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Bender's Bar & Grill

Bender's Bar & Grill

Dive Bar and Burger Joint$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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    Has a stamp of approval from SF Weekly and SFist
    • SF Weekly
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  • Tips
    "weekly specials like Whiskey Wednesdays and Mojito Mondays"(4 Tips)
    Joey C.
    "Two pool tables, Pliny the Elder on tap and cheap drinks."(4 Tips)
    Kat G.
    "Pinball machines, pool, tasty burgers and good beer"(3 Tips)
    "Two pool tables and a great beer and cocktail list."(10 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon108 Tips and reviews
  • tater tots
  • pool tables
  • beer
  • vegetarian food
  • pinball
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  • Alex G.heart icon on user image
    Alex GronbachJanuary 26, 2018
    You can bring your dog in to sit at a table with you, and they have a hanging bike rack for your ride. While the bar is cash only, the grill has reasonably priced food and accepts credit cards!
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 25, 2017
    For the meat-inclined, the Bloody Mary at Bender's has you covered. In addition to the wonderful pickled green beans and various dressings, the bartenders plop a stick of beef jerky in the drink. Read more
  • Becherovka Voyager
    Becherovka VoyagerSeptember 4, 2013
    When they say bar and grill, Bender's really means it. Dip your fingers into something delicious to go along with that fancy Becherovka cocktail and music at the intimate live stage.
  • Eugene K.heart icon on user image
    Eugene KimNovember 26, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    Probably the bar I have been to the most in SF. Pool tables, great beer selection (good value - served in imperial pint glasses), and a popup kitchen for dinner (get the burger + mac and cheese!).
  • TK-421
    TK-421August 8, 2018
    CD jukebox sets the vibe. The grill has THE BEST FUCKING CHICKEN WINGS PERIOD! No tips on those droids though.
  • Ali U.heart icon on user image
    Ali Uro-MayJune 5, 2018
    One of the best dive bars in the Mission. Dog friendly, great greasy food, good drink prices, a nice small patio out back, and pool table.
  • Karen B.
    Karen BApril 14, 2015
    I am really amazed by the fact that they have amazing waiting services in here, they have so many great food in here as well. They have a good choice when it comes to booze as well!
  • Andrew
    AndrewMay 2, 2013
    So this place is awesome. Especially on Wed. BUT when we were there, special food was a pulled pork burrito with slaw and sweet potato fries INSIDE. Bomb. And of course tots on the side.
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JacobowitzAugust 7, 2014
    Got the burger with bacon and jalapeños! So good! Rest of the menu looked crazy! Cheap awesome beer. Really cool vibe!
  • Kristin O.
    Kristin O'BrienJune 18, 2013
    Cheap drinks! Bartenders are very good to you if you're good to them. Bartender that looks like Matthew Lillard recommended the tic tac bomb (jager, orange juice, orange vodka). It was superb.
  • Joey C.heart icon on user image
    Joey CombsApril 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Two pool tables, Pliny the Elder on tap and cheap drinks. Also it is cash only so keep that in mind.
  • George K.heart icon on user image
    George KellyJuly 15, 2015
    Their malt liquor tallboys can sneak up on you. Call ahead to check what time the grill closes. Last-Fridays punk rock 'n' schlock karaoke!
  • Laura S.
    Laura SenchMay 4, 2013
    Ride your bike inside to hang up, or bring your dog. Very easy going. Good pool tables, back patio, cheap beers. Looks like they have food at night too.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.December 20, 2013
    Great burger w/ tots. Ask for their delicious BBQ sauce on the side. Pool table, photo booth, tv, $5 shot +PBR on Wednesdays.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksNovember 21, 2014
    Head to Bender's and order the Whiskey Business Burger. Pair it with an order of tator tots and a beer to round out the perfect meal. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistJune 24, 2015
    The Bender's jukebox features a range of soul, post-punk, and Hendrix for your pool-playing pleasure. Read more
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyJune 1, 2012
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Place to Overdo Dairy (Savory Variety). This loud grotto has some great beer on draft (including Pliny the Elder), and a menu than runs to the… Read more
  • Christian B.heart icon on user image
    Christian BakerNovember 25, 2015
    Appropriately grimy without bring filthy, so exactly my kind of joint. Good beers and a kitchen make it a place to stick around for a while.
  • MetroWize
    MetroWizeFebruary 28, 2012
    Enter Bender's to fulfill that gritty void in your life. With $2 PBR, $5 margaritas, and weekly specials like Whiskey Wednesdays and Mojito Mondays - this is one spot that'll challenge your sobriety. Read more
  • Kat G.
    Kat GusApril 19, 2014
    Great authentic American bar. Pinball machines, pool, tasty burgers and good beer
  • Hernan J.heart icon on user image
    Hernan JaramilloNovember 22, 2019
    Say yes to the music played here but most important go for a bloody mary and be surprised w/ the beef jerky thrown in.... now beat that
  • Bikash M.heart icon on user image
    Bikash MishraMay 24, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the last standing true dive bars left in the Mission. Cash only and Pliny the Elder on tap Year round!!
  • Bikash M.heart icon on user image
    Bikash MishraOctober 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a great spot to grab Pliny the Elder year round on tap. Remember, cash only.
  • Michael A.heart icon on user image
    Michael AldereteMay 11, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer, whiskey, tots (and anything else from the kitchen). One stop shopping for a Friday night binge.
  • Heather T.heart icon on user image
    Heather TerrellNovember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Their vegetarian sandwiches are probably the best accompaniment to beer in the Bay Area. Great bar all around.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 3, 2013
    — stiff drink in a mercifully concept-free atmosphere w room to sit down. tasty beer selection, tater tots, tacos to die for.
  • Caitlin S.heart icon on user image
    Caitlin SalzbergJanuary 30, 2015
    Really cool hangout spot! Cheap beer and clean bathrooms! :)
  • SFist
    SFistNovember 21, 2016
    Perhaps The City’s only jukebox offering Mac Dre's Back N Da Hood Recorded Live from Fresno County Jail alongside Dolly Parton Super Hits. Read more
  • GT B.
    GT BarryNovember 18, 2012
    The Leather Tongue and Mission Records signs preserved on side wall are priceless and precious. Too bad techno yuppie knobs like you don't appreciate them.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Divy San Francisco bar. You can hang your bike inside. Two pool tables and a great beer and cocktail list. Weird fish in the evening. -Laurine Wickett, Top Chef
  • Mary Kay C.heart icon on user image
    Mary Kay ChinApril 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Bent burger for dayz. And the kitchen has a new menu, with lots of vegan options.
  • Jennifer B.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer BurlingtonApril 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Pliny the Elder on draft! Damn good bar food, with awesome vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Vivian W.heart icon on user image
    Vivian WangJuly 5, 2015
    Poutine night the first Sunday of every month!
  • Coni
    ConiAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Grilled Cheesus Christ with bacon is extremely delicious. You can't beat Texas Toast.
  • Sahil D.heart icon on user image
    Sahil DesaiJuly 20, 2015
    Great selection of local beers, but the clientele can be, um, interesting.
  • Alice M.heart icon on user image
    Alice MJanuary 8, 2017
    Awesome beer selection & the people and vibes are the opposite of pretentious
  • Melon L.heart icon on user image
    Melon LMarch 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best tater tots in SF. Get the grilled mac & cheese sandwich.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LobatoDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to hang with your buddies.. Horrible place to meet ladies. I would advise other locations as they are non-existent here
  • Megan Allisonheart icon on user image
    Megan AllisonJuly 17, 2016
    Whiskey at great prices, chill vibes, oddly cavernous
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HofffmanAugust 25, 2015
    They have a great dog friendly, dog-friendly outdoor!
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CrawfordMarch 9, 2014
    Mac and cheese grilled cheese, tots and Pliny... What else do you need in life really?
  • Alasdair S.
    Alasdair ScottOctober 27, 2012
    You'll come for Pliny the Elder on tap and stay for the loose chicks.
  • Jaymie R.
    Jaymie R.June 6, 2012
    Ask for tator tots with bacon and cheese form the cute kitchen slave. Fucking good.
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 10, 2011
    Up for some daytime drinking at the best bar in San Francisco? Swing by Bender's on Saturdays around 2 p.m. and settle in for a boozy afternoon (the kitchen opens around 4:30). Read more
  • Jennifer Y.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer YipFebruary 9, 2016
    2 pool tables and $5 beers! Also, jagermeister on tap.
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ ODecember 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Dogs are allowed as long as they're on a leash.
  • Alex S.heart icon on user image
    Alex SilarajsApril 26, 2022
    Been here 5+ times
    Great bar. Order some tots.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HofffmanAugust 26, 2015
    dog friendly, dog-friendly outdoor space
  • Joseph B.heart icon on user image
    Joseph BleckmanApril 29, 2023
    Friendly bouncers. Nice bartender too.
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 31, 2012
    I am in love with their live rock on the weekends (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
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