First, here’s the bad news: There is not a big club scene in Sausalito that mirrors what you see in San Francisco or other large cities. The old Zack’s by the Bay is long gone.
The good news: On any given evening there are several places around town where you can hear live music, and one place where you can dance in different styles on different nights of the week.
Sausalito Seahorse — Seahorse tops our list of the best places in town for singles to meet, because they have music most nights of the week and special nights for salsa, Brazilian music and other styles. They have regular group classes where you can learn new dance styles. They publish a detailed calendar so you can plan the best nights to go.
On any given night you can usually hear two or three different live performances in town, and the quality standard is very high.
The No Name Bar — Traditional small venue that goes back for decades, featuring Blues, Rock, Jazz and some eclectic mixes thereof. Ten different artists or bands will play here each week, one or two each night, and some have been drawing a loyal audience every seven days for ten or fifteen years.
Osteria Divino — Call ahead if you go Monday or Tuesday to confirm there will be performers, but they typically have at least five nights of live music every week, and sometimes they’ll cover every night. This place is such a local favorite that when a customer trying to help reposition the grand piano accidentally took out the front plate glass window, the locals pulled together a fund to pay for the replacement. I’ve heard everything from Tango to Bossa Nova to Jazz to Blues to even Classical music here.
Joe Tate’s Sausalito Nightlife Review — Information from seminal Sausalito rock and blues artist Joe Tate, who plays at different spots but most often at the No Name.
Smitty’s Bar — This is a true old-school local bar that the tourists rarely visit. Occasional live music performances.
Taste of Rome — .Occasional live music in the evening and on weekends.
The Trident — Live groups play here three times a week.
Salito’s Crab House — Offers live music some evenings.
Presidio Yacht Club — Often has bands playing for events and barbecues.