Cafe Du Nord

Coordinates: 37°46′0.1″N 122°25′49.4″W / 37.766694°N 122.430389°W / 37.766694; -122.430389
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Cafe Du Nord and the Swedish American Hall
Main entrance to Cafe Du Nord cropped
Address2170 Market St.
LocationSan Francisco, CA 94114
Coordinates37°46′0.1″N 122°25′49.4″W / 37.766694°N 122.430389°W / 37.766694; -122.430389
TypeNightclub, Bar, Restaurant, Private Event Space
Opened2017, under current ownership

Cafe Du Nord is a 320-person capacity music venue in the basement level of the historic Swedish American Hall in San Francisco’s Upper Market neighborhood.


The Swedish American Hall

Both Cafe Du Nord and The Swedish American Hall have hosted internationally known musicians, up and coming bands, and local artists nearly every night of the week. The venues are known for hosting many now famous bands when they were first starting out. Notable shows include Arthur Lee and Love’s last show, Neil Young, The Zombies, Dave Davies (the Kinks), John Cale, J. Mascis, Frank Black, Blink 182, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, Spoon, Iron and Wine, Rilo Kiley, Vincent Gallo, Mumford and Sons, Train, Cake, Sara Bareilles, Andrew W.K., Brian Jonestown Massacre, Girls, Tash Sultana, Alkaline Trio, and the comedian Scott Capurro.

Similar local and intimate live music venues in San Francisco include the Bottom of the Hill, Public Works SF, The Independent, the Brick and Mortar Music Hall,[1] Hotel Utah, the Knockout SF,[2] Tempest Bar,[2] and the Chapel SF.[3]


The venue's intimate setting and reputation for hosting outstanding live shows have earned Cafe Du Nord and the Swedish American Hall numerous awards over the years including: a 2013 "Nightey" Award for Best Live Music Venue in San Francisco (under 400 capacity)[4] the California Music and Culture Association's "Best Music Venue" 2012,[5] Top 40 Music Venues in America, Paste Magazine,[6] and one of California's "Top Ten Most Beautiful Music Venues," CA Home and Design.[7]


  1. ^ Planet, Lonely; Harrell, Ashley; Benchwick, Greg; Bing, Alison; Brash, Celeste; Karlin, Adam (2019-12-01). Lonely Planet San Francisco. Lonely Planet. p. 439. ISBN 978-1-78868-677-8.
  2. ^ a b "11 Quintessential Dive Bars in San Francisco". 7x7 Bay Area. 2021-06-17. Retrieved 2022-11-27.
  3. ^ Wells, Madeline (2021-10-14). "'Sworn to secrecy': Ex-employees say The Chapel's ghost was real". SFGate. Retrieved 2022-11-27.
  4. ^ "2013 Nitey Awards".
  5. ^ "2012 California Music and Culture Association Awards". Archived from the original on 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  6. ^ "Paste Magazine - America's 40 Best Music Venues".
  7. ^ "CA Home and Design".

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