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Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

Concert Hall, Performing Arts Venue, and Music Venue
Civic Center, San Francisco
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  • San Francisco Symphony
    "when intermission"(10 Tips)
    San Francisco Symphony
    "New to classical music, or interested in the music of one favorite..."(2 Tips)
    San Francisco Symphony
    "SF Symphony store for a good selection"(2 Tips)
    San Francisco Symphony
    "Davies After Hours is part performance, part after-party."(2 Tips)
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  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    Will you please, at the very least, wear a nice pair of pants, dress shoes, and a button-up shirt, for F** sake, when going to the symphony. It's bad enough we see tank tops and shorts at the Orpheum. Read more
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Shop the SF Symphony store for a good selection of music, books, gifts and special items you won't find anywhere else. Plus, the complete SF Symphony Mahler cycle is available here. Now open M-F 11-4. Read more
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Ever wonder what those seats facing the conductor are like? Easy enough to check 'em out - they're only $15 and available for most concerts (if it's a choral work, the chorus uses the terrace).
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Take a tour of the hall. Tours are offered for $5 every Monday (except holidays), every hour on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just $3 for seniors & students. Call 415-552-8338.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LimonOctober 25, 2009
    order your drinks for intermission BEFORE the concert starts, and they'll be waiting for you at a table. Then you can people watch to your heart's content.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Joe G.
    Joe GratzApril 27, 2010
    Afterward, go to doors at either end of lobby and take the stairs. It's not fancy, but metal evacuation stairs are the fastest way out to Grove or Van Ness. (It's fully allowed.)
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Jessie K.
    Jessie KaiserApril 27, 2013
    Terrace seats are great for programs that don't feature soloists. Otherwise, sit in the main theater, as you won't be able to hear the solo.
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Get a group of friends or colleagues together and go hear a San Francisco Symphony concert. Groups of 10 or more get 20% off the single ticket price. Call 415-503-5311. Read more
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Volunteer! The Symphony is always seeking enthusiastic volunteers, and it's a great group of people. Call 415-503-5500 and tell 'em you're interested.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SApril 11, 2011
    Go for tickets in the second tier. They are great seats and it's a heck of a stair work out to get all the way up there.
  • San Francisco Symphony
    New to classical music, or interested in the music of one favorite composer? Try the Summer & the Symphony series, with programs on Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and the Russians. Read more
  • Bill D.
    Bill DMarch 11
    You can pre-order drinks (before the performance) at the 1st and 2nd tier bar so they'll be waiting at a table for you during intermission.
  • jeannette g.
    Don't miss the Symphony Store located above the box office for CDs, DVDs and fun, quality unique music related gifts.
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Davies After Hours is part performance, part after-party. After certain concerts, musicians play in a nightclub-style setting. Free to ticketholders. Read more
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Order a yummy cocktail at the bar just before the concert starts, and the bartender will have it ready for you when intermission starts.
  • Abby C.
    Abby CJuly 1, 2015
    Beautiful venue. Saw Fidelio here and it was very nice. Even the cheapest seats had a good view.
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganNovember 18, 2011
    During intermission, check out the balcony on the top floor. Gorgeous view up & down Van Ness Ave at night.
  • Wilson F.
    Excellent acoustics in lovely concert hall. Truly a joy for classical music lovers.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongSeptember 22, 2013
    One of the best venues here in San Francisco when you're looking for a place to enjoy classical symphonic music
  • San Francisco Symphony
    San Francisco SymphonyDecember 3, 2009
    Avoid the traffic, tolls, and the $$ parking garage fees - take BART to Civic Center station and walk four blocks west to the hall. You'll arrive in a better mood.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoJune 13, 2011
    Don't sit on the top floor if you're afraid of heights...it may make you feel a tad dizzy/queasy.
  • Michæl B.
    Saw ET here with live soundtrack. Try catch one of there movie series. Well worth it
  • Gerard R.
    Gerard ReyesDecember 1, 2014
    Wear semi/formal/casual but breathable clothing, as it may get relatively warm inside.
  • Young S.
    Young S.April 3, 2014
    Two cocktails and a bottle of water was 30 bucks. Go to the bars in the neighborhood before.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussJuly 29, 2015
    Look for parking on the street first before paying. Often there are spots in this neighborhood at night.
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Free Sennheiser listening devices are available for the hearing-impaired, free of charge (at the coat check room).
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Paul d.
    Amazing production of On The Town, but avoid the house wine at all costs.
    Upvoted Jun 9
  • San Francisco Symphony
    You can hear one of the most accomplished youth orchestras in the world right here - the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Read more
  • Leanne W.
    Leanne WaldalNovember 29, 2012
    the bathrooms on lower floor near Hayes/VanNess are rarely crowded
  • Emily L.
    Emily LimonOctober 21, 2011
    $15 tickets in the center terrace for most concerts! Bargain!
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • San Francisco Symphony
    Rush tickets ($20) are available for some concerts. Call the hotline number: 415-503-5577
  • Jason S.
    Jason SuMay 22, 2011
    Beautiful venue and a great place for a reception afterwards.
  • Tim C.
    Tim CarlessMarch 15, 2012
    Following select concerts, stick around for Davies After Hours and enjoy a cocktail more good music
  • Amy B.
    Amy BFebruary 6
    Every seat is a great seat. Only bummer is nothing but water allowed at your seat.
  • Simone D.
    Simone DavalosJuly 31, 2013
    Order your drinks before the concert starts. Or, book to the bar once the lights come up at intermission.
  • Damon G.
    Damon GrantDecember 19, 2013
    Probably the best seatingnof any "theatre" in San Francisco.
  • Kylie F.
    Kylie FDecember 9, 2014
    The symphony with Disney. Sadly dissapointing. More like a kids pantomime
  • San Francisco Symphony
    San Francisco SymphonyAugust 12, 2014
    Pre-order food & beverage online for pre-show or intermission! http://bit.ly/SquareAtDavies
  • Gunz
    GunzSeptember 29, 2014
    Be sure to order your intermission drinks at the bar before the show.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LancasterOctober 6, 2012
    Loge seats are fantastic! Grab a pre-symphony @ Absinthe.
  • Angelina C.
    Angelina CJanuary 19, 2013
    Ticket sale for winter concerts starting at just $20. Offer is through Jan 24th.
  • Keenan P.
    Keenan PattersonDecember 1, 2015
    You can have drinks waiting for you for intermission. This is amazing.
  • Bernard
    BernardJuly 13, 2009
    Check out the balcony on the top floor, it's a great view
  • Masahito K.
    Masahito KagawaNovember 21, 2011
    "Sing Out!, Davies", it's really nice event. Will join next time again.
  • Kirby L.
    Kirby LJanuary 27, 2010
    Try the Yo-Yo Ma. It's seasonal, but very nice
  • Andrey K.
    Andrey KlenDecember 13, 2014
    Home Alone with orchestra is fantastic
  • A C.
    A CCMay 22
    Acoustics; the view outside during intermission
  • John K.
    John KieserNovember 1, 2013
    You can pre-order your intermission drink before the show.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MinorSeptember 27, 2011
    Best seating in the orchestra -- anywhere in the orchestra. Read more
  • Robin S.
    Robin SimpsonSeptember 4, 2013
    Go to opening night and stay for the after party!
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