About PianoFight

Welcome to PianoFight! We are a community-driven indy arts venue that takes pride in partnering with local artists to make great shows, mouth watering eats and delicious cocktails adding up to a uniquely San Francisco experience. Our two intimate theaters and cabaret stage host music, comedy, plays, dance, film screenings, drag, magic, variety shows and more, while our restaurant and bar serves up new American bites and classic cocktails. We provide space and infrastructure to hundreds of artists, who create and stage 1,500 performances for over 50,000 audience members each year. During the day, we are the home base for the offices and classrooms of community non-profits like Tenderloin Walking Tours and Code Tenderloin which runs a job-readiness program for TL residents. Every burger you buy, drink you sip and show you see helps keep a community-centric creative space vibrant and thriving. PianoFight – live and local since 2007.


Due to the pandemic we are running an irregular schedule. Please check our Show Calendar to see if / when we’re open.

Contact Us

For all other inquiries, please send a (polite) email to infotron [at] pianofight [dot] com or call us at +1 (415) 816-3691.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is PianoFight’s COVID Protocol? (Updated Aug 30, 2022)
A: In line with current mandates, we no longer require masks, proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test to enter PianoFight. However, we still strongly encourage you to get vaccinated and boosted if you haven’t already. Masks are recommended while in our theaters.

Q: Is PianoFight 21+?
A: Yes.

Q: Does PianoFight charge a cover at the front door?
A: PianoFight only charges a cover to get into the bar on nights where there is live music or another event performing on the cabaret stage. You can see if a show is on the cab stage by going to our Show Calendar, clicking into the individual event and looking at it’s location.

Q: Is PianoFight ADA Accessible?
A: Yes! PianoFight’s restaurant, bar, and both theaters are fully ADA accessible.

Q: The show I want to see is sold out, can I still get tickets?
A: For sold out shows, we run a waitlist at the door. Sometimes we’re able to get the first few names from the list in, but there are no guarantees. You have to come to the box-office after 6pm, day of the show to get on the waitlist, and we notify people at show time if there is extra space.

Q: What’s parking like around there?
A: Street parking is free after 6pm. We’re is located 2 blocks from Powell BART, numerous muni lines and there are 3 parking lots within 1 block.

Q: I want to eat before a show, how early should I get there?
A: We recommend getting here 1 hours before your show to enjoy dinner first.

Q: Do you take reservations?
A: Seating is first come first serve. If you are looking to organize a large party, send an email to infotron [at] pianofight [dot] com.

Q: What’s playing tonight?
A: Check out our show calendar.

Q: How can book my play / comedy show / dance show / fundraiser or band at PianoFight?
A: Email booking@pianofight.com with a paragraph describing your show.

Our History

PIANOFIGHT was formed by Rob Ready, Dan Williams and Kevin Fink in 2007. After completing a $1.2 million fundraising campaign, 10% of which was crowd-funded through the largest Theater Kickstarter for a New Live Performance Venue ever, PianoFight has completed its home at 144 Taylor Street in San Francisco. The venue contains three rehearsal spaces, two black box theaters (42-seater and a 92-seater), and a full restaurant and bar with a cabaret stage. Since its inception, PianoFight has successfully managed venues (Off-Market Theater Complex); created the largest audience-judged playwriting competition in the country (ShortLived); instigated a fully-scripted, choose-your-own-ending play series (FORKING!); recklessly invited audiences to Throw Rotten Veggies at the Actors Nights; formed two critically acclaimed sketch comedy groups (Mission CTRL and Chardonnay); toured the coast of California (Endless Weekend Tour I & II); created a surf rock band (Das Haus Band) and a soul band (PianoFight Music Department); launched a film department that retains corporate and artistic clients; and built a three-man producing team into a 48-member company of artists while staying true to its mission of producing New Work by New Artists ™. We’ve also consumed vast oceans of beer and have had one hell of a time in the process. PianoFight is committed to making 144 Taylor St. San Francisco’s next landmark entertainment venue.