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Madrone Art Bar

Madrone Art Bar

Bar, Nightclub, and Art Gallery$$$$
Alamo Square, San Francisco
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  • Andrés P.
    "Amazing motown mondays!"(8 Tips)
    Eater
    "Points for drinks like the Steve McQueen with Bulleit"(3 Tips)
    holmac
    "monday night soul night is so much fun :)"(2 Tips)
    Ava
    "always a fun night of dancing here, great vibe, drinks are cash only"(18 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2013
    Points for drinks like the Steve McQueen with Bulleit, punt e mes and barrel-aged bitters. Points for the quirky rotating art and nightly jams. Extra credit for not having an ounce of pretension.
    Upvoted May 12
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 27, 2012
    The first Saturday of the month features a Prince and MJ Experience. Go for a showdown that really brings in the boogie-down dance crew, all of whom come to worship at the altar of the kings of pop. Read more
  • Raj S.
    Raj S.August 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The cocktails can be expensive, but it's still a great bar nonetheless. Turns into a fun dance spot on weekend nights but I enjoy an after work libation here all the time. Good place to meet friends.
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite bars with the best bartenders. Drink the lola and dance the night away on Motown on Mondays. Don't leave without a photobooth stop located near the entrance.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsJune 14, 2016
    Cash Only dive bar with good DJs and dancing on certain nights. The dance floor happens to be in front of the toilets so take care of your toilet needs before arriving. Oh yeah, there's art too.
  • Emily S.
    Emily ShebakOctober 15, 2013
    Great cocktails here. Try an Ike Turner - shot of Hennessy and a slap in the face. Or for a more respectable cocktail, the Lola cocktail was delish.
  • Noah R.
    Noah ReiterApril 1, 2013
    Spike's Mic Night on Sundays is a chill open mic for musicians. Awesome drinks, great service, good crowd and a couple of French Bulldogs roaming around.
  • AskMen
    AskMenSeptember 3, 2010
    The bartenders are friendlier & the crowd is a lot more local. Plus, the décor is AK-47-heavy but fun. Sunday nights, where the live jazz is free, is a mellow way to wind down. Read more
  • Fred S.
    Fred Stevens-SmithNovember 13, 2015
    Usually super great, fun, unpretentious crowd. Few sour-faced yuppies, many happy dancers. Come early in the night, shit gets intense later on.
  • josh r.
    josh rudnerDecember 22, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Great rotating happy hour specials and a fantastic cocktail menu. Not to mention one of the best overall liquor selections in the city.
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 31, 2012
    Love the vintage furniture inside. Love the Dj's they have here. They play great music and are super friendly (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • David Z.
    David ZhangJune 12, 2014
    Motown Mondays! Get there before 10 so you're not waiting in line. Tons of cocktails... The Lola is quite refreshing.
  • Avenue Live
    Avenue LiveSeptember 25, 2013
    Spike's Mic Night is one of the best in the city! Every Sunday from 4-9:30, sign ups start at 3:30
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan MissenMay 15, 2011
    I love the scene but don't think it's worth the $5-10 cover if they have it. Try Bar 821, Fly Bar, or Mini Bar a few blocks north on Divis.
  • dan h.
    dan hobbsJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    when the place is empty, its got a great vibe. but it fills up very fast and that changes everything. (why do they try to make a line outside?)
  • joanne
    joanneFebruary 4, 2010
    great selection of booze and neat interior. check out the house-infused vodkas. decent live music. cash only. a chill cross-section of san francisco life. too bad they close at midnight.
  • Andy J.
    Andy JiangAugust 19, 2014
    Fun spot. Mostly dudes, as is 99% of SF.
  • Jesse
    JesseOctober 11, 2015
    Cool art, interesting drinks, and good for dancing! Liked the vibe
  • Deepak S.
    Deepak ShrivastavaMay 14, 2013
    INCOMPARABLE Monday nights....MoTown Mondays mixed with hip hop samples -- nowhere else to go. Don't miss it. Done.
  • David H.
    David HuSeptember 19, 2014
    Hipster-feeling place with good music, dancing, and cocktail list. Might be a small cover?
  • SillyCamilly
    SillyCamillyJuly 25, 2011
    "Leave A Drink For A Friend": Think of me! :D ->You can buy a drink for a friend, it's written down on a chalkboard with yr name, their name (mine) and the name of the drink you bought for them.
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 29, 2010
    Almost everything at Madrone is created by artists, from the eclectic design of the space, and the works on display, to the production of each night’s events.
  • Maria A.
    Maria AthenaMarch 3, 2015
    Never disappointed with the music here. Local djs and lots of dancing even on weeknights
  • David R.
    David RuizApril 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    check out the same Djs wednesdays in SOMA at Mr.Smiths. every Wednesday 7-close is soul night with amazing cocktails. 7th at market
  • Ava
    AvaMay 31, 2016
    always a fun night of dancing here, great vibe, drinks are cash only
  • Carolina M.
    Carolina MadridJuly 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Contemporary art alongside fresh cocktails. Try the cucumber drink - so refreshing! Read more
  • John W.
    John WhippleApril 6, 2011
    Come on Tuesday nights for some incredible live boogaloo jazz by Steppin - highly recommended!
  • Graham H.
    Graham HarbisonMarch 30, 2013
    Their photo booth takes credit cards, but the bar is strictly cash-only!
  • Kian L.
    Kian LaviMay 16
    I had a bad night here once, but so many people have told me that they have epic Motown nights and jazz nights
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinNovember 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Dancing. Music. Fun art. Check the schedule. It's a scene on the weekends. And Mondays.
  • Charlie V.
    Charlie VolpeAugust 18, 2012
    Allie, the bartender, was really nice and fun to chat with.
  • Tone M.
    Tone MosleyMay 16, 2016
    Dive bar with good size dance floor & DJ. Drinks not over priced. Can get crowded.
  • Greg Z.
    Greg ZhovreboffFebruary 26, 2010
    Now that it has a full liquor license, get there at 4 (if the right bar tender is working) and hang out with some locals. Screw the chalk boards... just get a drink.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonMarch 13, 2016
    The art here is outstanding. Very cool space by day.
  • Megan Allison
    Megan AllisonJanuary 22
    Steve McQueen and a dance party. Bring lots of cash; looks like a dive but isn't priced accordingly.
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestOctober 19, 2011
    We love their music selection! And their Lolita cocktails
  • Allen R.
    Allen RomeroOctober 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    stopped in on friday for 90's night. good vibe. good people. bringing you back.
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterNovember 5, 2015
    DJs can be a not great with requests, but they have $4 beers that aren't PBR.
  • Nick R.
    Nick RobinsonAugust 1, 2013
    a really great place to watch dudes in fedoras get grinded on by white girls?? i guess??
  • Amy Z.
    Amy ZiariNovember 13, 2013
    Order the Ike Turner and they will slap you with your order.
  • Celina C.
    Celina CordovaAugust 4, 2013
    He ordered me a Spanish Harlem because I'm a Spanish girl, original. Take pics with strangers who like your purple hair and 'rad' eyes. Wait for the base drop...
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinFebruary 14, 2015
    Nice place, could use more seats for the nights you're not dancing.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has great music, terrible drinks, and generally good dance parties.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel ChivardiFebruary 8, 2015
    dear madrone, you are so weird, just like me. i love you. specially on tuesday nights
  • amelia
    ameliaDecember 12, 2010
    Try the aguardiente most days! But avoid this place on a weekend like the plague 'less you like colar shirts.
  • Gunnar H.
    They have the friendliest most prestigious AK-47 you can find.
  • Sai M.
    Sai MadhavanOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come on a sunday for an funk jazz awesomeness
  • Joe B.
    Joe BertinoFebruary 3, 2011
    Come on Sunday for a happy meal: $3 fernet & $2 PBR
  • Tira J.
    Tira JohnsonNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Sunday through Wednesday are the best nights. See you there!
  • Kristin G.
    Kristin GraffMay 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Fringe, the indie music video dance party every 3rd Saturday, free before 10pm! Read more
  • Carina A.
    Carina AndersenMarch 26, 2015
    Go to MOM; Motown Mondays. Sweaty dancefloor and Ike Turner drink specials.
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BaerJuly 17, 2014
    Burt Reynolds movie playing in the back, he's a sexy beast💑
  • Ben D.
    Ben DrozAugust 26, 2014
    Party still going #MondayNightParty #MotownonMondays #SF
  • Max O.
    Max OhmFebruary 5, 2013
    Motown on Mondays is jumpin every week!
  • Cristina H.
    Cristina HolmesNovember 4, 2011
    Sangria xoxo and 5$ pizzas during happy HR
  • Shannon C.
    Shannon CoulsonJanuary 20, 2016
    Motown Mondays!
  • Miles S.
    Miles SkorpenSeptember 9, 2014
    Loud, packed, with poor beer selection. A dive club, maybe? Lots of better options in the neighborhood.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PlutzerSeptember 21, 2014
    80s music and cool vibe
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoselleSeptember 11, 2010
    favorite. ever. great music. funny movies. and of course, Death and Taxes.
  • Andrés P.
    Andrés PortilloJanuary 14, 2015
    Amazing motown mondays!
  • Deon N.
    Deon NashFebruary 19, 2015
    they are absolutely the best.  Read more
  • marlboro c.
    Selling cheap Marlboro cigarettes Marlboro cigarettes wholesale Read more
  • Eric Z.
    Eric ZoppiMay 10, 2012
    Great specials and live music
  • Marjorie B.
    Marjorie BarengAugust 10, 2012
    The odds are good.. but the goods are odd. Hit meh!
  • courtney s.
    courtney sextonMarch 28, 2009
    Divisadero Art Walk - Selected Thursday evenings at multiple venues on Divisadero street between Geary and Haight. Madrone is about in the middle of the walk on Fell.
  • Tom H.
    Tom HJune 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ike Turner is real.
  • Ben M.
    Ben McChesneyAugust 19, 2014
    Cocktails and dancing.
  • EC
    ECDecember 13, 2011
    Motown Mondays...best time to come
  • marlboro c.
    Ray-Ban Sonnenbrillen, Sonnenbrillen billig verkauf Ray-Ban Read more
  • Nic N.
    Nic NeinkenNovember 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Motown Monday too many times to count
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AdamsFebruary 20, 2011
    Once a month Saturday fringe is amazing!
  • Cesar T.
    Cesar TorresJune 13, 2011
    Pre-pay for and leave your best friend (or worst enemy) an "Ike Turner" for pickup.
  • Paul P.
    Paul PoppletonMarch 18, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a infused vodka drink. I like the Lola or just cucumber vodka with some soda and a lime.
  • John L.
    John LagoJanuary 18, 2015
    Steve McQueen. Sam spade
  • Sammy S.
    Sammy SamoanoAugust 26, 2011
    Everything goes until the door close..
  • Nick B.
    Nick BryanNovember 8, 2010
    order the ike turner. a drink like none other. =)
  • Seth B.
    Seth BermanJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Crowd tends to be young. Sean Penn was here.
  • Henrik B.
    Henrik BjerkeJanuary 21, 2014
    Motown Mondays!!!
  • Mary C.
    Mary CatherineDecember 6, 2015
    Get up and dance
  • Kelly .
    Kelly 🍰October 22, 2012
    $5 drafts!
  • holmac
    holmacJuly 24, 2010
    monday night soul night is so much fun :)
  • Miller
    MillerMay 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Look at the walls
  • Athena
    AthenaSeptember 10, 2012
    Allows dogs
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SinnFebruary 14, 2010
    I'll give you a dollar if you have a shot of the "face melting shot"!
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 30, 2010
    The soundtrack to our lives.
  • eM L.
    eM LeMay 23, 2010
    they have absinthe, if you're into that...
  • Alex S.
    Alex Silarajs1 week ago
    Been here 10+ times
    Too crowded on the weekends.
  • Alex B.
    Alex Brant-ZawadzkiJune 17, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the Gimlets!
  • Tom W.
    Tom WSeptember 30, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here late, order like five greyhounds, and fucking party
  • Kelsey M.
    Kelsey MorrisonMarch 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a Lola cocktail
  • Aniela T.
    Aniela TaFebruary 4, 2010
    Check out the monthly disco party 'Grow Up' :)
  • Lindsey T.
    Lindsey TrowbridgeMarch 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Dirty Sanches
  • Derek B.
    Derek BradleyJune 9, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    leave me a drink on the drink board.
  • Catalina F.
    Catalina FravegaOctober 26, 2014
    Un pequeño lugar con grandes fiestas. La música es muy buena, no paras de bailar. Buena barra, bastante completa.
  • John V.
    John VarsAugust 2, 2009
    miller high life can = champagne du bieres
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