Named 2013’s best new live venue by “SF Weekly,” this bar/restaurant/venue is a great place to catch dinner and a show in the Mission District. You don’t even need to change locations! The venue’s sister restaurant, The Vestry, housed in the same complex, serves upscale comfort food in a loud, lively setting—a contrast to its gothic Church theme. After enjoying cocktails and food at the rustic wood tables or on the back twinkle-lit patio, head into the venue in a separate room, which as its name suggests, is shaped like a cathedral. Make your way to the front see the band in action, or head to the mezzanine to get a bird’s-eye view and an up-close look at the arched ceiling. There are two bars in the venue area, but it’s just as easy to refill drinks in the restaurant area, where the lines are generally shorter. Indie punk rock acts as well as 19-piece orchestras and everything in between have been on the bill. Check the website for bookings.
- Erika Lennert