Great music can transform any dive into a new hangout. San Fransisco’s diverse social scene offers an outstanding selection of entertainment and music. Raise your glass, as we toast the best jukebox bars in San Francisco.
The Phone Booth
If you’re looking for atmosphere, The Phone Booth has it in spades. The kitschy decor complete with a Barbie doll chandelier melts beautifully into a sea of punk and alternative tunes. The Phone Booth, offers a mix of X-Ray Spex, Bauhaus and Peter Bjorn on the jukebox. You will also hear The Slits, Brian Eno, The Clash, Best Coast, The Smiths and The New York Dolls blasting in the background of this hot spot. The Phone Booth offers cheap drinks and a relaxed vibe.
Loud music, cheap beer, funky wall paintings and friendly service describe this pub located on the outskirts of Castro on upper Market Street. Next time you are in the mood to enjoy some tunes, bring your friends and pooch to this neighborhood watering hole. You’ll hear songs from The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Misfits, Johnny Cash, Motley Crue and Jane’s Addiction.
The Elixir Saloon
With 15 beers on tap and a storied history stretching back to San Francisco’s earliest days, you can’t go wrong in this upscale dive bar located in the Mission. Come for the award winning cocktails like Smoked Anise, peruse their fine selection of tequila and whiskey and enjoy your spirits with a selection from the Rock-Ola jukebox filled with literally thousands of songs to choose from.
A staple for Lower Haight locals, Molotov’s jukebox provides the perfect background noise for this loud and energetic bar. The dimly lit ambiance features a pool table and pinball machine. Be prepared to rock out to Motorhead, Discharge, Wu-Tang Clan and The Pogues, Slayer when visiting this venue.
Beneath two chandeliers, local art adorns the walls at this intimate watering hole. Cheap drinks and pools tables are among the highlights of this establishment. However, the real star is the song selection on the jukebox. You can hear an eclectic mix of Hunx and His Punx, Sharon Jones, Scissor Sisters, Lil’ Kim, Weezer, Ke$ha, Missy Elliott and PJ Harvey. The Lexington Club is sure to satisfy your musical palate.
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Robyn Chelsea-Seifert is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in The Miami Herald, Creem, Hit Parader, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and International Musician. Check out her articles on Examiner.com here.