In the small entry room, you move past a curtain, through an unknown door. There’s a teasing view—some kind of installation fills a sunken space. It's like you scored a backstage pass. Time to explore.
Turn the corner, find the bar: there’s craft cocktails and small bites. Video projections flash on the walls. All eyes go to the stage, ready for the show to start.
And then the music. Live music—it’s just so good. Pounding beats, otherworldly chants come from all corners of the space. Close your eyes: it sounds like you're in a cathedral, and then an underground club. Unique and stimulating and totally different.
Public transit is highly recommended for getting to SoundBox. The venue is easily accessible via BART, MUNI Metro, and several bus lines. Use 511.org for detailed route planning.
Take any BART line to the the Civic Center BART Station and walk via Market Street and Hayes Street. The entrance to SoundBox is on the northeast corner at Hayes and Franklin. (Approximately 11 minutes walking time.)
Take the Van Ness Street MUNI Metro Station. Walk north on Van Ness to Hayes. Turn left and continue one block to Franklin. (Approximately 5 minutes walking time.)
Several city bus lines are within a 5-minute walk of SoundBox. Use stops for the 47, 49, or 90 on Van Ness, the 21 on Hayes, or the 16x at Fell and Gough.
Parking is often limited in the Hayes Valley and Civic Center neighborhoods. Allow extra time when driving.
From the Penninsula
Take 101 North, and use the Mission Street/Duboce Avenue exit. Continue north on Van Ness Avenue. Turn left on Grove or McAllister for parking.
From the North Bay
Use 101 South, turning south onto Van Ness Avenue. Turn right on Grove or McAllister for parking.
From the East Bay
Take 80 West, and use the Ninth Street/Civic Center exit. Take 9th Street to Grove for parking.
Street parking is limited. Recommended parking garages:
Performing Arts Garage, 360 Grove Street
Civic Center Garage between Polk, Larkin, Grove and McAllister.