The Knockout

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The Knockout Searching for concerts at The Knockout in San Francisco? Check out Party Earth for The Knockout's schedule and updates, and experience this incredible Music Venue for yourself! San Francisco United States 37.745234 -122.420101
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The Knockout - Club | Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Although far removed from the Mission’s pulsing nightlife center, The Knockout offers a packed schedule of live entertainment bound to appeal to a variety of true dive lovers. From the logo of a hard-boozing Mexican wrestler... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: 24th Street Mission
    MUNI J: Church Street & 29th Street; 30th Street & Dolores Street

  • Phone:

    415-550-6994

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  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

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Party Earth The Knockout Review

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Searching for concerts at The Knockout in San Francisco? Check out Party Earth for The Knockout's schedule and updates, and experience this incredible Music Venue for yourself!

Although far removed from the Mission’s pulsing nightlife center, The Knockout offers a packed schedule of live entertainment bound to appeal to a variety of true dive lovers.

From the logo of a hard-boozing Mexican wrestler out front to the kitschy interior strewn with neon signs, random photographs, and vintage album covers tacked on lime-green walls, it’s clear the owners don’t take design (or cleaning supplies) very seriously, and instead focus on maintaining their chock-a-block calendar.

Things start off fairly slowly during the midweek Happy Hour (M–Th), except during Thursday’s Bingo night, which tends to be a big draw for groups of friends looking to kick the weekend off early. Chances are good there will even be the odd wily grandma buying too many drinks to get another playing card, but the real crowds don’t show up until 9:30-ish, when funky deck-spinners and loud local bands take to the glittery stage.

Grunge kids, punks, and tube sock-sporting girls arrive in a steady flow, ordering pint-sized margaritas, and piling into the photo booth between trips to the dance floor.

Although the bar’s acoustics would probably make a Dolby technician’s ears bleed, The Knockout’s lively turnout, budget-friendly drinks, and stellar buzz leave unpretentious patrons pleased as punch.

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Tip from Emma:

Get your soul mojo on Sundays by dropping in for the popular Sweaterfunk dance party. And keep that mojo going any night with one of their delicious spiked root beer floats!

  • Crowd

    Dive-lovers, hipsters, musicians, curious couples, dance-happy college kids, unpretentious groups looking to rock out, karaoke and bingo fans, tired barflies, old ladies dressed to kill…your eyes, 20s to 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music and/or DJs nightly play everything from punk and metal to funk, hip-hop, and popular 90s hits M–Th and sometimes on weekends from 9:30pm. Check venue website for schedule.

    Bingo on Thursdays from 7pm. Oldies Night on Fridays. Sweaterfunk on Sundays.

    Photo booth.

    A few TVs usually tuned to music videos.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Happy hour M–Th 5–8pm. ATM on site.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $4–$7 (usually after 9pm, sometimes later, and not every night. Check venue calendar). Beer $2–$5, wine $5, cocktails $5–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, Doc Martins, shorts, oversized clear-framed glasses, leather jackets, skirts, blouses, sneakers, grungy dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays for bingo, Fridays to get vintage kicks with Oldies Night, any other night for loud music and a rocking crowd, or when a DJ or band of interest is on the schedule.

  • Close By

    Taqueria Cancún (3211 Mission Street) is a colorful Mexican dive right next door that’s been serving big burritos to hungry revelers for years.

The Knockout User Reviews

Average rating:
Hug your hipster friends close
Doug L. May 17, 2013
Knockout is a great spot for young people to get a good buzz on and dance to some funky jams. The atmosphere is really fun. Dont be a stiff, let the freaky hipster love take you for a weird ride. Grab a cheap beer and a shot likes its NBD. Good for groups of friends. Knockout is your hipster friends favorite spot, and for good reason. Cheap booze, fun crowd, and hip jams. Nothing is typical at the knockout. Its kinda divey but thats what a good hipster bar should be. Be casual, no need to dress to impress. Just put on your dads jacket and tight jeans and you'll fit right in.
Knock Knock! It's time for Teenage Dance Craze
Rachel K. Apr 16, 2013
If you're like me you like to dance, but not in crowded nightclubs, or to top 40 songs. My kind of dancing happens once a month, in this tiny bar with old tiny toons playing on TV screens. You won't find any Rihanna or Lady Gaga here -- no, but you'll discover the brilliance of Buddy Holly, you'll twist and shout, and find yourself dipping your partner a la Grease. If you ask for a Ham Job, you'll find yourself chasing a shot of whiskey with a Ham beer, and suddenly spinning around in a poodle skirt or just your dancing shoes is even more fun. At teenage dance craze, you'll do all of this to the DJ stylings of a former Mummies band member. In the end, you'll be smiling, sweaty and panting. Just the way The Knockout likes it.
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