One of San Francisco's premier concert venues, The Independent is an intimate 21-and-over club that hosts emerging musicians as well as the occasional big-name performer who drops by to enjoy connecting with the crowd. Known for its state-of-the-art lighting and acoustics, excellent sight lines and friendly staff, The Independent hosts about 275 shows a year. A popular site drawing music lovers for more than five decades, it went through quite a few changes of name and ownership before reopening in 2004 in its current form. It was previously a bar; a jazz club where Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk played; a club that hosted Nirvana, Jane's Addiction and The Flaming Lips; and a hip-hop venue, among other incarnations. Since The Independent presents an eclectic mix of genres, including indie rock, comedy, hip-hop and EDM, the crowd can be unique for every show. The current slate of performers includes The Barr Brothers, The Wild Reeds and Jesse Rutherford. Grab tickets to see your favorite Independent events at StubHub.
What is The Independent's seating capacity?
The club holds about 500 guests, but it's a standing-room-only venue with only a few seats available on a first-come, first served basis.
What accommodations does the venue make for the disabled?
Specialty seating for patrons with disabilities can be arranged by calling ahead. Space can also be reserved for wheelchair accessibility. ADA restrooms are available.
Can I check my coat or bag at The Independent?
Yes. The Independent offers coat and bag checks for a small fee.
What food and drinks are available at the venue?
The Independent has a full bar, but there is no food. Nearby eateries include Saffron Grill, with freshly made Indian curries; People's Bistro, offering Asian Fusion cuisine; Zaytoon Mediterranean, serving hummus, falafel and baba ghanoush; and Che Fico, an upscale Italian restaurant with an adjacent wine bar and grocery.
Besides dining, what is there to see and do near The Independent?
If you're visiting for the day, you can stroll through nearby Alamo Square, a neighborhood known for its colorful Victorian and Edwardian homes called "painted ladies," or take an LGBTQ walking tour of the iconic Castro district. If you're looking for a fun way to get some exercise, Urban Trails offers a mountain biking experience right in the city.
Does the Independent take any green initiatives?
The Independent actively practices sustainability and reducing carbon footprints. In 2009, the San Francisco Small Business Program nominated the club as one of the best small green businesses. The Independent's goals focus on waste diversion, conservation, and education and outreach, with the goal of becoming the first green rock venue certified by the San Francisco Green Business Program.Back to Top