone looking to get down to some of the most recent dance tracks. The best, well-known DJs in the city, DJ Mei Lwun, DJ Nima G, DJ J Espinosa, and Jared F are among a few of the big name acts to keep the party going every night of the week. Although Matrix does not serve food, you can find some great eats directly across the street at another Plumpjack institution, the Balboa Cafe. Beer & Wine range from $5-$12, and Cocktails go from $9 and up. Patrons of Matrix can be found wearing anything from t-shirts to suits with the clubs relaxed vibe, but at this hotspot, it's always a good idea to dress to impress. Manic Mondays with DJ Mei Lwun are definitely a great party to kick off the week, and you don't want to miss Jared F's F-Style Friday where he spans all genres of electronic music, keeping the energy up all night and creating a big venue atmosphere with his musical selection.
Try it out
Kaile K. Nov 29, 2012
MatrixFillmore definitely has an exclusive feel, so if you're not into that kind of atmosphere I wouldn't recommend it. I've always had a pretty good time here, even though I do tend to enjoy more laid back places more. Definitely not a casual place, but its really great to come here for a night out with your friends!
Typical
Rachel G. Nov 22, 2012
I've always had a decent time here, nothing ever too special. I am not much of a Marina district person and this place is a pretty typical Marina nightclub bar. I love myself some bumping techno and electronic beats, but something about the vibe in here sort of ruined it for me. I think it may have been the crowd? The crowd was a lot of social celebs around the city and socialites that sort of made the night too preppy for me. I felt out of place and the crowd sort of made it evident that I was clearly not in a place of welcome. Not sure if it was just that night, but not the fondest of times have happened here for me and friends.
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