Best Live Music Venues Northern Marin

With all three venues serving quality food and quality music, and two with both outdoor and indoor options, you are destined for fun in Northern Marin! 

Finnegan’s Marin Restaurant and Bar

Live Music Northern Marin, Finnegan's Marin
Finnegan’s Marin

Described as “a cross between a lively Irish Pub and a classic American Bar & Grill,” Finnegan’s Marin has been serving up quality food and robust sounds since 2008. Centered in downtown Novato with plenty of parking, the bar promises to be open as late as you need to have yourself a good time. Restaurant and bar hours are Monday through Thursday 3 to 9 p.m. with the bar open “late”, Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the bar open “late”, and Sunday Brunch 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the bar open “late”. Check website for show times.

877 Grant Avenue, Novato, 415.899.1516

HopMonk Novato

Live Music Northern Marin, HopMonk
HopMonk Novato

HopMonk Novato is essentially two venues: an indoor venue (the Session Room) and a large beautiful outdoor venue where KC Turner hosts the annual Cookout Concert Series, which is heading into its 10th season! To quote the great Steve Poltz who frequents their stages, “Because of KC Turner Presents and HopMonk, it’s more like “YESvato instead of NOvato.” Or in the fine words of the legendary Chuck Prophet, “We’re putting Novato on the map.” Restaurant and bar is open daily from 11:30am to 9pm. Check the website for show times.

224 Vintage Way, Novato, 415.892.6200

Rancho Nicasio

Live Music Northern Marin, Rancho Nicasio
Rancho Nicasio

Tucked away among the rolling hills of Marin County in Nicasio sits the historic family owned Rancho Nicasio Restaurant and Bar. Known for sweeping panoramic views, outdoor and indoor dining and performance spaces, and a rustic bar, dance floor and stage, Rancho Nicasio’s “Dinner & a Show” features a platform of artists spanning every genre. Enjoy listening to your favorite musicians or new artists while dining on locally sourced and organic hearty American cuisine. Restaurant and bar hours are Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday 11am to 3pm. Brunch is Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check the website for show times.

1 Old Rancheria Rd, Nicasio, 415.662.2219

Emilie Rohrbach

Emilie Rohrbach has taught music and theatre to grades pre-school through 8th in San Francisco and Marin counties for the last twenty years. She has been a freelance writer for Divine Caroline for five years, and her writing has appeared in Narratively, Hippocampus, Common Ground, Travelers’ Tales, and Marin Magazine, among others. She is passionate about Room to ReadShanti Bhavan, and Destiny Arts and serves on the board of Knighthorse Theatre Company.