Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

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201 Van Ness Ave (btwn Grove & Hayes St)
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 864-6000
Concert Hall, Performing Arts, Music Venue

Foursquare Tips

  • Check out the balcony on the top floor, it's a great view
  • Avoid the traffic, tolls, and the $$ parking garage fees - take BART to Civic Center station and walk four blocks west to the hall. You'll arrive in a better mood.
  • Ever wonder what those seats facing the conductor are like? Easy enough to check 'em out - they're only $15 and available for most concerts (if it's a choral work, the chorus uses the terrace).
  • Order a yummy cocktail at the bar just before the concert starts, and the bartender will have it ready for you when intermission starts.
  • order your drinks for intermission BEFORE the concert starts, and they'll be waiting for you at a table. Then you can people watch to your heart's content.
  • Davies After Hours is part performance, part after-party. After certain concerts, musicians play in a nightclub-style setting. Free to ticketholders.
  • Will you please, at the very least, wear a nice pair of pants, dress shoes, and a button-up shirt, for F** sake, when going to the symphony. It's bad enough we see tank tops and shorts at the Orpheum.
  • Go for tickets in the second tier. They are great seats and it's a heck of a stair work out to get all the way up there.
  • You can hear one of the most accomplished youth orchestras in the world right here - the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.
  • Try the Yo-Yo Ma. It's seasonal, but very nice
  • Wonderful experience
  • During intermission, check out the balcony on the top floor. Gorgeous view up & down Van Ness Ave at night.
  • Rush tickets ($20) are available for some concerts. Call the hotline number: 415-503-5577
  • One of the best venues here in San Francisco when you're looking for a place to enjoy classical symphonic music
  • Insanely beautiful
  • the bathrooms on lower floor near Hayes/VanNess are rarely crowded
  • Michael Tilson Thomas is a god. MTT conducting anything = pure magic
  • New to classical music, or interested in the music of one favorite composer? Try the Summer & the Symphony series, with programs on Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and the Russians.
  • Volunteer! The Symphony is always seeking enthusiastic volunteers, and it's a great group of people. Call 415-503-5500 and tell 'em you're interested.
  • Shop the SF Symphony store for a good selection of music, books, gifts and special items you won't find anywhere else. Plus, the complete SF Symphony Mahler cycle is available here. Now open M-F 11-4.