Voted #6 in the Best Clubs in America list by Rolling Stone magazine in 2013, San Francisco’s oldest and grandest nightclub, the Great American Music Hall carries guests back to an earlier, more elegant era, with its ornate balconies, soaring marble columns and elaborate ceiling frescoes. Long-time customers and newcomers alike feel at home in the 5,000-square-foot concert hall that symbolized renewal and optimism when it opened in 1907. Today, a professional sound and lighting system, two full bars, a modern kitchen and a spacious oak dance floor help to blend contemporary quality with turn-of-the-century graciousness.
The remarkable interior design came from an unlikely duo: a French architect who designed the building in 1907, and Chris Buckley, a political mover and shaker who wanted to erect a grand structure after the devastating 1906 earthquake. The result was Blanco’s, characterized as one of the most popular entertainment spots during San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast Era. The restaurant/bordello offered fine food, gambling and fast women right up until the dark days of the Great Depression in 1933.
Three years later, in 1936, the extravagant and elaborate fan dances of local favorite, Sally Rand, brought new life to the dark building. She called it the Music Box, and swanky city dwellers would dance the night away there for the next decade.
With the end of World War II, the Music Box turned out its lights. Blanco’s reopened in 1948 as a jazz club. In the 1950s, the premises were taken over by members of the Moose Lodge. The building went into an ignominious decline that hit bottom when the building was condemned by city building inspectors. A last-minute reprieve saved it from demolition, and the tarnished interior was revamped as a short-lived French restaurant named Charles (after the proprietor, Robert Charles). It was not until 1972, when the Great American Music Hall opened, that happy music lovers filled the hall once more.
Since then the Great American Music Hall has hosted artists ranging from Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie to Van Morrison, the Grateful Dead, Arcade Fire, Patti Smith and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
Great American Music Hall is all ages, 6 and up! We are also wheelchair accessible, please call with any questions concerning ADA accommodations.
Great American Music Hall
Box Office & Ticketing
GAMH Box Office Hours
The GAMH Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10:30AM - 6:00PM
1/2 hour before door time on show nights.
The GAMH Box Office is located near the entrance to the club on O'Farrell Street.
There is no service charge on tickets purchased at the box office.
Tickets can also be purchased online via our website or on Eventbrite (Slim's here, GAMH here) for an additional service charge.
GAMH tickets may also be purchased at the Slim's Box Office.
With Eventbrite, we offer a variety of different delivery options for tickets that are a little different than what you might be used to. All tickets are essentially digital - when you purchase online you will be emailed a PDF copy of your tickets and if you have an Eventbrite account under the same email address, the tickets will automatically be loaded into your app. You can print the PDF or just bring up the bar code on your smartphone at the door to be scanned. If you want someone else to use your tickets, you can either forward them the PDF or print it out and hand it to them. If you purchase tickets in person at our box office you will receive hard tickets in hand, but you also have the option to give your name and email, in which case you'll also receive the digital copy in your Eventbrite account and you can use either to gain access to the show. "Will Call" is no longer a delivery option (you'll always get a digital copy emailed to you when purchasing online), but you're welcome to come to the box office on the night of show with your photo ID if you'd like to have hard tickets printed for you.
Alternate Will Call Pick-up
If you have tickets purchased under your name, but need someone else to pick them up and are unable to forward them your PDF or hand them the hard tickets, there is no need to call or contact us. Simply make a photocopy of your ID and write a note on it releasing your tickets into someone else's name. Include your full name and their full name and sign it. If your guest brings that with them, along with their own photo ID, they will be able to pick up your tickets.
Payment Types for Tickets
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
The closest BART station to GAMH is the Civic Center stop. It is approximately a 15 minute walk or you can take the MUNI #19 bus from the corner of Market St. and 8th St. up Larkin St. to O'Farrell (GAMH is located on O'Farrell between Larkin and Polk).
The last BART trains to the East Bay typically depart around 12:20am and the final Southbound trains around 1:00am.
There are also All Nighter bus routes available throughout the city and surrounding counties.
Validated parking facilities at the AMC Van Ness Theater garage on O'Farrell St. (between Van Ness and Polk). Limited street parking available in the vicinity.
Food & Drink
Meet the Chef
The Great American Music Hall was pleased to welcome Mike Werden as our new Executive Chef in January 2014. Although he earned a Business Degree from the University of North Carolina, Mike entered into the food world nearly 30 years ago and never looked back. Mike spent over a decade learning the ins and outs of Fine Dining while rising in the ranks at some of San Francisco’s most elite restaurants, including Vertigo (in the Transamerica Building), Café de Paris and the Waterfront Restaurant.
For the past 11 years, Mike was the Executive Chef at the Café Du Nord and Swedish American Hall, where his food got rave reviews from musicians and hungry fans alike at the historic music venue. While Mike ran the kitchen, Café Du Nord and the Swedish American Hall became well known as ideal venues for perfectly catered banquet events. Mike has catered hundreds of weddings and private events from intimate sit-downs to elaborate large dinners. Mike is thrilled to bring his love of local, seasonal, and handcrafted artisan food to the Great American Music Hall. He looks forward to crafting excellent, individualized menus for any occasion, from passed hor d’ oeuvres for a rock-n-roll holiday party to an extravagant 5-course plated wedding dinner.
Ticket Price + $24.95
With a Dinner & Admission ticket you receive:
-Dinner Seating (Gen. Admission)
-3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner (salad, entree, dessert)
Dinner seating is reserved for the first 1 1/2 hours after doors for patrons with Dinner & Admission tickets, however, seating is still on a first come, first served basis, so you should plan to arrive early to pick the seat you want.
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