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Nightlife & Music

San Francisco’s Best Jazz And Blues Clubs

September 14, 2011 4:52 PM

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San Francisco is home to a thriving jazz and blues community. Whether you’re in the mood for a high-end date with some of the country’s best blues stars or the real thing in a neighborhood dive bar, these sultry spots will lift your mood while bringing you the blues.

Yoshi’s San Francisco

1330 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 655-5600

Yoshi’s San Francisco features a 28,000 square-foot, two-story, state-of-the-art venue and the best of local, national and international jazz artists with seating for over 400 in the jazz club and 370 in the restaurant and lounge. Not only is this a great destination for live music, but Yoshi’s is also be a great place to dine. Executive Chef Kamio oversees the menus at both San Francisco and Oakland Yoshi’s, so you can have a fabulous meal while listening to world-class jazz in a super chic club.

Velma’s

29 Dedman Ct.
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 824-7646

Home of the Sunday Blues ‘N’ Jazz Club, Velma’s is a place where everyone can kick back and enjoy cultural music, musicians and music history. Velma’s is also a place where the South-Eastern portion of San Francisco can meet and network in a safe and pleasant atmosphere. Velma’s provides the community with a place to enjoy the best of local African-American Musicians, including national and international acts. Velma’s considers it her responsibility to preserve and pass on cultural music to future generations. Velma’s is truly a neighborhood blues club, where everyone is welcome to get down.

The Saloon

1232 Grant Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 989-7666

There can be little doubt that The Saloon in North Beach is one of the top blues bars in the City. Make that the state. Make that the world. Make the scene with music every night with two bands on Fridays and weekends. The talent runs the gamut from raw to top-notch, always spontaneous, always lively. The Saloon is the oldest bar in San Francisco and boasts the best of the blues in the Bay Area, not only in terms of the incredibly good music with almost unbelievably small crowds of a mid-week evening, but because of the impressive array of CDs recorded on the premises and released by proprietor Myron Mu. And for between sets, this place has about the best jukebox anywhere.

Boom Boom Room

1601 Fillmore St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 673-8000

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s old Fillmore district, the Club is a sultry, down-home Juke Joint providing cocktails, dancing, live blues, boogie, groove & soul music six nights a week. If you love live-music and dancing, you’ve gotta come party at the Boom Boom Room. This Fillmore spot is one of the hippest, low-light, “straight-up funky” clubs on the West coast.

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