Spotlight On San Francisco’s Bottom Of The Hill

Photo of Aimee Rose
11 December 2015

The bottom of Potrero Hill holds a beloved music venue, Bottom of the Hill. The Bottom holds a cozy interior, friendly bartenders, little back patio, and the best bands out there. Plus, it’s the best place to hear live music in San Francisco!

Bottom of the Hill | © Kai Baines

The beloved music venue, bar, restaurant, and nightclub, Bottom of the Hill, sits where the four corners of Mission Bay, Design District, Dogpatch, and Potrero Hill meet. Aptly named, the venue is right at the bottom of Potrero Hill and has been chosen by Rolling Stone magazine as the ‘best place to hear live music in San Francisco.’ In addition to the cozy interior, friendly bartenders, and little back patio, you can also catch all of the best bands, who highlight a wide range of genres, playing here.

The Bottom is known for hosting big bands before they became big bands. They have hosted everyone from Blink 182 and Green Day to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Strokes. If you check out their current calendar, you can see that they now have shows almost every single night, and they are usually booked up seven nights a week. Some upcoming shows you can look out for are Bowling for Soup, Seoul, Wheeland Brothers, The Maine, and many more. Most shows are for all ages, but if you check their website’s calendar page, it will tell if the show is 21+. And the best news? Tickets are extremely cheap, ranging from $8 to $25, and if you purchase in advance, it is often cheaper than buying at the door. You can buy tickets online for an assured ticket, or you can take your chance and buy at the door if the website has not indicated your show is sold out. Please note that all sales are final plus non-refundable. The bar is also cash only, but for your convenience, there is an ATM in the front of the room!

The Tragic Thrills | © Aimee Rose

The Bottom has street parking outside, but it is highly recommended to take an Uber or Lyft. You can also easily reach the venue by public transport — get off at the 16th St/Mission BART station and take the #22 FILLMORE east down to 17th and Connecticut, which is one block away from the club. It’s also close to the 22nd Street Caltrain station.

The music is blaring at all times — sounds that you can feel throughout your body, leaving your ears ringing for hours. And isn’t that a music lover’s favorite feeling? If you want to check out the next big indie band or a group that is just getting their break, come to the Bottom. Good vibes, good drinks, and even better bands are being served here.

Bottom of the Hill | © Kai Baines

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