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“Don't pay extra for good seats”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Warfield Theater

Warfield Theater
Ranked #185 of 529 things to do in San Francisco
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“Don't pay extra for good seats”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

We went to see the Dave Koz Christmas show at the Warfield Theater. We paid extra for seats in the front, middle section. It shows the seating chart on the Ticketmaster website, so I went ahead & paid extra for the seats. When we got there, the seats were as far as you could get to the right of the stage. Part of our view was blocked by a very large speaker.

When we asked the attendant about the seats, she said that "Ticketmaster had their own seating chart that is different from the venue". I was shocked. Our ticket #'s were "Orchestra Center, Row G, Seats 115 & 116". When I looked at the seat #'s in front of our chairs, it showed seat 109 in front of mine & seat 124 in front of my husbands.

One more thing... don't try to bring in your own bottled water, even if it is sealed. They won't allow any outside beverages.

Visited December 2012
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Northern California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Legendary SF venue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

You gotta love the Warfield. I've seen a lot of shows here over the past 10 years. It's got general admission standing room on the first floor, with assigned seating upstairs. Vintage art deco type decor. Elaborate Murals, and relief sculpture adorn the walls and ceiling. It's fairy intimate if you have decent seats. The nose bleed seats upstairs are not that great, but you either have to choose when u buy your ticket if you want assigned seats upstairs or to ride out the possible 3-4 hrs. or concert on your feet downstairs. My feet were killing me after a few lengthy shows downstairs, but you can get up close to your favorite artists if you are willing to do so. There are some great talent that perform here and the shows are usually stellar and long, so I'm not complaining. You get your moneys worth.

It's bigger than the Fillmore, but still provides a small venue feel . The sound is usually good.

They changed management a few years back around 2008 and sadly I do think the staff and vibe there is not quite the same. Frankly, they are not as friendly as they used to be, and kinda out of touch. You can still see a good show there. It just seemed like the former management were more professional.

I saw Wavy Gravy in the hallway there in '07, walked up to him and said "hello'. He shot me a huge grin and said 'hi' back as he winked and twinkled. What else can You ask for?

Visited January 2012
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San Jose, California
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“Best venue in San Francisco”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Its the best venue in San Francisco for me. Small, doesnt get too crowded, intimate, you get closer to the artist, very well located in the center of San Francisco, good for public transportation.

Visited April 2012
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Paris, France
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“Great venue for concerts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

I have seen many bands play here and I really like it. It helps that I live right nearby but the bonus is that the spot is pretty small so you can easily see whoever is playing. They usually have a pretty good selection of bands as well and right near a lot of public transit options.

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“Poor service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

This wonderful venue is small enough to be intimate while being big enough to accommodate some great bands. We travelled to San Francisco to the UK specifically for a show here, and while we were thrilled with the bands, we found the staff to be pretty abrupt in their attitude. In short, this is a great venue which is let down by the intimidating and unhelpful events team.

Once we'd reached the front of the line, the aggressive staff on the door almost forced us to re-join at the end of the line again because we'd stopped to ask someone a question on the way in. We also had backstage passes, and none of the staff knew what we should do or where we should wait. In the end, after many conversations with rude and unhelpful people, we missed the opportunity to go backstage (an event we had travelled more than 5,000 miles for). The people who were left to pick up the pieces were apologetic, but it should never have happened in the first place.

Visited September 2012
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