The Starry Plough is an Irish pub, legendary live music venue and kitchen that offers delicious, locally sourced comfort food. It's been a staple of the East Bay scene since 1973. With deep roots as an Irish Revolutionary watering hole, the history of protest runs as deep today as it did when we opened four decades ago.
We have entertainment 7 days a week and feature truly talented, interesting and inspiring artists from the Bay Area and beyond.
We're pleased to have hosted and continue to present artists such as:
Cake, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Alex Chilton, ALBINO!, Amendola vs. Blades, Ani DiFranco, Antioquia, Ash Reiter, Asylum Street Spankers, Baby Gramps, Brian Belknap, Big Light, Bitch, Big Sandy & his Fly-Rite Boys, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Jeff Buckley, California Honeydrops, Ralph Carney, Guy Clark, George Cole, Country Joe McDonald, Damnations TX, Bart Davenport, Dead Rock West, Dead Winter Carpenters, Quinn DeVeaux, disappear fear, Mark Eitzel, Extra Classic, Faun Fables, Foxborough Hot Tubs, Foxtails Brigade, Floating Action, Front Country, David Gans, Mark Growden, He's My Brother, She's My Sister, Jesca Hoop, Hot Buttered Rum, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Will Kimbrough, Jim Lauderdale, Little Wings, Erin McKeown, Cheyenne Mize, Monte Montgomery, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Old 97’s, Or, the Whale, Paige & the Thousand, Parenthetical Girls, Polkacide, Chuck Prophet, Rambling Jack Elliott, Jonathan Richman, Amy Rigby, Rosin Coven, SleepyTime Gorilla Museum, Social Studies, Song Preservation Society, Moe! Staiano, Tempest, Tender Mercies, The Brothers Comatose, The Bye Bye Blackbirds, The Counting Crows, The Devil Makes Three, The Donkeys, The Gibson Brothers, The Family Crest, The Japonize Elephants, The Moore Brothers, The Mother Hips, The Naked Barbies, The Orange Peels, The Stone Foxes, Truckstop Honeymoon, Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, Emily Jane White, Bernie Worrell and countless other talented musicians.
In everything we do, we hold dear the motto that we proudly present as the center of our establishment.
"No Revolutionary movement is complete without its poetic expression. If such a movement has caught hold of the imagination of the masses, they will seek a vent in song for the aspirations, fears, and hopes the loves and hatreds engendered by the struggle. Until the movement is marked by the joyous , defiant singing of revolutionary songs, it lacks one of the most distinctive marks of a popular revolutionary movement; it is the dogma of the few and not the faith of the multitude"
-James Connolly 1907