Of the bands and artists I’ve seen live in Wellington, the best shows – The Kills, Neko Case, Broken Social Scene, DJ Premier, Ghostface Killah – have typically been at San Francisco Bath House. The staff there are pros at handling both performers and punters, and the wide stage means there’s more visibly and less of a crowd crush than there is at Bodega.
From comedy to country music there is always something good happening at SFBH. A wide array of local and international acts play at this venue. Make sure you get tickets though because queues often go halfway up Cuba on a busy night. The balcony is good during summer months too to get fresh air and enjoy the warm nights out.
These guys know how to show you a good time. Always excellent shows and a great night out - I’ve seen burlesque here, phenomenal, and I’m seeing Amanda Palmer in September, can’t wait! It’s a fun vibe, there are drinks and food specials including pizza and bar snacks - and they even have a coat check! Great spot.