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Bottom of the Hill

Bottom of the Hill

Rock Club, Music Venue, and Concert Hall
Potrero Hill, San Francisco
  • The experts at SF Weekly and SFist recommend this place
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    • SFist
  • Brodie O.
    "Hands down one of the best venues for an intimate show."(4 Tips)
    Chris W.
    "Easy to find free street parking nearby."(2 Tips)
    Toby C.
    "la la love the patio here"(8 Tips)
    Mikey D.
    "Great San Francisco venue with plenty of beers on tap"(5 Tips)
76 Tips and reviews
  • outdoor seating
  • intimate show
  • beer
  • polish dogs
  • whiskey
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  • Brodie O.
    Brodie OlmsteadApril 9
    Been here 10+ times
    Hands down one of the best venues for an intimate show. You're more than likely to meet the band after the show. Full bar, courtyard for smokes. Cash only, but ATM on-site.
  • Sharon
    SharonAugust 6, 2014
    Tiny venue, cash bar, very intimate. The back patio is a nice touch. Stage is a little too high for my liking, but it's a dive venue that excels at being just that.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 11, 2012
    A trip to Bottom of the Hill is a must, but be wary of the location. Cars frequently get broken into outside the club, so don’t leave anything valuable in plain sight. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    It's the place where your friend's band always plays and even though you go to all of their shows, he'll be pissed if you miss even one, so you totally know the routine by now. Read more
  • Ray H.
    Ray HartjenNovember 28, 2014
    Great place for live music. Instead of sitting on your couch, drop by for a visit. Cover is cheap, bar is reasonable and acts appear from all over.
  • Roy S.
    Roy ScopazziSeptember 12, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great small place where some of the best bands played before they got big. Great food, nice outdoor space in back, easy parking, and friendly staff.
  • Bloomingdale's
    Bloomingdale'sAugust 18, 2010
    Out-of-the-way, but easy to find – just look for the off-kilter neon sign attached to the blue wood-framed house. Inside is crammed with fans feasting on the up-and-coming bands, 7 nights a week.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussDecember 14, 2015
    A dying breed! A great place to go see three unknown but pretty good rock n'roll bands and a great place to earn a brutal hangover.
  • Laurence B.
    Laurence BerlandJune 25, 2016
    Friendly venue for good smaller shows. Nice back patio for smoking, water pitchers and cups on the corner of the bar, intimate setting.
  • Thrillcall
    ThrillcallAugust 6, 2011
    Don't miss the openers. Bottom of the Hill is legendary for launching music careers! Seriously, their list of past shows is a who's-who in music today:
  • Corie S.
    Corie SchwabenlandApril 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tofu tacos are to die for! Actual best in the city (surprising for a venue like this, yes, but nonetheless true!)
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST ROCK CLUBAsk bands from around the world what venue they're most excited to play — in any city — chances are you'll hear Bottom of the Hill… Read more
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 26, 2012
    A great place like this is something you wouldn't find in Potrero hill normally. Can easily be over looked (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 18, 2010
    Featuring up and coming acts from around the globe as well as in our own backyard, the music spans the spectrum from alternative, rock-a-billy, punk, and hard rock, to folk and funk and pop.
  • Jared Z.
    Jared ZimmermanAugust 23, 2011
    This place is a little out of the way, and it sucks trying to catch a cab after the show (ride your bike!), but you're unlikely to get any closer to your favorite band.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 17, 2010
    The in-house café, The Kitchen, is open until midnight and serves some of the best, most reasonably priced bar fare in the city for less than $5.
  • Lori K.
    Lori KoberMay 7, 2014
    If you haven't experienced a KC Turner Presents Open Mic you haven't experienced the SF music scene .. Just sayin
  • Jamie
    JamieFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    see your faves before they blow up & pack the big, snooty venues, hang out back, check out the wall of calendars past + all the old noise pop posters, order a whiskey & tip those beautiful bartenders!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SalinasAugust 15, 2011
    See up and comers in this fun little club. Bonus points for the ample amount of free parking in the nearby area.
  • Mariah M.
    Mariah MJanuary 3, 2015
    free parking around. unbartable venue since shows start so late. and they usually sell out shows so preorder preorder preorder!!!
  • Mikey D.
    Mikey D-TDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great San Francisco venue with plenty of beers on tap and a friendly staff!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenDecember 22, 2014
    Intimate venue with decent sound quality. Easy to find free street parking nearby.
  • Edison C.
    Edison CruzMarch 1, 2014
    The food grill is pretty sweet if you need a snack to soak up the beer you'll drink during a show.
  • Ian W.
    Ian WalterMay 10, 2015
    Awesome small venue. Bring a jacket, seriously gets cold inside sometimes.
  • awfy
    awfySeptember 7, 2015
    Crazy cheap drinks, you'll get more than you bargained for.
  • Andy S.
    Andy SmythJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They serve food! I always get the Polish dog. Bonus points for them serving Hummus.
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestOctober 19, 2011
    Top sf venue for emerging bands. Patio area is nice to hang out around between sets!
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 22, 2010
    Friday: Stone Foxes -- Think drinking beer on the porch with your best buddies blues, not chasing devil-hearted women ($12, 10 p.m). Read more
  • Mick Management
    Mick ManagementJanuary 31, 2012
    Be sure to check out Brooklyn punk band Mr. Dream here on March 3, 2012. You wont regret it.
  • Vova O.
    Vova OmelchenkoJanuary 31, 2016
    Atmosphere is good. Hard to understand the lyrics. But the sound is ok:)
  • Marcus N.
    Marcus NuccioAugust 14, 2015
    Such a great venue with awesome indie history.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MartinAugust 29, 2016
    Great music, great price, great place! Long live Bottom of the Hill!
  • Horia D.
    Horia DragomirFebruary 9, 2016
    You'll definitely have an intimate show here
  • Grant G.
    Grant GranadoJanuary 14, 2015
    Great sound. Try the mac and cheese
  • Jason M.
    Jason MartinAugust 29, 2016
    Great music, great price, great place!
  • Angela O.
    Angela OnestaraloneDecember 12, 2010
    Hospitality is awesome here!! All the food is yummy here!!
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BaldridgeJuly 22, 2010
    Best place to get crowd surfed! The moshers'll take care of you. Haha
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly ArgunaSeptember 12, 2013
    Big venue & a lot of street parking!
  • Vynce M.
    Vynce MontgomeryOctober 9, 2009
    See three bands you've never seen before and love every one of them. Tell 'em Red Hot said to order the Hot Rod.
  • Rachel R.
    If you want to rock out, this is the place!
  • Leanne V.
    Leanne VanderbylJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Parking's a breeze. Taxis are hard to come by. Drive if you can.
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaApril 23, 2015
    Acoustics can be messy.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome venue, even if it feels like a journey to get there. Read more
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RodriguezSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Very Fun Venue!
  • Jenn
    JennMay 16, 2013
    Do your future self a favor and bring earplugs.
  • Eray O.
    Eray OzkuralMay 1, 2016
    nice bar and music's good!
  • HowAboutWe
    HowAboutWeApril 18, 2011
    The place to see great bands for cheap in a small space.
  • Jonathan V.
    Jonathan VoytoskiMay 23, 2013
    Cash only bar. Come prepared.
  • Kim L.
    Kim LeOctober 23, 2009
    Grilled ham and brie sandwich with a beer. And live music. You will not be disappointed.
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PlemmonsMarch 30, 2015
    Dig the unexpected outdoor seating.
  • Jill O.
    Jill OanaApril 19, 2010
    This venue is filled with ecclectic bands - live, raw, loud and as if you are in someone's garage. Read more
  • daniel s.
    daniel stokesMay 31, 2010
    Come early the first band might surprise you!
  • Austin S.
    Austin SmithFebruary 6, 2013
    Secret rooftop hot tub is cool, but it seemed kind of dirty. :-/
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CollinsMarch 24, 2014
    Great drinks!
  • Melissa O.
    Melissa OlsonSeptember 18, 2012
    Cash only bar.
  • Seth B.
    Seth BensonSeptember 26, 2013
    Lived above here.
  • Trevor M.
    Trevor McBrideMay 4, 2014
  • Helen P.
    Helen PappasMarch 15, 2013
    Lucas merch man
  • SF Intercom -.
    SF Intercom - StefanJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer is not cheap!!!
  • Janel W.
    Janel WilseySeptember 20, 2015
    They have stongbow
  • Kari C.
    Kari CanslerFebruary 1, 2010
    The best place to see shows in the city.
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel OwenFebruary 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go out and hear live music! Who cares who is playing, you just might be surprised!
  • Scott S.
    Scott SimonsSeptember 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Does not take cc - cash only
  • Phill J.
    Phill JSeptember 1, 2013
    Major Powers and the low fi's
  • Devan L.
    Devan LaneMay 28, 2010
    Hang out in the patio behind the stage between sets.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HisakaFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This is the bar where the hottest guys in the city go. Yow Yow!
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.September 28, 2011
    la la love the patio here
  • Thriving Ivory
    Thriving IvoryApril 30, 2009
    Cuz Ramona & co. rock. (Note: she's the longtime owner/booker there and has been great to us. This is where we showcased for Wind-up)
  • Anne-Michelle F.
    Cash only, did you hear?
  • Jennifer Holly W.
    Jennifer Holly WoodMarch 27, 2011
    Be careful. No ins OR outs here. I got in okay, but I'm fearful of how or if I'll get out.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KingslandOctober 18, 2011
    watch bands
  • Jana H.
    Jana HeflinJanuary 27, 2012
    Mosh pits are gay.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LallyDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Bands - don't smoke weed in the dressing room.
  • Ross F.
    Ross FubiniDecember 17, 2009
    Best Band Here (BBH): Decemberists
  • Aaron H.
    Aaron HardistyJanuary 6, 2010
    Saw Rural Alberta Advantage
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BrownNovember 11, 2009
    don't be an idiot. pre order your tickets!
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