444 Battery St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411137.795468 -122.400341
Neighborhoods: Financial District, Northeast
Headliner Sucked – We loved going to the Punch Line and always saw solid head liners. That was until our last visit a few months ago when we took a chance on a comic we'd never heard of, named, Amy Schumer. Neither our group nor the audience thought she was funny. We are all huge stand up fans and noticed that many of her jokes were either predictable or sounded similar to jokes we've heard before. Maybe she was a last minute fill-in or something like that, but it was a wasted evening and soured us enough that it will be a while before we return to the Punch Line.
Waste of Time – My friend and I waited in line to see Dave Chappelle on a first come first served basis. The security staff guaranteed us that we would get in and in fact cut the line off after we got into it. We thought that all was good. 3.5 hours later and apparently their staff has miscalculated and 10-12 of us who were guaranteed entry are denied. To add insult to injury the staff was extremely rude and condescending after they had guaranteed us that we would get in. This club is a joke. I would never go back and would not recommend this place to my worst enemy.
This comedy Club is missing the Comedy; the staff is very rude.
The waiter felt the need to explain to us what sparking water was. I will never go back.
Unacceptable – My friend purchased 4 tickets over a week ago for last night's show. He provided them with his credit card to "purchase" the tickets. We show up for the 8pm show at 8:05pm only to be rudely informed by their staff that "we had to give your tickets away because you are late". They then proceeded to rudely ask us to "step aside" so they can seat a party of 5 who arrived after us. Of course we asked them why they didn't give away their seats and were informed that for groups of 5 or more the tickets are pre-purchased. If our tickets weren't pre-purchased then why are they asking for a credit card when you call in to buy them? This place is poorly run and the staff was extremely rude and unprofessional. I wouldn't go back on a bet.
Cramped – THe seating arrangements stink in this place, and the reviews about the staff are pretty accurate. They are a bit pushy, but you are there to have a good time so it does not really matter. I have been here about 3 times because I really like the comedians. THe one thing I really appreciate is the ease of ordering tickets and how friendly and helpful they are on the phone.
2 drinks if you can get them – I found the staff here very pushy. I was there for an hour and still couldn't get my second drink. When I went up the bar to try to get a drink and I was told that I couldn't do that. The set-up of the club is nice and the comics can be very good but they need to upgrade the service.
Famous yucksters, and those who hope to be, knock 'em dead at this comedy club in the Financial District. – The Scene
Located upstairs in a slightly confusing high-rise complex, this space offers an intimate setting to see top-flight comedians. Just past the surprisingly strict security and ticket takers, the club opens to a showroom layout with cocktail tables, parquet-wood floors and raised areas in the wings. Onstage, a whimsical mural of San Francisco provides a backdrop. Sight lines are clear throughout and the comics are close enough to pick on audience members.
Nationally known comics like Margaret Cho and Bobby Slayton are regulars here. On off-nights, unknowns hone their craft with hilarious results (or, sometimes painfully bomb). The two-drink minimum is always in effect and servers push items like nachos and sandwiches from the menu. A great place for a date or group outing.
Best of the Bay – The best comedy club in the Bay Area. The talents are amazing. I'd recommend anyone to go there even though you don't know who's playing. The waitstaff is courteous and prompt unlike other comedy clubs I've been to. I love the atmosphere, it gives a much more personal feeling to it.
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