Best New Venue - 2011
Half a year after Public Works opened, it feels strange that S.F. didn't always have this place. The combination of a nonprofit-friendly community space and art studio and gallery would be worthy enough, but Public Works boasts a Funktion One soundsystem and a two-story main room that make it among the city's top venues for live music of the electronic and dance varieties. In its short existence, Public Works has already hosted some of the hottest European Djs and American beatsmiths, including Dam-Funk, Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Harvey, and Madlib. It has also played home to a number of excellent local shows, including an ambitious live reimagining of the Pixies' album Doolittle. All this in a former warehouse in the middle of the Mission that boasts a Banksy on the wall outside and a raw, underground feel inside. What more could S.F. ask for in a new music venue?