Rickshaw Stop

Club / Live Music Venue
Rickshaw Stop All-ages clubs are hard to come by in San Francisco, which may explain why so many of the city's dance-happy teenagers routinely pile into The Rickshaw Stop. San Francisco United States 37.7762609759782 -122.42039680481
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Rickshaw Stop - Club | Live Music Venue in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review All-ages clubs are hard to come by in San Francisco, which may explain why so many of the city’s dance-happy teenagers routinely pile into The Rickshaw Stop. Set inside a former television studio, the divey venue hosts... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: Civic Center
    MUNI F Line: Market Street & Gough Street

  • Phone:

    415-861-2011

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    W–Sa 8pm–2am
    Occasionally open other days, check venue website for upcoming performance schedule

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Rickshaw Stop Review

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All-ages clubs are hard to come by in San Francisco, which may explain why so many of the city's dance-happy teenagers routinely pile into The Rickshaw Stop.

All-ages clubs are hard to come by in San Francisco, which may explain why so many of the city’s dance-happy teenagers routinely pile into The Rickshaw Stop.

Set inside a former television studio, the divey venue hosts live bands and DJs throughout the week at affordable ticket prices that match its million-miles-from-exclusive vibe.

Rich red curtains framing the low stage and strings of multi-colored Chinese lanterns make up most of the décor, as sweaty revelers do their best not to bump into the replicas of broken-down rickshaws that dot the concrete dance floor.

Rowdy club kids who need a breather from the dance scene usually head up to the mezzanine to take over the couches, scarf down a few tamales and burgers – or whatever else is on the rotating menu – and watch the action onstage, while a kanji-decorated bar keeps older fans sauced and hopefully feeling not too old.

The most crowded night at the club is almost always Thursday’s Popscene, whose past lineups have included M.I.A., Vampire Weekend, and Akron/Family, and which no doubt continues to make Friday mornings a painful ordeal for bleary-eyed students.

Part dance hall and part indie performance space, The Rickshaw Stop is like a demilitarized zone for clubbers, where patrons of all ages and inclinations can unite on the floor, bruising their knees on those ever-present rickshaws in perfect harmony.

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Tip from Emma:

Check out the Nerd Nite on the third Wednesday of each month. You never quite know what to expect, but it usually combines some kind of cool nerdy discussion with video presentations and booze. As organizers describe it: ‘It's like the Discovery Channel…with beer!’

  • Crowd

    Chipmunk-perky clubbers, aloof rockers, friends of the bands, dance fiends, and a few old skeevy types, mostly late teens to late 20s, though many events are all ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music and/or DJ every night featuring dance-oriented music. Foosball table upstairs.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Rotating menu of bar eats including tamales, burgers, pizza, and vegetarian dishes.

  • Prices

    Tickets $5–$14. Snacks $2–$6, entrées $4–$8, desserts $3–$4. Beer $3–$5, wine $7, cocktails $6–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to clubby: skinny jeans, leather jackets, bright tights, graphic t-shirts, miniskirts, lots of glitter.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays for the über-popular Popscene dance night, or any other night based on musical tastes.

  • Close By

    Little Griddle (1400 Market Street) is a hip diner that serves big portions of American classics.

Rickshaw Stop User Reviews

Average rating:
NerdNite SF
Consuelo C. Dec 11, 2012
The most eclectic gathering of humanity including those whose idea of a great time is feeding the right side of the brain with scientific phenomena over a couple pints.... Once a month, Rickshaw hosts NerdNIte SF, an organization that gathers 3 speakers to expound on their quirky and relative expertise, even a Cal PhD who's thesis included zombies. The place gets packed and accessing the bar is an adventure... groovy balcony level to chill. Easy access to BART and Hayes Valley eateries.
Popscene
Rachel G. Nov 7, 2012
This venue isn't particularly spectacular, but I love going here on Thursday nights for Popscene. This was produced and originated by DJ and LIVE 105 Aaron Axelson. A few of my friends have performed here and I have also seen some other great performances here. I love coming here because it is small, cozy, but also exotic and unique. There is a really fun upstairs lounge area, but what I love the most about that area is Skee Ball and Pool Table! Two of my favorite arcade games.
Not the best acoustics
Dana G. Oct 5, 2012
But still a good time. I've seen some great shows here, that would have been a whole lot better if the sound was higher quality. Kind of hard to enjoy the eccentric Niki and the Dove or the electric School of Seven Bells with screeching acoustics. Nonetheless, I've always enjoyed myself when I come here. It's a tiny spot so it fills up quick, but the upstairs bar is a nice touch as it allows me to avoid rubbing elbows with San Francisco's sweatiest. Yea, they definitely don't turn the AC on. Ever. So while I recommend checking out the talent that comes through here, and it does, I don't love the venue. But beggars can't be choosers!
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