Party Earth Review With its Burberry-plaid and gold-plated AK-47 over the bar and a mirror-covered bomb standing in for a disco ball, Madrone Art Bar already eschews the typical club look. Add to this a jumbled hodgepodge of paintings, sculptures... ... read full review
500 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
MUNI N Line: Duboce Street/Noe Street/Duboce Park
M 6pm–2am, Tu–Sa 4pm–2am, Su 3pm–1:30am
The Haight, San Francisco –
With its Burberry-plaid and gold-plated AK-47 over the bar and a mirror-covered bomb standing in for a disco ball, Madrone Art Bar already eschews the typical club look. Add to this a jumbled hodgepodge of paintings, sculptures, and video displays, a few snaking wooden chandeliers, and wildly varied music, and it’s no wonder so many people love to get down at this multi-faceted medium of merrymaking.
Mismatched chairs surround the tiled dance floor, while a movie screen and a DJ booth bookend the always changing exhibits of new local art – although the mounted buck with machine gun antlers and the beat-up piano are there to stay.
Neighborhood artists, casual hipsters, and blue-collar types all drop in for daily Happy Hour specials, creating a mellow early evening scene that serves as the perfect backdrop for the inevitable college kids plinking away on their laptops and the hoodie-clad intellectuals dissecting the latest abstract display.
The need for a dance floor is obvious by 9pm, however, as live bands, DJs, jazz sessions, dance lessons, and even a piano man consistently pack the house, especially on Fridays and Saturdays when it’s normal to find a line of revelers streaming out the door.
Whether for the kooky gallery viewing, the niche musical acts, or the throwback DJ nights, folks who like to blur the line between art and life find their Mona Lisa smile at Madrone Art Bar.
Music lovers, artists, too-cool-for-school college kids, dance fiends, anti-clubbers, and a few aging hipsters, early 20s to late 40s.
Live music or DJs every night featuring everything from salsa lessons to Michael Jackson and Prince-themed nights. Themes change often; check venue website for latest schedule. Free board games available.
No food, but many surrounding restaurants offer free delivery to the bar. Cash only. Free Wi-Fi. Happy Hour daily 4–8pm.
Cover charge $0–$5. Beer $3–$6, wine $8, shots and cocktails $5–$9.
Hipster casual: jeans, American Apparel, plaid, comfortable dance attire.
Any night to check out the music and art, though Fridays and Saturdays guarantee a wall-to-wall dance scene.
Mini Bar (837 Divisadero Street) has a similar artistic focus, though usually without the weekend lines, and serves as a great stop to chill before letting loose at Madrone.