Best of the Bay 2012: BEST ROCK ON SIXTH

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For all the underworld grittiness ascribed to the storied block of Sixth Street between Market and Mission, you'd think the guttural yowl of punk — or at least the soothing howl of good ol' rock and roll — would be an integral part of the roiling Sixth mix. And yet, can you believe it, there was nary a hole-in-the-wall live rock club there (or anywhere else in the mid-Market or downtown area for that matter) until RKRL, our very own CBGB, opened last year. The result of a collaboration between Club Six and the wild LowSF crew, RKRL has already hosted an onslaught of local and extra-local rabble-rousers, including the Devil's Own, Ruleta Rusa, the Mutilators, and Animal Games. Are we back in a world where down-and-dirty downtown rock clubs still exist? Hell yes.

52 Sixth St., SF. (415) 658-5506, www.facebook.com/RKRLSF