What is this place?
Amnesia is a cozy, red-lit music & beer hall in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, but that’s the simple description.
As we sail on into 2016 and beyond, Amnesia remains a one-of-a-kind kind of place for live music & craft beer, located in San Francisco, CA. We’re new owners, but kindred spirits who care deeply about the integrity of our local community. After a short renovation period to replace pipes, bathroom appliances, speakers, lights & paint, Amnesia’s reopened with the same soul, just rejuvenated – like a pet cat that was forced to take a bath…now it’s time to get back outside and play.
What happens in here?
16 years running, this is still the little neighborhood music bar that could. We host great live entertainment every night of the week, from bluegrass to bossa nova, and serve the best craft beers in the country. With a focus on the best local musical talent, and West coast craft beer & wine, every night has something amazing, shocking, or inspiring going on, whether playing on the stage or pouring from the taps. We do host a few nights that have stood the test of time and become staples in this fair city:
Monday night is our Bluegrass night, where you can kick up yer boots and get rowdy to some hillbilly sounds from local and nationally touring bands. We have been a hub for Bay Area bluegrass bands for 13 years running and have been lucky enough to have bluegrass greats such as The Dillards, Del McCoury, Butch Waller, and David Grisman pass through our doors. (okay, so Del didn’t actually play, but he did have a good time).
Wednesdays is our Jazz night. Starting off with our house band, the Amnesiacs, a trip through the American standard bluesy byways blends into the headliner, Gaucho, where you will be transported to a 1930s parisian cafe minus the accents and cigarette smoke. Bodies will be twirling, feet will be tapping, drinks will be had, you will probably smile. After Gaucho steps off the stage, the jazzers take over with a late-night straight-ahead jam session hosted by Eric Garland. Bring an instrument if you can hang, or just sit back and be moved by the improvisational sounds filling the red lit, late night chill vibe.
Who comes here?
We open our doors to everyone, but here are some helpful tips: Don’t show up wasted and slobbering, don’t come expecting to “hook-up” (although it might happen), expect to be very close to strangers. Really, our philosophy goes like this: You’re poor, you’re rich, gay, straight, old, young, we don’t care, but however you come, come with the right attitude. Like the sign on our wall says: “BE NICE OR LEAVE- THIS IS A GROWN FOLKS ESTABLISHMENT”