VENUE INFO

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  

SEATING

Do you have seating?

The Independent is a general admission, standing room only venue with a few first-come, first-serve seats. If you prefer to sit, try to arrive when the doors open to snag one.

I can not stand for long and/or have a disability. Can I reserve seats?

Absolutely. Specialty seating is available upon request via info@theindependentsf.com. Please contact us at least a day before hand to reserve seats.

Is the club wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Please contact us ahead of time at info@theinependentsf.com to let us know what show you are planning on attending so we can hold a space for you. ADA restrooms are available for you as well.

PHOTO/ AUDIO

Can I bring a camera?

It depends on the band but usually you can bring a small camera. Please do not shoot with a flash- it blinds the musicians and, besides, your pictures will look better for it.

Can I bring a professional-grade SLR camera to shoot for my blog/ mag/ zine or to put really great pics up on my Facebook page?

No, not without permission from the band's mgmt and agents. Please contact jill@anotherplanetent.com at least one week before the show to arrange for this.

Can I make an audio recording of my favorite band to make a ton of money off of or to just share with friends in my mom's basement?

No.

COAT CHECK

Do you have somewhere safe where I can put my coat/ bag/ small animal?

Yes, we have a coat check. Price is $2 per item although some items (rabbits, rodents, etc) may cost extra.

The music is too loud; do you have anything to ease the pain?

We sell earplugs for $1/pair at the coat check not to mention a fine array of cocktails at the bar.

AGE RESTRICTIONS

I'm under 21 and just hafta see my favorite band ever- can you please let me in?

Sorry, we're 21+ only, with no exceptions.

I'm over 21 and have the scars to prove it. Problem is that my friend took my ID and melted it to use in an art exhibit- can I still get in to see my 2nd favorite band?

We'll need to see another form of ID.  A passport is great, but if you don't have one because you do not travel might we suggest getting a passport and doing some traveling?  Otherwise, if you bring a document that shows your DOB (like a birth certificate or a DMV temp ID), we'll need something with you name and photo on it too.

JOBS

Are you hiring?

We might be, thanks for asking. Please send your resume and some words of inspiration/ encouragement to info@theindependentsf.com

Do you need any interns?

Sure, it's possible- send us a nice email and even a box of cupcakes to help us decide.

I heard that you have a Street team- is this true?

Nope, that's one of those myths like Led Zeppelin played the Independent with Big Foot sitting in on drums. Simply not true.

VENUE INFO

What time will the show start and what time will it end?

That depends on the start time and the number of acts on the bill. Usually the first act goes on around 45 minutes after doors open.

Do you have a mailing list?

Yeah, step right up and sign here! You'll receive email notifications for upcoming shows, presale tickets, special offers and more. Don't miss out!

I play in what could potentially be your third favorite band. How can we play The Independent?

Please don't send us a promo package in the mail. Save a stamp and a tree, and please save us from clutter! Instead, send us an email to booking@theindependentsf.com. Make sure you include a myspace and website link where we can check you out. We receive countless submissions on a daily basis so we can't promise a reply. However if we like what we hear we will be in touch.

Do you have a dress code?

No, we don't. We just ask that you please wear clothes.

TICKETING

How do I buy tickets online?

Please visit Ticketfly to buy them now!
All of our shows have online ticket sales and it’s recommended to purchase them in advance as shows very often sell out.

How do I buy tickets without paying service charges?

We've locked someone up inside our Box Office to provide tickets to you without any additional charges.
Our walk-up ticket window is located at the Independent and is open Monday through Friday from 11am until 6pm. It re-opens on all show nights from an hour before the doors open until at least 9:30PM. You may purchase tickets to upcoming shows at any of these times. We accept cash or credit card (Discover / Mastercard / Visa).

I'm on the internet reading this right now but do not understand or trust the web. Can I buy tickets over the phone from your Box Office?

The Box Office does not take phone orders but you're able to purchase tickets via Ticketfly toll free at 877.435.9849.

Will you have tickets for tonight's show at the door?

I donnoe, it depends I guess. We definitely recommend purchasing them in advance as shows very often sell out.

My buddy told me that tonight's show is sold out- do you think anyone will be selling tickets out front if I come down?

The Independent neither recommends nor condones buying tickets from anyone other than our friendly Box Office or Ticketfly.

I bought a ticket to a show but can't come because I'm travelling to Budapest to learn how to make goulash from a world famous Hungarian chef that same night. Can I get a refund for my ticket?

No, sorry- unless there's a band cancellation all sales are final.

I bought a ticket to a show but can't come because a dangerously insane Hungarian chef got angry at me for nothing in particular and blew a palm-full of paprika in my eye. Can I put my ticket under a different name at Will Call so my friend can use it?

Yes you can change the name at Will Call. Just log onto the account that you made at ticketfly.com and select the Change Name at Will Call option. Or give a call to the Box Office at 415.771.1421 during business hours to arrange a name-change. Your friend will need to bring his/her ID to the Box Office on the night of the show to pick up the tickets.

Does the Box Office sell tickets to other Another Planet Entertainment shows?

We do sell some APE tickets to shows at various venues around the Bay Area including Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Treasure Island Music Festival, The Greek Theater and more. These tickets are cash only, and subject to at least a $1.00 service charge. Please call the box office at 415.771.1421 for a list of APE tickets currently available.

FOOD/DRINKS

Call me crazy but I'm the type of guy that likes to imbibe in a few well-mixed yet affordable drinks while I listen to live music in a club- do you have a bar?

Yes, we have a full bar that services a wide array of delicious libations.

Cal l me crazy but I'm the type of person that loves to eat a plate of hastily prepared nachos covered with microwaved beef and a sorry excuse for cheese while I listen to live music in a club- do you serve food?

We don't serve food but can recommend some great spots in the neighborhood for you (none of which serve bad nachos). Check out this link here.

PARKING/TRANSPORTATION

Where are you located?

The Independent is centrally located in the Alamo Square district of the always-beautiful city of San Francisco. Our address is 628 Divisadero St. San Francisco CA 94117. We're splat-dab in between Grove and Hayes streets and directly across the street is a bright orange building and a yellow one.

Where can I park?

There's some street parking locally but spots can be hard to come by. ABC Parking runs two lots- one at 400 Divisadero, in the Shell parking lot on corner of Oak. The other is 425 Divisadero , at the Laundromat right off of Oak. Cost is $12. There's an attendant present between 7pm-10pm and you can leave your car there until 3am.

How do I get to the club via public transportation?

Check out this link - 511.org

Can I easily catch a cab home at the end of the show?

Sure, Divisadero is a pretty busy thoroughfare and it's never too difficult to flag a cab down.

OUR COMMUNITY

Eat

  • (seafood)

    803 Fillmore, 3 blocks east
     
  • (Crudo, seafood, shellfish)

    655 Divisadero, across the street
     
  • (pastas, crepes, sandwiches, coffee)

    601 Divisadero, across the street
     
  • (southern comfort food, brunch)

    919 Divisadero, 3 blocks north
     
  • (coffee roaster, salads, sandwiches)

    1300 Fulton @ Divisadero, 1 block north
     
  • (Ethiopian, cocktails)

    543 Divisadero @Fell, 2 blocks south
     
  • (sandwiches, pizza, salads, beer)

    762 Divisadero @ Fulton, 1 block north
     
  • (rotisserie chicken, Mexican)

    601 Baker, 4 blocks northwest
     
  • (vegetarian)

    531 Divisadero @ Fell, 2 blocks south
     
  • 53 Divisadero, 1 block south
     
  • (bbq)

    705 Divisadero @ Grove across the street
     
  • (healthy, sustainable, Mexican)

    292 Divisadero @ Page 4 blocks south
     
  • (pizza, jukebox)

    846 Divisadero, 2 blocks north
     
  • (coffee, pastries, sandwiches, bike shop)

    639 Divisadero, across the street
     
  • (urban rustic food, open until 1am)

    560 Divisadero, 1 block south
     
  • (organic Mexican)

    306 Broderick @ Fell, 3 blocks southwest
     
  • (Indian)

    1279 Fulton @ Divisadero, 1 block north
     
  • (thai)

    312 Divisadero, 3 blocks south
     
  • (sushi, sake, open until 1am)

    1306 Fulton @ Divisadero, 1 block north
     
  • (Morroccan / Mediterranean, hookahs, open until 1am)

    528 Divisadero, 1 block south
     

Drink

  • 821 Divisadero, 2 blocks north
     
  • 1335 Fulton @ Divisadero, 1 block north
     
  • 500 Divisadero @ Fell, 2 blocks south
     
  • 837 Divisadero, 2 blocks north
     
  • 298 Divisadero @ Page, 4 blocks south
     

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