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CAFE DU NORD
Café Du Nord is a nightclub, restaurant and live music venue located in the landmark Swedish-American building in the Upper Market district of San Francisco. Although the Du Nord is known for the quality of the national music acts it showcases, the club retains the ambiance of a classic lounge. Built in 1907, it has maintained its Victorian interiors, featuring the original faux decorated paneling and wainscoting, and a forty-foot hand carved mahogany bar. Details throughout the club hearken back to its past life as a notorious speakeasy during Prohibition. The rich red walls and dark wood interior create the perfect environment to enjoy classic cocktails and the most eclectic live music in town — seven nights a week.
THE SWEDISH AMERICAN HALL
The Swedish American Hall is operated by Café Du Nord as a live music and entertainment venue. Located above the Du Nord in the same building, the Swedish American Hall was built in 1907 by Swedish craftsmen. Its centerpiece is a spectacular grand ballroom that is full of warm woods and old country charm. Though the grand ballroom is large enough to support leading national acts, it is the perfect venue to provide guests with a uniquely intimate musical experience.
Café Du Nord is not only the hottest live music venue in town — it is “one of San Francisco’s hippest watering holes” according to SOMA Magazine. Or, as Rolling Stone Magazine puts it, "located in a former speak-easy, this dark-wooded, subterranean watering hole is the perfect place to lose a few decades over a batch of martinis." Of course, being a former speakeasy, we take a special amount of pride in providing the ultimate cocktail experience. Come on in for a great drink with no attitude.
Café Du Nord provides some of the tastiest food in town — offering a full dinner menu and bar food 7 nights a week. Our restaurant and catering operations are directed by Chef John Lamkin, owner of the highly regarded Street Restaurant in San Francisco. Check out our nightclub menu! View what the SF Chronicle has to say about our nightclub food. (If you are considering the Du Nord for your private event, our catering menu is much more extensive. See below.) We reserve a limited number of seats in our show room for patrons with dinner reservations. Even without dinner reservations, there is usually plenty of space in our front lounge or at the main bar to sample the best nightclub menu in town. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 415.861.5016.
YOUR PRIVATE EVENTS
We offer two classic and completely unique private events venues in a single location. Whether you are looking for the the old world charm and cathedral like atmosphere of the Swedish American Hall or the cool lounge feel of Café Du Nord, we will help you transport your guests to a different era for a truly memorable event. Please note: our catering menu is much more extensive than our nightclub menu. To learn more about private events at Café Du Nord and the Swedish American Hall, click here.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Café Du Nord is generally open one hour before show time. Please visit our calendar page for show times. We typically close at 2:00 a.m. — sometimes earlier depending on the crowd.
Tickets for our shows can now be purchased by calling our box office Monday through Friday between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the telephone number shown above. You can also buy advance tickets (i) by visiting the show link on our calendar for easy and secure online ticket sales, or (ii) by communicating with our box office staff by sending an email to Café Du Nord Box Office. Make sure that you put the show and date in your email subject line. Also, you should always first check the show on our calendar to see if it is sold out.
AGENTS and MANAGERS
Please contact Guy Carson at 415.861.5016 extension 101. Even better, feel free to send an email to Café Du Nord Booking. If you are contacting us about a particular band and date, please make sure that the band name and date are in the subject line of your email.
If you would like to explore playing at Café Du Nord, please do not send materials in the mail. We prefer that you send us an email via Café Du Nord Booking. You must put your band name in the subject line. Without it, we may not be able to respond. Your email should include information relevant to our booking process. This may include such things as links to websites, links to mp3's or other music files, band bios and recent tour or show history. Please do NOT attach music files or include photos in your emails unless we specifically request them.
Press queries can be sent to Lauren Weinstein via email at Café Du Nord Publicity.
TO ADVANCE SHOWS
Your show confirmation will contain the contact information for your advance person. Shows at Café Du Nord are usually advanced by Keith Kanoff who can be contacted at Café Du Nord Advance. Always put the band name and date of the show in the subject line of your email. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Guy Carson at 415.861.5016.
PHOTOGRAPHY AT CAFE DU NORD
Photography is generally not permitted at Café Du Nord. If you have received permission from a particular act or performer to take photographs of their performance, you must also receive our permission by calling us, prior to the date of the show, at 415-861-5016. Violation of our restriction on photography may result in immediate expulsion from the club.
SAN FRANCISCO SIGN POSTING REGULATIONS
If you are booked to play Café Du Nord and intend to post flyers or signs in San Francisco to advertise your show, you are required to comply with the sign posting restrictions contained in the San Francisco Public Works Code. You may be assessed a significant fine if you post signs on certain specified light poles and other structures. Trust us on this one. The city of San Francisco regularly fines bands that violate the sign posting guidelines. It can cost you $300 per sign. To view a copy of the San Franicisco Department of Public Works general guidelines for sign posting, click here.
CAFÉ DU NORD and THE SWEDISH AMERICAN HALL
are available for your private event!
One of San Francisco’s most unique historic buildings is now available for corporate events, company parties, weddings, and more.
We offer two classic and completely unique venues in a single location. The Swedish American Hall exudes old world charm in a cathedral like atmosphere. While Café Du Nord is the hottest live music venue in town and “one of San Francisco’s hippest watering holes” according to SOMA Magazine.