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INFO Opened by renowned R&B artist Boz Scaggs in 1988, Slim’s is one of San Francisco’s coolest nightclubs. Situated in SoMa, the club was designed to serve up a spicy gumbo of musical tastes. Echoing a New Orleans aesthetic... ... read more

Slim's Videos

Bruno Mars - Marry You (LIVE) - Slim's - San Francisco, CA 11/16/10
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Bruno Mars - Marry You (LIVE) - Slim's - San Francisco, CA 11/16/10
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The Kooks - Junk of the Heart (Happy) - Slim's SF
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Joe Satriani - "Satch Boogie" at Slim's, SF, CA 3-26-11
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Kreayshawn - Bumpin Bumpin/Gucci Gucci (Live at Slim's in SF) (8/25/11)
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"I Bruise Easily" - Natasha Bedingfield LIVE @ Slim's in San Francisco: June 28th, 2011
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Go Radio- Goodnight Moon Live @ Slims, San Francisco
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Incubus - Nowhere Fast (Debut) [Live @ Slim's, San Francisco, CA. 1999]
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Bumpin n Gucci Gucci - Kreayshawn . Slims San Francisco
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Bombino Concert w/JeConte - Slims, San Francisco
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Beach Fossils - Twelve Roses - Live - Slim's - San Francisco - May 5 2011
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Slapstick - Broken Down - Live @ Slim's, San Francisco 6-15-11
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Slapstick w/ A Very Drunk Matt Skiba - 74 Fullerton - Live @ Slim's, San Francisco 6-15-11
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Craft Spells - Party Talk - Live - Slim's - San Francisco - May 5 2011
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Melted Toys - Portals - Live - Slim's - San Francisco - May 5 2011
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Craft Spells - From the Morning Heat - Live - Slim's - San Francisco - May 5 2011
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Slim's Information

Slim's - Concert Venue in San Francisco.

Opened by renowned R&B artist Boz Scaggs in 1988, Slim’s is one of San Francisco’s coolest nightclubs. Situated in SoMa, the club was designed to serve up a spicy gumbo of musical tastes.

Echoing a New Orleans aesthetic with rustic brick walls and glowing chandeliers, Slim’s features two levels, the ground floor with the stage and a 30-person balcony area, in addition to a long L-shaped bar. The venue offers an extensive menu of both food and drinks.

Previous concerts at Slim’s include performances by Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam, Bruno Mars, Young the Giant, Prince, and Tyler, the Creator.

Slim's User Reviews

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Slim's knows it's people
Matt C. Aug 6, 2013
When I first went to Slim's, I had no idea what to expect. A friend of mine in the SF based band Hungry Skinny said they were opening for some other bands, I decided to see what all the hype was about. If I could say one thing to all those people who scoffed when I said I had never seen a punk band play a set at Slim's I have this to say: I get it. I really, really get it. A smallish venue really works for a crowd whose interest in mainstream rock seems about as extensive as their interest in Russian opera. As my Hungry Skinny worked their way through an opener, the crowd really started forming (apparently too rock n'roll for punctuality, but not rock n'roll enough to party all day) and Slim's began to live up so it's name, at least in terms of physical space. Once the crowd was a little more riled the place seem to captivate that carnal energy that everyone was gushing about. The upstairs balcony was a nice touch, perhaps in consideration to those who'd been going to see punk bands there since before I was born. Indeed, this place is not exactly a dive bar and if you really want the full grunge experience, Slim's is probably not for you. The drinks are decent, there's good food and a nice seating area, all of which are wonderful additions but might negate the "authenticity" for those who expect a true punk rock attitude. But honestly, screw those people. If the idea of moshing all night seems a bit to exhausting for your pace, but you haven't succumbed sitting all night listening to free form jazz I'd recommend it as a good spot to see bands that have yet to "break out" but still have it together enough not to be a rage-fest of sweaty teens. Spot on Slim's, spot on.
A childhood favorite that I still love today
Julie G. Jun 8, 2013
The first time I ever attended a show at Slim's I was 12 years old. I was so stoked that I got to see my favorite bands play in a venue the size of a house and get up close and personal with them. Over a decade later, my feelings have not changed. Slim's is still one of my favorite venues to see live music. Slim's provides a cozy and compact environment for you to enjoy your favorite music. Even standing in the way back of the room provides you a killer view of your favorite acts. Don't want to stand all night? Purchase a dinner ticket and watch the show from their balcony seating area while eating a fabulous meal. (and really, the food is great!) Downstairs you can also find a bar with decently priced drinks. Buzz and tunes? Who can complain. If you're a music fan, Slim's is a venue you must check out.
The BEST
Jim P. Feb 20, 2013
Let me start by saying that Slim's is my FAVORITE place in the city to see a show. But in all honesty, I may be a bit biased and here's why. First, Slim's hosted two of my favorite Japanese pop bands, Puffy and Stereopony, so points for that. Second, there was plenty of parking close to the venue (though that may have been because the performers have modest followings in the States). Third, I was able to get right next to the stage and close to the headliners (come to think of it, THAT may also have been because the performers have modest followings in the States). These factors all came together to make my two experiences at Slim's absolutely flawless. But really, there are other things to like about the club. It's small and intimate. The main floor in front of the stage is just for standing, but there are tables in the back of the room and in the upstairs balcony (for an extra fee, I presume). The stage is just high enough to provide a good view if you don't feel like standing among the crowd. There's also a bar and food served, and the staff is friendly and prompt. But the club's most memorable attribute to me can be summed up by one word: CLEAN. It's the CLEANEST club I've ever seen in SF, and I've seen a lot. The place is damn near sparkling, and the bathroom is more hygienic than mine at home. I almost wanted to eat in there. Obviously, this may change depending on the performers and the crowds they attract, but I remember being shocked at how well-kept Slim's was during my first trip there, and when I went back a few years later nothing had changed. So here's the rundown on Slim's: nice location, great setup, obscure headliners, good service and clean, clean, CLEAN. If a band you're even remotely interested in is on the schedule at Slim's, mark your calendar and make the trip.
Fun Shows
Jackie D. Dec 4, 2012
Slim's is a classic SF venue that gets a lot of great small artists from across the country. You can buy tickets for the floor, or if you prefer you can sit at tables upstairs. I think the floor is great because you're literally right in front of the artists and amid all of the energy. Tickets are really cheap and are worth snatching up because they tend to sell out quickly. While they tend to bring in alt/punk bands, they also bring in indie hip hop artists like Blue Scholars and Atmosphere, so you never know who will be featured next on their calendar.
Nice venue
Tenaya E. Nov 28, 2012
I've only been to Slim's once, but thought it was a pretty nice venue. It's nothing too special but there's enough room to hold a good amount of people without it being too crazy. There's also an upstairs, which is nice if you don't want to be on your feet the entire time. This is definitely the place to be if you're into smaller punk rock bands!
Small, but Big
Rachel G. Nov 21, 2012
Slim's isn't the biggest of venues in the city, but this is the center for all that is underground rock and punk bands in the city. I saw The Adicts here this past year and I can't even tell you how amazing it was. The Adicts has got to be one of my favorite punk bands ever. Slim's not only held this band really well in it's venue, but they also let the chaos build and build! If you have never seen The Adicts or heard their music, once you look them up you can see how crazy it would seem their shows would get and it got wild! I have to say, one of my favorite venues in the city to catch some great punk rock bands.
A venue you can breathe in!
Dana G. Oct 5, 2012
Finally, a spot that keeps it cold inside and is roomy enough to house a large crowd. As a music lover I appreciate small venues just as much as the next gal, but there's something to be said for a little breathing room. And a killer ice cream sundae. That's right, if you sit upstairs (and I love to sit at shows) you have to order food. Ice cream sundae for $5 you say? Well twist my arm. Not only do I get a great show but I get a great sugar high followed by a great beer buzz. Sounds like a good time to me! If you're like me and you have to drive to SF ($1800 for a studio? Are you nuts?) parking can be a nightmare. But I find the SoMa to be quiet on the weekends so parking was easy. And there's a great little mexican restaurant close by for dinner before the show.
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