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Elbo Room

Elbo Room

(Now Closed)
Bar, Rock Club, and Night Club$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • Russell Allen E.
    Russell Allen EsmusAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best happy hour for beer in San Francisco - and it lasts until 9p. You can beat it. Friendly enough staff. They feature pinball and a photo booth. They project movies on the bak wall. Super cool.
  • Eli H.heart icon on user image
    Eli HickoxMarch 10, 2016
    Great bar! Disco dance floor upstairs! They make a good Manhattan and their house cocktails are a bit fruity, but still good.
  • SFist
    SFistOctober 17, 2014
    The Elbo Room deserves a mention for $2 special draft beers during happy hour, discount cocktails and a bank of pinball machines that you can use to take out the day's aggression. Read more
  • Russell Allen E.
    Russell Allen EsmusMarch 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Seriously, one of the best happy hour spots in the mission. This place has a cool vibe, a photo booth, arcade games, a dj, and get this… you can get a pint of good beer for $3.50 until 9pm!
  • Shagun A.heart icon on user image
    Shagun AulakhNovember 6, 2014
    I never go for the bar downstairs. It's all about the live music, or djs going on upstairs. Expect crowds, lots of marijuana smoke, and a diverse crowd. Usually someone there with no deodorant. :-)
  • Len B.heart icon on user image
    Len B.August 21, 2015
    I liked the place since the first moment I saw it, music was great, they have pinball machines. But the service took all the charm away. It took 20 minutes before the not busy bar tender came back.
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MowreyMay 11, 2015
    Cheap and strong cocktails. They host events upstairs, but get there an hour early because they never have enough chairs and if you're short you'll never see the stage
  • T S.heart icon on user image
    T SripunJanuary 12, 2015
    Crowded on a friday night but some space to move and find a place to talk w/friends. Good crowd + staff was friendly. Quick to get a drink at the bar. Dancing upstairs had a $5 cover.
  • ᴡ Y.
    ᴡ YoungSeptember 30, 2013
    My favorite bar in SF, great booze at a good price, and all people here are young and good looking, an awesome place to hang out!!
  • Emily K.heart icon on user image
    Emily KaneMarch 22, 2015
    Pretty consistently packed, if you can snag a table for you and your gal pals, do it. Otherwise you're bound to be in someone's way at all times.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 30, 2012
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Winner – Editorial Pick – Best Place to Feel the Riddim DJ Sep Ghadishah has put on the Sunday night Dub Mission party at the Elbo Room for more than 15 years. As local... Read more
  • Leon
    LeonJuly 30, 2012
    Go for the Speakeasy Prohibition Draft. Nice drop!! Get in early after a Delores park visit and get a seat at the bar and enjoy the super smooth soul tunes..
  • Kian L.heart icon on user image
    Kian LaviApril 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    When it's not packed, a great place to chill, play some pinball, and knock back a few cheap drinks.
  • erinsauceheart icon on user image
    erinsauceDecember 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If you like 60s music, then you'll love Soul Party. Wear your vintage best and get ready to dance!
  • safia r.heart icon on user image
    safia rJuly 13, 2017
    Love the atmosphere. Drinks are reasonably priced and good for the price. Go here for the ambience.
  • Christian B.heart icon on user image
    Christian BakerFebruary 8, 2016
    Cheap drinks are good. Cheap drinks that are too cool for you aren't. Can get packed nuts to butts in here. Still, better a quasi-dive than another Mission craft cocktail nightmare.
  • Naomi N.heart icon on user image
    Naomi NesJuly 29, 2018
    Love the pinball, retro feel. Very dark inside, so you have to like that sort of thing.
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 26, 2012
    Cute little spot that is a fun little nook in the mission. Live music upstairs on the weekends (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly StrodlJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Actually a large venue, but once the mod dancing gets started upstairs, that's all you'll have. Photobooth in the back. Read more
  • Kyle B.heart icon on user image
    Kyle BrazilOctober 6, 2014
    Live music upstairs. Pinball in the back. Strong drinks. Moscow Mules come in pint glasses.
  • Renée V.heart icon on user image
    Renée VargasFebruary 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A solid Mission staple. Bring quarters for pinball machines. Bar is cash only
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 3, 2013
    Hip mission bar and music venue with a communist theme. Bar downstairs, music venue upstairs.
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RoodmanJuly 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Former beloved neighborhood spot with good beers and pinball. Now the former location of Mission Condos.
  • :)
    :)September 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to see live music, make sure you have cash on hand for the cash only bar. Good drinks and prices still.
  • Adriana P.heart icon on user image
    Cool place! Videogames! Vintage and beautiful! Happy hour until 9 pm! Beers 3 bucks!
  • Andrew H.heart icon on user image
    Andrew HarveyJanuary 29, 2015
    Great bar. Good beers. Hard to get a seat on a Friday night though.
  • Seana M.
    Seana MickolsNovember 17, 2010
    They have a great selection of pinball tables and their Adams Family table is in better condition than any other AF table I've played in the city!
  • Carl P.
    Carl PetroffJuly 28, 2013
    Free wifi and excellent happy hour specials. Place is hot. Muy, muy caliente.
  • H F.
    H FDecember 29, 2009
    East Bay crowd. Hendrick's and Tonic. Classic Pimm's Cup. It's usually free to go upstairs at around 1 a.m., so if you're already lit and wanna' shake your ass with some Castro Valley girls who don't
  • Angie H.heart icon on user image
    Angie HAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love their spiked blueberry lemonade. I also love taking drunk photos in the photo booth.
  • Pranay S.heart icon on user image
    Pranay SethiJanuary 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have ever wondered what that weird artsy movie about a rat and a bear is, it's called The Right Way. Quite a gem!
  • Philip J.
    Philip JordanMay 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out DJ Lucky's Soul Party every 1st and 3rd Sat night upstairs. Classic 60's soul in The Mission...awesome.
  • Lia P.
    Lia PerezMay 8, 2011
    Once a month there's an awesome 60's soul party upstairs. Formal attire will get you a discount for the cover. Awesome place.
  • Jori L.
    Jori LNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Easy going bar on Valencia. Playing a game of Ms. Pacman or Galaga with beers is the best there is.
  • MetroWize
    MetroWizeFebruary 28, 2012
    Venture upstairs for the rowdier goods with regular Afrobeat, Dub, and Soul Parties weekly in addition to plenty of live acts and DJ nights to keep folks dancing all week. Read more
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    FrankAugust 7, 2014
    I loved the weekly Afrolocious residency and the cheap yet tasty drinks
  • Dens
    DensJanuary 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    5 pinball machines in the back, but the lighting is kind of junk. Beware of The Simpsons machine as the tilt fucked up and it's set to be really stingy on free balls.
  • Harriet R.heart icon on user image
    Harriet RuffNovember 13, 2015
    Pretttttty busy but good atmosphere and music! Fun crowd!
  • c b.
    c bJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    the tilt setting on the iron man pinball table is very unforgiving--one good shake and I was out.
  • Daveheart icon on user image
    DaveJune 14, 2015
    Half the pinball machines are unreliable so you an probably get free games
  • Jake R.
    Jake RozinJune 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to dress up for Soul Party night! You'll pay half price cover. And the music is great.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 16, 2012
    Get your night started here, or stay on to catch a gig. The super-long happy hour is a treat.
  • David ☕️ K.heart icon on user image
    David ☕️ KleinNovember 29, 2014
    Great spot for pinball and beer after dinner at Monk's Kettle.
  • Ben W.heart icon on user image
    Ben WeinerJuly 18, 2013
    Pacman machines in view of the band at the back. My kind of place.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TrewOctober 12, 2011
    A cool Seattle type place in a Minneapolis neighborhood with a Miami vibe. Very Atlanta.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HFebruary 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best happy hour in the Mission. Good tunes, pinball, great drinks. What more could you want?
  • Casey O.
    Casey O'BrienApril 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Simpsons Pinball machine is broken and by some miracle it never ends your game. PLAY IT!
  • Jesse A.heart icon on user image
    Jesse AtkinsonDecember 31, 2013
    Cash only. Very busy. Decent vibe. They jack up the music way to loud the later it gets.
  • Quinteinheart icon on user image
    QuinteinApril 12, 2017
    Very dark place but goof place to grab a few drinks. Men's restroom only has urinal stalls FYI
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriOctober 14, 2014
    Nice place for a drink, I'm told it gets very busy on weekends
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