Right around the Civic Center , music takes a turn for the upscale. This is the neighborhood where the ultra-rich (and not so much) classics lovers come to enjoy a night out. Acoustically renovated in 1992, Davies Symphony Hall (201 Van Ness Ave., 415/864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org ) is home to Michael Tilson Thomas’ San Francisco Symphony. Loyal patrons flock for performances that range from the classic to the avant-garde.
The War Memorial Opera House (301 Van Ness Ave., 415/621-6600, www.sfwmpac.org ), a beaux arts–style building designed by Coit Tower  and City Hall  architect Arthur Brown, Jr., houses the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet. Tours are available Mondays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.