Best Live Venue

Bottom of the Hill

From tiny hole-in-the-wall clubs to historic performing halls, San Francisco boasts one of the nation's best live music scenes. (Yeah, that's right, Bold Italic 2.0.) Within the cozy confines of Potrero Hill's Bottom of the Hill, you'll find cheap beer, tasty food, and a roster of up-and-coming artists and punk bands destined for stardom. If you glance at the past calendars that are plastered on the walls of this 250-person venue, you'll see that some of rock's biggest names (The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Limp Bizkit) played here during their halcyon days. There is an immediacy about Bottom of the Hill — that feeling of manic musical energy — that hits you right as you enter its doors, where you get a glimpse of a tiny stage and have a feeling that the future of rock 'n' roll could be unfolding in front of your eyes that night.

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