El Matador
492 Broadway

    When Barnaby Conrad opened this club in the fifties, it was one of the city's best jazz showcases for the 15 years that he ran it. Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Eva Gabor, Paul Newman liked to have a drink there and sit under the bull's head that was believed to had been killed by Tyrone Power in the movie Blood and Sand. Art Tatum, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmicheal, Erroll Garner, George Shearing, and Noel Coward all used to enjoy sitting in at the piano.

    Conrad sold the club in 1963 and it changed from piano to Guitar. Featured there were Bola Sete, Jose Feliciano, Charlie Byrd, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessell and Juan Serrano. They also featured some fantastic Flamenco dancers.
Name Dropping: Tales from My San Francisco Nightclub
by Barnaby Conrad

    The club closed in 1977 and man, was I sorry to see it go. I really loved that place.
At this time the site is occupied by a sushi lounge.

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