The Warfield

Concert Venue / Live Music Venue
The Warfield The Warfield in San Francisco's Civic Center/Tenderloin is an iconic concert & performance venue. Come catch an amazing show in SF with Party Earth. San Francisco United States 37.782467 -122.410056
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The Warfield - Concert Venue | Live Music Venue in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review It began life in the 1920s as a vaudeville theater, and though comedians and other live acts still perform at The Warfield, it is best known as an iconic music venue that has played host to an astounding variety of musicians... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: Civic Center/UN Plaza, Powell Street
    MUNI F Line: Market Street and 5th Street

  • Phone:

    415-345-0900

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  • Hours:

    Box Office: Open on all show nights approximately 90 minutes before the performance and Su 10am–4pm

    Call Center: M–F 9am–9pm, Sa 9am–4pm, Su 9am–3pm

    Doors generally open about an hour before a show

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

The Warfield Videos

Tommy Joe Ratliff with Fans Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA 072510
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Tommy Joe Ratliff with Fans Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA 072510
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"Fembot" (Live) - Robyn - San Francisco, Warfield Theatre - November 23, 2010
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Fishbone "live" from the Warfield Theater in San Francisco CA 1992 - part 1 of 8
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Ministry (Sphinctour 1996) [05]. So What (Warfield Theatre #1, San Francisco)
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"Show Me Love" (Live) - Robyn - San Francisco, Warfield Theatre - November 23, 2010
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Phoenix - Rome [Warfield, San Francsico 9
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Odd Future Live At The Warfield Theater In SF (9/30/11) Part Seven
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Jerry Garcia Band - How Sweet It Is - 04/27/94 - Warfield Theater
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Michael Franti & Spearhead - So High (Live @ Warfield Theatre, SF) 2/16/07
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Frank Gambale - The Natives are Restless (Warfield Theatre, San Francisco - 19th Sept 1992)
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Party Earth The Warfield Review

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The Warfield in San Francisco's Civic Center/Tenderloin is an iconic concert & performance venue. Come catch an amazing show in SF with Party Earth.

It began life in the 1920s as a vaudeville theater, and though comedians and other live acts still perform at The Warfield, it is best known as an iconic music venue that has played host to an astounding variety of musicians.

From Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead – who both took up long residencies here – to Slayer and Adele, the venue has seen enough big names come through to make the tongue-in-cheek slogan on the door almost true: “Everyone has played The Warfield.”

On concert nights, throngs of music fans spill into the main room, pack into the high balcony and mezzanine, or head straight for the lower floor that‘s dedicated to dancing, from slow shimmies and pop-locking to outright moshing, depending who’s on stage.

The 2,300-capacity concert hall still boasts a classic theater marquee out front, while the lobby features marble columns, golden cornices, and walls covered with framed posters of past performers, all lit up by a long row of chandeliers.

Those who look up in the main room will see a Renaissance-style fresco on the ceiling that would fit perfectly in any ornate church, perhaps because The Warfield is a kind of church – a temple to music and performance that has stood the test of time in the ever-changing music world.

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Tip from Jonah:

The dance floor is pretty small, so if you’re looking to dance, get there about thirty minutes early. That should be enough to get a good spot and avoid being crammed into the equivalent of a sweaty, gyrating sardine can. Of course…one might argue that’s part of the fun.

  • Crowd

    Music and live performance lovers of all types, from grungy hippies, emos, Goths, and hipsters to head-bangers, punks, nerds, and everything in between. All ages, some shows 18/21+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Constantly packed calendar of performers including current pop music sensations, rock legends, big-name DJs, indie bands, rappers, comedians, and more.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu includes bar snacks like popcorn and kettle chips, as well as larger meals like hot dogs, veggie dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, and wings, all catered by neighboring Show Dogs.

    ATM in lobby.

    Coat check located downstairs by the bathroom.

    Bouncers confiscate gum and any sort of outside beverage, including sealed bottles.

  • Prices

    Tickets average $30. Bar snacks $2.50–$5, meals $8–$12. Beer $7.50–$9, mixed drinks and rails $7–$12, bottled water $4.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: given the variety of performers, “casual” pretty much covers every possible permutation of relaxed, danceable attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Whenever an artist of interest performs. Big names grace the stage regularly, even on weekdays.

  • Close By

    Tu Lan Vietnamese Restaurant (8 6th Street) is a tiny little dive that many locals swear has some of the best Vietnamese grub in town. It’s cheap, it’s steps from The Warfield, and it’s a favorite for many concert regulars who don’t want to catch a show on an empty stomach.

The Warfield User Reviews

Average rating:
A must for anyone with a spare night.
Jonathan C. Aug 10, 2013
I went to The Warfield about 4 years ago to see Velvet Revolver, Slash's (the guitarist) band at the time. Besides the fact that Scott Weiland was so drunk he fell off the stage twice i enjoyed the show, the old school feel of an opera house while 20 marshall cabinets where blasting hard rock gave me nothing but joy. I recommend this place to anyone who has an idol coming to town.
Great Location/ Good music
Cori L. Jun 19, 2013
Located in the heart of San Fransico, near transit, restaurants, shopping, The Warfield Theatre is a great place to enjoy music, and night life.
Best venue ever!
Stephanie S. May 14, 2013
Hands down, this is the place to go for a show! Small and intimate, you feel like the show is a private performance! I saw Alice in Chains here years ago and it's still my best concert I've ever been (the band's skills aside.) Located on Market with easy access to BART, transit, parking and of course restaurants and bars, it's easy to get to and centrally located. The sound is incredible in there and the ambiance is amazing. It feels glamorous and old school. I wish ever band I ever wanted to see played there exclusively!
By far one of my favorite venues
Erin C. Feb 20, 2013
The Warfield is the best concert venue that I’ve ever been to. It’s a small-ish theater that looks like something from a movie, with its ornate ceilings and intimate staging. Sure, the seating is slightly steep towards to back, but the atmosphere at this place is amazing. I recently saw an Ed Sheeran show (who is a great live performer might I add) and the acoustics were unreal. The sound, lights, and overall layout of the theater made me feel like I was a lot closer than I actually was. The venue itself made me want to book concerts here in the future. The only problem I encountered was the time it took to exit the building after the concert. It took nearly a half hour to get to the door from my seat, as there was a human traffic jam from the front of the building to the back. I’d suggest leaving asap after the performance to avoid waiting in line.
Kind of a Surprise...
Jim P. Feb 20, 2013
I'd never been to the Warfield before, but I'd heard of it, and about all the hard rock/metal acts that have performed there over the decades. I was going to see Motorhead, so I was a little taken aback when I walked into a venue peeled straight from the old Muppet Show. The Warfield hasn't changed since the Roaring 20s, which makes watching a dirty, grimy, ear-splitting rock show there kind of surreal. But it's definitely a gorgeous theater - very clean and (CLICHE ALERT) without a bad seat in the house. Really, the theater setup allows a great view from anywhere. The acoustics are equally impressive; my brain is still rattling and the concert was MONTHS ago. There's also a spacious upper lobby with a bar, concession stand and walls lined with framed photos of past performers that make it feel like a time capsule. The bathroom is easily reached and pretty clean, although that last part may depend on the crowd you're in. If there's one problem I have with the Warfield, it's the location. I'll kindly describe it as "shady," and you can come to your own conclusions. I ate at a deli/donut shop across the street which seemed to second as a gathering place for hostile beggars. And right next door there's a strip club...I think (not that I would ever go in a place like that. No...not me....never...). If someone you really enjoy is performing, I give the Warfield a strong recommendation. Just bring friends and some kind of GPS with you and you'll have a great time.
Up close and personal
Claire B. Nov 29, 2012
Hands down one of the best concert venues. It is a great size, not too small, not too big, and is always kept clean. I saw Mumford and Sons here and it was a life changing experience. It isn't in the best neighborhood, but just be smart and aware when you're walking there and you'll be fine!
Love the Warfield
Tenaya E. Nov 28, 2012
The Warfield is one of my favorite concert venues! They always have great artists coming through. The venue itself is beautiful, and there is a ton of space since there's an upper mezzanine in addition to downstairs. As other reviewers have said, it's definitely not in the best part of San Francisco. However, I've never felt particularly unsafe on the walk to the Warfield...dealing with crazies is just a part of SF. Absolutely go to this venue if you get the chance.
Great Venue
Caroline c. Nov 28, 2012
There are always lots of performers at the Warfield. Last time I went, I saw Avicii and it was so fun. It is really cool inside -- it's like an older theater with lots of pictures of those who have performed there. The staff is really friendly and organized and take care of everyone. It is really clean inside and they always have water for visitors. Although it is not in the best neighborhood in San Francisco (the Tenderloin), it is located relatively near BART --I suggest taking a cab from there to the venue. There are also lots of places to eat near here.
Great memories at The Warfield
Kt K. Nov 26, 2012
The walk from BART through the Tenderloin isn't my favorite, but the Warfield attracts some of the best artists. I love the classic interior. The walls are lined with photographs and posters from every great concert. The staff has always been friendly, and I found getting water to be pretty easy. I've seen a huge range of performances here, including Pepper, Matisyahu, and Avicii. It's convenient, attractive, and timeless.
Venue
Rachel G. Nov 7, 2012
Another great music venue in the city. Stuck in a not so bueno area of the city, but it's worth the trek for some great entertainment. The venue is an old school theater styled place that holds some great artists, musicians, and performers. Near by there are a TON of great food places to hit up before a concert or performance. Great venue.
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