Party Earth Review Arguably the fanciest den of prostitution in town when it was built in 1907, these days the building that houses the Great American Music Hall hosts performers who are (usually) fully clothed...and patrons are paying just... ... read full review
859 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Show times vary, though doors usually open between 7 and 8pm on performance nights
Box office M–F 10:30am–6pm and on night of show (often sold out)
Civic Center / Tenderloin, San Francisco –
Arguably the fanciest den of prostitution in town when it was built in 1907, these days the building that houses the Great American Music Hall hosts performers who are (usually) fully clothed...and patrons are paying just for the music.
Acts of every possible style have graced the low stage, from Duke Ellington in his heyday to OK Go in theirs, as well as non-musical acts like the Velvet Hammer Burlesque troupe – all of which attract a varied clientele of music lovers.
Stunning architecture sets the backdrop for any night, with giant marble columns and looming ornate chandeliers punctuating the main hall, where balconies rimming both sides of the open room are laden in frescoes that would not appear out of place in a Victorian mansion. The hardwood floors only add to the baroque aesthetic and could easily be lined with dining tables during an intimate recital or cleared for rowdy dancers to rush the stage.
To top it off, a full restaurant on site ensures audiences can satiate their appetites even after they’ve arrived, and a bar on each level makes it easy to grab a drink without missing a single aria, riff, or raucous drum solo.
With room for barely six hundred, Great American Music Hall is by no means the largest concert venue in San Francisco, but its combination of history, stunning design, and ever-changing lineup make it one helluva great place to catch a show.
Depends on the act, though most nights see plenty of counterculture veterans and young hipsters. Ages six and over welcome at most shows.
Menu of American pub grub including sandwiches and tri-tip available to all audience members; more upscale “preferred dinner menu” available to dinner ticket holders.
Validated parking at Cathedral Hill Parking Garage (1101 Van Ness Avenue).
Public parking on Van Ness Avenue between Post and Geary.
Garage parking at AMC 1000 theater garage (1000 Van Ness Avenue) and Central Parking System (1150 Post Street).
Limited street parking.
Tickets usually $13–$30+. Small plates $4–$14, sandwiches $12–$13, entrées $15–$17, desserts $7–$9, dinner tickets $25/added to the price of the regular ticket. Beer $5–$7, wine $7–$11, cocktails $7–$12. Service fees $1–$6/ticket; no service fees for tickets bought day of show. Valet price varies and is not available for all shows, but usually $10–$16. Validated parking $5/four hours.
Anything goes, but trends casual.
Whenever a performer of interest takes the stage.
For more music, The Warfield (982 Market Street) is a much larger concert hall that began as a vaudeville theater in the 1920s and is now one of the city’s stalwart rock venues.