Slim’s has always been about being one of the best music venues in San Francisco. The building that houses the club was originally a restaurant known as the Warehouse that was taken over by Boz Scaggs in the later part of 1987. The venue’s last event was a party held by owner Boz Scaggs and his partners on December 31, 1987, to celebrate the closing of The Warehouse before its remodeling that would turn it into a worthy nightclub. The remodeling that followed took most of the year, with the newly redubbed Slim’s finally opening on September 16, 1988, with Katie Webster, Anson Funderburgh, Delbert McClinton, and ‘Presidio Slim’ (a.k.a. Boz Scaggs) being their opening acts.
From then on, Slim’s enjoyed steady success as a trendy and enjoyable place to see live bands perform music that was up-and-coming and not recognized on the local scene or that hadn’t found performing spaces in more mainstream nightclubs. It also became the home of The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s Christmas Eve concerts starting in 1988, which has gone on to become an annual Bay Area tradition.
The venue was known for having an open floorplan with a stage at one end of the main level and a bar that ran along two walls giving plenty of space for more intimate conversations or to enjoy a show off the main dance floor. The venue also has a balcony at an opposite end with seating for 30 that’s reserved for guests that purchase Dinner & Admission tickets.
This unique design and the goals of the nightclubs musical identity was met with such applause that it allowed the owning corporation to open a sister nightclub, The Great American Music Hall, to appeal to nightclub-goers who preferred a concert hall feel to their musical experiences.
As for Slim’s, it is what it always has been. A punk room, a blues lounge, a hip-hop club, or whatever else its guests want it to be. It is a pillar for concert-goers in San Francisco with several hallmark performances by world-famous bands including Radiohead, Green Day, and The Black Keys while bringing in rising newcomers every week. Whether you enjoy seeing fresh new talent or want to experience famous bands in an intimate setting, Slim’s has you covered.
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