Looking for some bombass venues in Berkeley for seeing live music? Look no further! Berkeley’s a vibrant city with a good number of music halls and hole-in-the-wall venues alike. We at the Clog have a few suggestions of Berkeley’s best spots for live music, according to reputation and music selections.
Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music
Cornerstone is one of Berkeley’s defining music venues. Hosting an eclectic mix of cover bands, established artists and budding performers, Cornerstone will give you amazing quality for your time and money. This spot continually has new artists from a multitude of genres coming in for shows two to three times a week, so you’ll never get bored of the music selections. Most shows run from $10 to $40, depending on the artist and whether you buy tickets in advance or at the door. Lastly, most, if not all, of Cornerstone’s shows are for all ages.
Hearst Greek Theatre
Located right on UC Berkeley’s campus, the Hearst Greek Theatre is one of the city’s bigger music venues. Dotted with columns and trimmed with ornate designs to mimic none other than Greek architecture, it draws both well-known artists and smaller, local bands. As a bonus, the Greek is an amphitheater, so you get to experience the magic of live music under the night sky!
The Cheese Board Collective
Artisan pizza and funky music go hand in hand. Cheese Board often has a live blues, jazz or cultural band accompanying lunch and dinner, so you can experience the different sounds of Berkeley while you indulge in some kickin’ food. Cheese Board has a new pizza, as well as a new band, to accompany each meal every day.
The Back Room
This is a great place to see some of the (mainly acoustic) local artists of Berkeley. It’s a cozy and intimate venue known for its comfy chairs and other seating arrangements. Tickets run cheap, and the music is worth beyond what you pay. It’s the perfect location to find a new, generally unknown artist. And if you’re 21 or older, you can bring in your own alcoholic drinks.
The UC Theatre
The UC Theatre has hosted its share of big-name bands such as Green Day, Kehlani, Ty Dolla $ign and Violent Femmes, to name a few, and will continue to host big-name artists such as Ghostface Killah, Hyukoh and Mayday Parade in the near future. This is the place to be if you want to see some of your favorite artists, but this venue tends to fall more on the pricier side ($40-$150 per show).
Live music is a great way to unwind on the weekend (or even a weekday evening) and take away from the stress of schoolwork. Check out some of these venues, and maybe you’ll find your new favorite place to kick back when you have free time or get pumped up for a concert you’ve been looking forward to for weeks!