982 Market Street
(between Fifth and Sixth streets)
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 775 7722
NileGuide Expert tip:
Playing at the Warfield always seems to amp a band's live show up a notch.
On busy Market Street, next door to the Crazy Horse strip club, is one of San Francisco's most venerable live music venues, The Warfield. The site of legendary performances by Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan, not to mention The Clash, U2, Slayer, and Nirvana, the 2,300 seat auditorium has the acoustics and intimacy of a small venue while packing them in for big name bands. Newly renovated after a change in management in 2008, the Warfield reopened in September 2010 under Goldenvoice/AEG management. The final concert under Bill Graham Presents management featured former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh (and Friends) jamming until 3:30 am.
The theater, first built in 1922 as a vaudeville theater, features fantastic Victorian/Edward architecture worth seeing in its own right.