This Valentine’s Day, slip into something special and enjoy a night on the town filled with live music and love. Make memories and enjoy a show at these San Francisco hot spots.
Hours: Mon – Tues 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Wed – Thur, Sat 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Fri 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sun 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Free live music for lovers is being offered in the front room at El Rio where you can toast to romance with $5 margaritas all night long. If you are looking to strike that perfect chord with someone special, jam with Los Trainwreck starting at 8 p.m. They are amped to make you looked like a star.
Hours: Mon – Fri 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Surprise your sweetheart with flowers and a night filled with the best entertainment in the East Bay. The Starry Plough Pub is a 35-year-old institution offering live music, poetry slams, open mics and more. They are passionate about their traditional Irish roots. There’s a fine selection of brews with a casual atmosphere making this place most welcoming on the night of love.
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Hours: Tues – Sun 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Nothing screams red hot passion more than jazz and blues. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers perform two shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Before feasting on Smith and her 7-piece band, sink your teeth into the yam fries, pulled pork BBQ or cajun calamari served onsite at the club’s full-service kitchen.
It always feels like a special occasion sitting inside the Great American Music Hall. The French architecture is incredibly rich and drips of a romantic setting regardless of the event or guest. Artists who have graced the stage include Wild Flag, Roky Erickson, PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, the Grateful Dead, The Melvins and Arcade Fire.
Hours: Mon, Wed – Sun 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Tues 6 p.m. – 12 a.m
It’s a celebration every night of the week at the Make Out Room. Lose yourself in this intimate spot decorated in tinsel and good tidings. Cheap beer, loud music and the occasional underwear party make this location a city hot spot perfect for romance.
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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. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.