San Rafael Nightlife Tips by jessicadf Top 5 Page for this destination
San Rafael Nightlife: 3 reviews and 3 photos
Quicksilver Gold on April 5, 2003
In San Rafael proper, there are a couple places for live music, but neither of them are very savory to me.
New Georges, and it's been there since I was a teenager. Sometimes they have good bands play, but the atmosphere has always felt a little grimy...
4th Street Tavern in San Rafael too. They have live music, but again, the atmosphere is less than desirable. :(
The good news is that there ARE other good places for live music, which are only 15 minutes away from San Rafael!
In Fairfax: 19 Broadway. It used to be a bit funky, but they've recently expanded, and it's gotten a lot nicer.
In Mill Valley: <a href='http://www.sweetwatersaloon.com'>The Sweeetwater Saloon</a>. This is one of my favorite places. It's a small bar, with a small stage up front, but they get *big* acts in there from time to time. There are a lot of musicians (and other kinds of stars) that live in Marin County, and many will just 'sit in' to jam with other musicians here.
In Nicasio (same tiny town as the schoolhouse pictured above): <a href='http://www.ranchonicasio.com'>Rancho Nicasio</a>. This is a little, unassuming building, with very good food, a bar, and a stage. They have bands playing in the main dining room 4 or 5 nights per week, and sometimes they're REALLY incredible bands. On those nights, you buy a ticket to see the show, and then order dinner while the band is playing. Very cool. Plus, the drive there is lovely.
Dress Code: You can be as casual or as dressed up as you'd like to be at any of these establishments! We're pretty relaxed around here, when it comes to nightlife.
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