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The Fillmore

The Fillmore

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Concert Hall
Fillmore District, San Francisco
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  • Roy S.
    Roy ScopazziSeptember 12, 2014
    One of the greatest venues in San Francisco. A must if you're visiting. See the giant poster room, grab a free apple, and grab a poster on the way out if the show sells out. Always a treat.
  • Jared Z.
    Jared ZimmermanDecember 5, 2011
    So close to Japan town you should really grab a bite there, so much food within walking distance and easy to get to and from via public transport. Make sure you grab an apple on your way in…and out.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FlemingNovember 2, 2011
    Love The Fillmore it's legendary...last person I saw there was Karl Denson, it is one of my fave places to hear music, I have seen Prince, George Clinton and many more play there, it is special.
  • Ian W.
    Ian WalterOctober 14, 2014
    Most legendary music venue in SF. Great sound, not overly crowded even when sold out. Go early and check out the posters from all of the shows over the years in the bar room upstairs.
  • Taylor T.
    Taylor TanOctober 31, 2010
    Go to a concert that sells out a few days in advance and you usually get a free poster on your way out. Plus, take a look at the posters and realize how many musical gods have graced the auditorium...
  • SFist
    SFistAugust 3, 2014
    The Grateful Dead. James Brown. Jefferson Airplane. Prince. The Cure. The Smashing Pumpkins. Radiohead. They have all graced this stage along with hundreds of other performers great and unknown. Read more
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BuadaFebruary 23, 2010
    Been here plenty of times. Line starts where the Post Office doors are. 38 MUNI stops in front of the Post Office as well. At the end of some shows, they give you a free poster which is awesome :)
  • Shane T.
    Shane TobinApril 9, 2011
    To get a poster you have to stay until the show is over. Make sure you grab one. Also take time to get to the venue early so you can views all the old posters upstairs. Well worth your time!
  • Brodie O.
    Brodie OlmsteadJuly 24, 2015
    Free apples, free posters, awesome shows. Hard to find a bad view. Check out the posters upstairs and stop by the bar while you're up there!
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussJune 8, 2015
    The best venue in San Francisco? Also don't forget to grab an apple -- they are always free and usually stupendous. Don't know where they get them.
  • DaShon M.
    First Time Here And It Was For A Yung Lean Concert! 📢📢📢📢📢Such A Sick Venue, And I Also Enjoyed The Photo Art Around The Hallway Area! 🖼
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 16, 2010
    The Black Crowes are having their final show ever on Sunday Dec. 19. Promising an “indefinite hiatus”, only time will tell if they take the stage again. Don't miss it ($60; 8 PM). Read more
  • S Y.
    S YMay 4, 2011
    The greeter's name is Tim (the guy in the cowboy attire). Sometimes the apple barrel is removed at the band's request. Free posters are handed out to concertgoers after *most* sold out shows.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 17, 2015
    Beach House is taking a three night residency at the Filmore for concerts in support of their latest album "Thank Your Lucky Stars". Grab tickets before they quickly sell out! Read more
  • Mitsuo Y.
    Mitsuo YoshikiAugust 26, 2011
    Great hospitality. A place full of history. If you are here to perform, check out and talk to Mary, the monitor engineer. Great job by all the staff.
  • Donald W.
    Donald WilsonJanuary 26, 2012
    I have seen so many shows here that I don't even know where to begin. Just come here if you can. I always have a great time (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Remezcla
    RemezclaJanuary 25, 2015
    The Zap Mama/Antibalas tour heads to San Francisco on February 20 with Afropop all-female-troupe group, Zap Mama, and afrobeat big band, Antibalas for a special collaborative concert at the Fillmore. Read more
  • Bill W.
    Bill WoodworthFebruary 17, 2013
    The jerk roaming around the entrance near the box office will do everything possible to antagonize and ruin your night before you even get inside. Total disgrace to such a historic music venue.
  • Thriving Ivory
    Thriving IvoryApril 30, 2009
    An awesome historic venue we're about to headline for the 1st time. It has beautiful chandeliers & band posters from over the years. We're excited to play for our home crowd!
  • Jamie
    JamieOctober 21, 2012
    ladies: bring an extra hair tie - if your show's sold out, you can use it to get that free poster home safe! fellas: i dunno... make sure you grab an apple or something.
  • IFC
    IFCJuly 6, 2010
    SF: Be sure to grab a free apple and free concert poster at SF's most historic (and hospitable) live music venue. -IFC Staff
  • Ray H.
    Ray HartjenMarch 16, 2015
    Historic music venue. All shows are good because it's the FILLMORE! Catch a drink in the Poster room upstairs.
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    I love the chandeliers, the history, even the sticky floors help add atmosphere. Fun place to see shows.
  • Matt C.
    Matt ClineDecember 14, 2014
    Take your time, breathe it in. Cooler people than you have spent time here. Your ego is worthless.
  • gail.
    gail.November 12, 2014
    The poster room has a great vantage point & is a fun place to hang out during opening bands that you're not that into.
  • ChaunceyCC
    ChaunceyCCMay 12, 2011
    The bar is cash only (or was last night anyways) so be sure and bring some loot or you'll be forced to wait in the mile long ATM line.
  • erinsauce
    erinsauceJune 3, 2015
    If you want your souvenir poster, you'll have to wait until the very end of the show. It's worth it, as they're often beautifully designed.
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranAugust 7, 2014
    The apples are delicious! Also love their tradition of handing out posters after the show.
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobNovember 28, 2011
    When The Fillmore re-opened on April 27, 1994, it was The Smashing Pumpkins playing an unannounced surprise show that filled the venue with music once again.
  • Erin L.
    Erin LeonardNovember 4, 2009
    Go to The Fillmore and see a great show. Make sure to bring some $ for beer, a cocktail, or some bar food upstairs!
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviJuly 13
    Love this historic joint. And free posters after each show! and earplugs! 👂 and apples!
  • Nnenniqua
    NnenniquaAugust 7, 2014
    One of my favorite music venues! Access to huge, delicious, red apples is a definite plus 😋🍎
  • Jennifer N.
    Really nice staff who helped me get access to the elevators because of my leg
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranJuly 18, 2015
    Best music venue in SF! Be sure to check out the poster collection upstairs.
  • Aneilia M.
    Aneilia McDermottOctober 7, 2014
    Now there are tables around the floor?! Get there early and enjoy a pre-show cocktail
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KarleMarch 5, 2014
    Amazing space and fun atmosphere. Easy to get to the front of the stage!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SalinasAugust 15, 2011
    Make sure you go upstairs to see all the posters, and grab a free apple on your way in.
  • Anton S.
    Anton Sokolov1 week ago
    My favorite place for gigs in SF. Nice sound (better than Great American Music hall)
  • squeasel
    squeaselJanuary 2, 2015
    I love the Willie Nelson painting/sculpture over the fireplace, complete with a string of red xmas lights instead of fire!
  • April V.
    April Vee DubJuly 1, 2010
    The staff had an absurd dedication to keeping the bar and walkways clear. You WILL break their rules without know it. Prepare to be hustled rudely out of the way.
  • Lydia K.
    Lydia KMarch 2
    Watch out if you got your tickets emailed. Bouncers might lie about you needing to stand in line, and be super rude when you're angry about having to stand at the back of the line again.
  • VH1
    VH1July 22, 2010
    Visit the Poster Room upstairs for a visual history lesson of artists who have played The Fillmore. – Team Live Nation
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MorelandApril 26, 2015
    Cool atmosphere! Fun concert venue.
  • ǝʌǝʇs  ʞ.
    ǝʌǝʇs  ʞɐıuzoʍSeptember 3, 2012
    Shop at Safeway and leave obvious Safeway bags in your car so it doesn't get towed.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanSeptember 20, 2014
    An easier path to the front? Head to the right on the opposite side from the bar.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 30, 2012
    Don’t leave without checking out the upstairs Poster Room—with psychedelic vintage poster art—and without grabbing a free apple.
  • Cory G.
    Cory GowanMay 8, 2010
    Ask for a large beer. It won't save you any $$, but it will save you trips to the bar.
  • Scottie M.
    Scottie MilagroNovember 17, 2014
    Get as close to the stage as possible or you'll have some trouble seeing the band
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LiaoMarch 26, 2009
    Go and catch a sold out show. Say "hi" to the greeter, grab a fresh apple, and receive your free limited edition poster on the way out.
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaOctober 27, 2014
    Stay for the music and leave with a free poster.
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