Love this place for catching small shows. It's very small and cozy. We also hosted a friend's engagement party here and it was amazing.
You can rent the space out on nights they aren't booked for a show for much less than you would pay if you were, say, trying to buy the place out in lieu of a concert. You just have to wait for the next months' calendar to come out and then pick a date they would normally be closed. This calls for super fast party planning, but it's worth it.
Small SF staple of a place to see bands. Very loud. Serve food and have a smoking area in the back. Cash only. ATM next to the front door.
Fine ales, excellent acts, low cover charge. Nice backyard patio zone. Wonderful punk rock crowd.
Love this venue... Sort of like if the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA and the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Hollywood,CA had a baby and sent it to live amongst the hippies of San Francisco. In your face intimacy (seriously it is house party close), an outdoors area, and a wicked upstairs "backstage" that I choose to remain mum on.
Good bands usually play here. If you traveling without a car, it might be a problem to walk here from 22nd street Caltrain station: the place is on the bottom of the hill, but you have to walk on the top of the hill before :).