Fillmore Bars and Clubs
Designer boutiques, upscale storefronts, cafes and bakeries rule the street during the day along Fillmore Street, but at night the district comes alive with hip restaurants and stylish bars, especially in the area’s historic jazz district. Start at John Lee Hooker’s old juke joint, the Boom Boom Room, and head south toward the tour busses and lines of excitable concert-goers at The Fillmore concert hall. Yoshi’s is a hub for jazz and hip-hop, while Rasselas caters mostly to the R&B crowd. The Fillmore is also home to historically quirky restaurants like The Elite Café, a New Orleans-style eatery with arguably the best Bloody Mary in town.
Boom Boom Room
1601 Fillmore (at Geary), San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.673.8000
Despite San Francisco's predilection toward non-confrontational jazz over in-your-face blues, John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room is an unabashed purveyor of the latter, offering stiff drinks in an even stiffer neighborhood and a well-seasoned and world weary mix of local talent and touring headliners.
1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.346.6000
A famous and historic San Francisco concert venue, the Fillmore's auditorium stage has hosted music, from psychedelic to punk to rock, with a tub of green apples, vintage rock posters and a line up that includes some of the best and brightest music acts in the world.
Rasselas Jazz Club
1534 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.567.5010
Rasselas Jazz Club features live music on most nights, including a wide variety of genres like R&B, jazz, world music and funk. In addition to its busy performance calendar, Rasselas also offers patrons a full bar, dance floor and authentic Ethiopian cooking.
1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115; Tel. 415.655.5600
Starting out in Oakland, Yoshi’s arrived in San Francisco in 2007 and offers visitors a medley of upscale Japanese cuisine and top-notch musical performances. It’s a regular stop for national touring jazz, R&B and funk acts, and late-night hip hop performances are common.