Great American Music Hall Details + Information

Voted #6 in the Best Clubs in America list by Rolling Stone magazine in 2013, San Francisco’s oldest and grandest nightclub, the Great American Music Hall carries guests back to an earlier, more elegant era, with its ornate balconies, soaring marble columns and elaborate ceiling frescoes. Long-time customers and newcomers alike feel at home in the 5,000-square-foot concert hall that symbolized renewal and optimism when it opened in 1907. Today, a professional sound and lighting system, two full bars, a modern kitchen and a spacious oak dance floor help to blend contemporary quality with turn-of-the-century graciousness.

The remarkable interior design came from an unlikely duo: a French architect who designed the building in 1907, and Chris Buckley, a political mover and shaker who wanted to erect a grand structure after the devastating 1906 earthquake. The result was Blanco’s, characterized as one of the most popular entertainment spots during San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast Era. The restaurant/bordello offered fine food, gambling and fast women right up until the dark days of the Great Depression in 1933.

Three years later, in 1936, the extravagant and elaborate fan dances of local favorite, Sally Rand, brought new life to the dark building. She called it the Music Box, and swanky city dwellers would dance the night away there for the next decade.

With the end of World War II, the Music Box turned out its lights. Blanco’s reopened in 1948 as a jazz club. In the 1950s, the premises were taken over by members of the Moose Lodge. The building went into an ignominious decline that hit bottom when the building was condemned by city building inspectors. A last-minute reprieve saved it from demolition, and the tarnished interior was revamped as a short-lived French restaurant named Charles (after the proprietor, Robert Charles). It was not until 1972, when the Great American Music Hall opened, that happy music lovers filled the hall once more.

Since then the Great American Music Hall has hosted artists ranging from Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie to Van Morrison, the Grateful Dead, Arcade Fire, Patti Smith and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Box Office + Ticketing

GAMH Box Office Hours:

Mon-Fri: 10:30am-6pm
1 hour before door time until around 10pm

General Info:

The GAMH Box Office is located near the entrance to the club on O'Farrell Street.
There is a $1.00 service fee for advance tickets.
Tickets can also be purchased online via our website or InTicketing for an additional service charge.
Fax orders can be processed Mon-Fri until 5pm by filling out this downloadable form and sending it to 415-885-5075
GAMH tickets may also be purchased at the Slim's Box Office.

Alternate Will Call Pick-up:

If you have tickets at will call, but need someone else to pick them up there is no need to call or contact us. Simply make a photocopy of your ID and write a note on it releasing your tickets into someone else's name. Include your full name and their full name. If your guest brings that with them, along with their own photo ID, they will be able to pick up your tickets.

Payment Types:

Cash / Visa / MasterCard

Booking + Private Events

General Inquiries



Dana Smith

Private Events

Shana Vanderweele Ortman
More info on Private Events

Production Contact:

Sean Stringfellow

Public Transportation

The closest BART station to GAMH is the Civic Center stop. It is approximately a 15 minute walk or you can take the MUNI #19 bus from the corner of Market St. and 8th St. up Larkin St. to O'Farrell (GAMH is located on O'Farrell between Larkin and Polk).

The last BART trains to the East Bay typically depart around 12:20am and the final Southbound trains around 1:00am.

There are also All Nighter bus routes available throughout the city and surrounding counties.


Validated parking facilities at the AMC Van Ness Theater garage on O'Farrell St. (between Van Ness and Polk). Limited street parking available in the vicinity.

Food + Drink

Meet the Chef

The Great American Music Hall was pleased to welcome Mike Werden as our new Executive Chef in January 2014. Although he earned a Business Degree from the University of North Carolina, Mike entered into the food world nearly 30 years ago and never looked back. Mike spent over a decade learning the ins and outs of Fine Dining while rising in the ranks at some of San Francisco’s most elite restaurants, including Vertigo (in the Transamerica Building), Café de Paris and the Waterfront Restaurant.

For the past 11 years, Mike was the Executive Chef at the Café Du Nord and Swedish American Hall, where his food got rave reviews from musicians and hungry fans alike at the historic music venue. While Mike ran the kitchen, Café Du Nord and the Swedish American Hall became well known as ideal venues for perfectly catered banquet events. Mike has catered hundreds of weddings and private events from intimate sit-downs to elaborate large dinners. Mike is thrilled to bring his love of local, seasonal, and handcrafted artisan food to the Great American Music Hall. He looks forward to crafting excellent, individualized menus for any occasion, from passed hor d’ oeuvres for a rock-n-roll holiday party to an extravagant 5-course plated wedding dinner.

Dinner Tickets

Ticket Price + $24.95

With a Dinner & Admission ticket you receive:

-Priority Admission
-Dinner Seating (Gen. Admission)
-3-Course Prix Fixe Dinner (salad, entree, dessert)

Dinner seating is reserved for the first 1 1/2 hours after doors for patrons with Dinner & Admission tickets, however, seating is still on a first come, first served basis, so you should plan to arrive early to pick the seat you want.


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