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Best Venue to See an Artist Up Close and Personal 

Social Hall SF

There are a lot of risks involved with seeing a show. The sound could suck. The artist could be battling a sore throat. The guy standing next to you could accidentally spill his beer all over you. Anything could happen. But if you go to Social Hall SF, at least one thing won't be a bummer: You'll be able to get close enough to said-performer that you can touch the stage — or their feet, if you want to get kicked out. While some venues, like The Warfield, have pits in front of the stage reserved for photographers, there are absolutely no barriers separating concertgoers from the stage (which isn't even that tall) at Social Hall SF. The stage itself is reminiscent of a high school auditorium from the 1930s, and the venue's curved ceiling and enclosed space make for great acoustics. The only downside — if you don't get there early enough to station yourself near the stage — is that the floor isn't slanted, so the vantage point from the back of the room isn't the best. But then again, we were each born with two elbows for a reason: so that we can push our way through the crowd to get to the front.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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