Party Earth Review Dance classes, stand-up, open mic, and regular live bands can all be found at divey Rockit Room, making it perfect for a hell-raising head-bang, an acoustic sashay, or just a round of drinks. Bumping music venues are rare... ... read full review
406 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
The Richmond, San Francisco –
Dance classes, stand-up, open mic, and regular live bands can all be found at divey Rockit Room, making it perfect for a hell-raising head-bang, an acoustic sashay, or just a round of drinks.
Bumping music venues are rare birds in this sleepy ‘hood, which may explain why the Room has garnered its share of noise ordinance violations.
A long vinyl-topped bar runs the length of the first floor, flanked by a slew of faux snakeskin stools perpetually occupied – depending on the night’s band or event – by suspender-clad twenty-somethings and/or wizardly old locals.
Tufted leather banquettes run along the other side, where rowdy swillers gather in groups or steal a few smooches with a date, while nearby barrel tables make sloshing a brew a saloon-style surety.
A diminutive stage skulks in back, hosting smaller bands that make the black-clad devotees shake their tail feathers, but the bigger names that blow through town get booked upstairs – a wide open space with a small bar, a long leather bench for a quiet refrain, and a big black stage.
Fridays and Saturdays usually see these main stage performers take the stage, but other events throughout the week – including karaoke, comedy, and cheap salsa lessons – also consistently draw a good crowd.
A sparsely decorated haunt with a no-pretty-people-need-apply atmosphere, Rockit Room is a welcome target for anyone looking to get raucous in The Richmond.
Punk rock partiers, grungy hipsters, funky fresh artistic types, older hippies, music-loving college kids, salsa fans, and karaoke dorks, 20s to late 30s.
Regular live acts booked on Fridays and Saturdays, usually followed by a diverse set of late-night DJs, though bands in a wide variety of styles (rock, indie, cover bands, etc.) might play here any day. Check venue website for schedule.
Salsa lessons on Mondays, stand-up comedy and karaoke on Tuesdays, open mic on Wednesdays.
Three muted flat-screens above the bar tuned to TNT, a basketball game, a brutal UFC battle, or whatever the bartender is in the mood for.
No food. Happy Hour daily 6–8pm.
Cover charge $5–$10+. Beer $3–$5, wine $6, cocktails $6–$9.
Casual badass: black jeans, Converse, leather jackets, obscure sweatshirts, skin-tight skinny jeans, booties, tattoos.
Mondays to get a little spicy with salsa lessons, Tuesdays for ha-has and tra-la-las respectively with comedy upstairs and karaoke downstairs, Wednesdays to check out the local talent during open mic (or to sign yourself up at 7:30pm), Fridays and Saturdays to catch a band of interest, and Sundays to give the wallet a rest with free live music.
Cafe Bunn Mi (417 Clement Street) serves savory and dirt cheap sammies daily until 9pm, including crispy duck or pork belly, making it a good spot for a fill-me-up before heading into the musical fray.