In a city that prides itself on its eclectic and vast music scene, it’s not surprising to find that the selection of jazz clubs in San Francisco is quite extensive. Nothing screams date night like a few craft cocktails and live jazz music. Whether you’re looking for a casual weeknight spot or a more upscale setting, San Francisco offers options everywhere on the spectrum. Here are some of our favorite jazz clubs and their surrounding establishments.
Nestled between Hayes Valley and Market Street, Mr. Tipple’s is a true hidden gem. The place is tucked away on the corner of Fell Street and Market, almost missable if not for the security guard sitting outside. The interior is equally subtle, dimly lit and just quiet enough for conversation. There’s no cover required to listen to live jazz bands play every night of the week, starting around 6PM. Mr. Tipple’s shares a wall with Hazel Southern Bar & Kitchen, which offers southern comfort bites that complement the intimate, cozy atmosphere. The selection of craft cocktails with these other elements make this elegant hideaway the perfect date spot.
During San Francisco’s shelter-in-place orders, Mr Tipple’s has been keeping live music alive by streaming on Facebook. And if you’re craving a cocktail to go with the livestream, Mr Tipple’s is open for cocktail delivery Tuesday – Sunday 4:30 – 8:30PM.
In the heart of San Francisco’s famous Haight Ashbury neighborhood is Club Deluxe, a New York City inspired jazz club that hosts live music every night of the week. The red lighting and occasional burlesque or comedy show make this venue a little more sultry and alluring than some of the other more traditional jazz clubs in San Francisco. In addition to jazz artists, Club Deluxe rotates through musicians who play blues, bossa nova, and even country music. If you’re looking for a jazz club that’s a little more low-key, bordering on divey, Club Deluxe is the spot.
For serious jazz enthusiasts, the SFJAZZ Center is known as one of the greatest jazz concert halls in the world. The Hayes Valley situated venue boasts an auditorium that holds 700 people, bringing in some of the biggest names in the jazz scene. Membership to the SFJAZZ Center allows one access to listening parties, exclusive concerts, jazz appreciation classes, and more. If you want to grab a bite to eat before or after the show, The B-Side Restaurant and Lounge inside the SFJAZZ Center offers exceptional food made from scratch and an enticing cocktail menu.