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San Rafael: Nightlife

Nightlife in San Rafael is lively with a fair selection of pubs, bars, night clubs, lounges, wine bars, dance clubs, and music venues. Nearly 40% of the city’s population is between the ages of 20-45 so there is no shortage of places for this group to hang out in late at night.  

Bars

San Rafael has its share of popular watering holes. There are bars, lounges, sports bars, wine bars, breweries, and lounges in the city. One long-standing establishment is The Mayflower Pub one of Marin County's oldest English pubs, serving English fare and ales. Like a typical pub in England, soccer is aired daily. On weekends The Mayflower is open till 2 a.m.

The Broken Drum serves beers handcrafted on the premises. Burgers and sandwiches are cooked over an apple-fired wood grill. Another brewery serving local brews and owned by the Brewer family is Iron Springs Pub and Brewery.

The Flatiron Saloon is a laid-back bar that is open till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Giant flat-screen TVs play sports or if there’s a game playing at AT&T Park, there may be a bus going to San Francisco to watch the San Francisco Giants game.

Peri’s Silver Dollar Bar is in nearby Fairfax. You’ll find good music here and drink specials. This is the kind of place that locals frequent when they want to shoot a little pool and enjoy a drink and chill. The bartenders are friendly and the crowd relaxed.

At the Pint Size Lounge you’ll find eclectic art and some pool tables so you can play billiards. The Lounge has a good selection of music, and a juke box that almost never stops playing.

Nightclubs

There are only a few, but good nightclubs in San Rafael with live music, DJs and dancing. They are frequented by local residents and well rated for service and facilities. 

George’s Nightclub is a large retro-themed club with two full bars, dance area, TVs and local bands performing rock & roll, jazz & swing standards, American classics, and comedy. This family-owned club is plush with bright neon lights and a lineup featuring artists including, Jesse Colin Young, Pablo Cruise, Pete Escovedo, Roy Rogers, Carlos Reyes, Lester Chambers, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Hayes, Gregg Rollie and Commander Cody.  The club serves contemporary California cuisine.

San Rafael Joe’s has been a Marin County staple since 1947. This establishment stands out because it provides full service for dining, events and also hosts the Marin Murder Mysteries. You can listen to live music five nights a week and catch a fine Italian dinner.

Another place where you can grab a bite to eat in San Rafael late at night is Yet Wah. The restaurant closes at midnight and serves an all-day menu.

Live Music

The Grate Room was built by Phil Lesh, the bass player of the Grateful Dead, at Terrapin Crossroads. The music shows feature local talent of all genres. When not staging music, the Grate Room is used for dance nights, Trivia Nights, Jazz with wine tasting, Salsa nights, “Telstar” free form jam nights, and Sunday morning brunch featuring sacred music from around the world.

Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium At Marin Center

Catch an evening performance of Lewis Black or Peter Frampton at the Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium. Or listen to a fascinating performance of traditional taiko drums by TAO. The Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium brings a rich variety of shows featuring the best in American and world entertainment.   

If you want more choices of nightlife venues than San Rafael has to offer, you can go to San Francisco which has many clubs, lounges and bars in distinct neighborhoods.

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