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Bender's Bar & Grill

Bender's Bar & Grill

Bar, Burger Joint, and Dive Bar$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • MetroWize
    "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)
    Micha H.
    "Get the fried seitan and hang your bike if you got one"(4 Tips)
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  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 25
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • George K.
    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!
  • AskMen
    AskMenDecember 2, 2010
    Here, the bartenders are cool if you're cool to them, the menu includes whisky burgers and mac and cheese, and there's even a little smoking porch for those so inclined. Read more
  • 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
  • Kat G.
    Kat GusApril 19, 2014
    Great authentic American bar. Pinball machines, pool, tasty burgers and good beer
  • SFist
    SFistJune 24, 2015
    The Bender's jukebox features a range of soul, post-punk, and Hendrix for your pool-playing pleasure. Read more
  • 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.
  • Heather T.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Joey C.
    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.
  • 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
  • Christian B.
    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.
  • Bikash M.
    Bikash MishraOctober 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a great spot to grab Pliny the Elder year round on tap. Remember, cash only.
  • 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
  • Bikash M.
    Bikash MishraMay 24
    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!!
  • Coni
    ConiAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Grilled Cheesus Christ with bacon is extremely delicious. You can't beat Texas Toast.
  • 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
  • Caitlin S.
    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
  • Jennifer B.
    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.
    Vivian WangJuly 5, 2015
    Poutine night the first Sunday of every month!
  • Melon L.
    Melon LMarch 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best tater tots in SF. Get the grilled mac & cheese sandwich.
  • Sahil D.
    Sahil DesaiJuly 20, 2015
    Great selection of local beers, but the clientele can be, um, interesting.
  • Jaymie R.
    Jaymie R.June 6, 2012
    Ask for tator tots with bacon and cheese form the cute kitchen slave. Fucking good.
  • Alasdair S.
    Alasdair ScottOctober 27, 2012
    You'll come for Pliny the Elder on tap and stay for the loose chicks.
  • Alice M.
    Awesome beer selection & the people and vibes are the opposite of pretentious
  • Mary Kay C.
    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.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CrawfordMarch 9, 2014
    Mac and cheese grilled cheese, tots and Pliny... What else do you need in life really?
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 31, 2012
    I am in love with their live rock on the weekends (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Megan Allison
    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!
  • Cesar L.
    Cesar L.December 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Tip the cook, the food is always top class and damn tasty. Perfect tater tots, yo.
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YipFebruary 9, 2016
    2 pool tables and $5 beers! Also, jagermeister on tap.
  • Charles H.
    Charles Hufnagel-DvorakApril 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The picklebacks are so very cheap, and they have a Dirty Harry pinball machine???
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HofffmanAugust 26, 2015
    dog friendly, dog-friendly outdoor space
  • Pam ☕️ O.
    Pam ☕️ ODecember 30, 2015
    Dogs are allowed as long as they're on a leash.
  • Arvind R.
    Arvind R.January 5, 2013
    Had the whiskey burger. It hit the spot.
  • Ian W.
    Ian WestcottOctober 11, 2009
    Have the chef (Justin?) fry up some fish for you. If you ask nicely he may be very generous and throw in some bacon as well.
  • Kylie F.
    Kylie FDecember 11, 2013
    There's a wall with a giant bender head.... How can't u love this place?!
  • JB D.
    JB DavisFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The pool table is fast and the food is slapping.
  • Micha H.
    Micha Hernandez van LeuffenFebruary 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the fried seitan and hang your bike if you got one
  • Michael K.
    Michael KeatingJuly 18, 2013
    New best pulled pork sandwich in SF. Awesome.
  • Niki B.
    Fried pickles. Lots of liquor for a relatively low price.
  • Andy R.
    Andy RaymondMarch 17, 2013
    Cheapest drinks in sf. And Metallica is mandatory.
  • Jeshua B.
    Jeshua BorgesMarch 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer selection and pool tables.
  • Kevin O.
    Kevin O'ConnellJune 27, 2009
    Sunday is free burgers on the grill. leave a tip in the jar for the guy cos he makes an awesome burger. buy beers so they can continue to do this.
  • Kimberly P.
    Kimberly PyeJune 2, 2013
    Don't accidentally come here when the kitchen is closed and normals are butchering Bukowksi poems while trying to get drunk.
  • Corinna P.
    Corinna PSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    DIY shot and a beer special. Pliny plus Bushmills, done and done.
  • Dustin S.
    Dustin SenosFebruary 8
    Super hipster place. Bikes hanging on the walls.
  • Doc P.
    Doc PopMarch 18, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Order an Underberg bitters with a bottle Bundaberg Ginger Beer. Poor 'em together in large glass with ice. Enjoy with a delicious bacon and whiskey infused burger from the grill.
  • Avery E.
    Avery EpsteinMay 18, 2016
    neighborhood go-to for drinks & games
  • John D.
    John DennettAugust 10, 2014
    Don't sleep on the delicious burgers!
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouMarch 17, 2015
    barbeques and burgers on sundays!
  • Travis L.
    Travis LarimerDecember 29, 2009
    The name describes this place perfectly. Order a tecate and shot of cazadores...and then another.
  • Efren B.
    Efren BarreraJune 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    My bar when I'm not at the wharf!!
  • Dave Z.
    Dave ZissouMay 5, 2012
    Avocado themed food here rules, veggie taco!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SanfordMay 13, 2014
    Pliny The Elder on tap, in pints.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamMay 10, 2014
    Great place for live rock and roll.
  • Trey C.
    Trey CruzOctober 8, 2013
    "The best place to do a shot of vinegar."
  • Paul F.
    Paul FisherMarch 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Burgers & Pliny on tap
  • Nate M.
    Nate MDecember 27, 2015
    Love the live music
  • Britt S.
    Britt SelvitelleSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    SF's best not-gross gross looking dive toilet. Go here for a poop.
  • Darren R.
    Darren RieszOctober 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Heartburn served up, though they call it pulled pork. Ouch, reach for the tums.
  • Erika K.
    Erika KaliJuly 2, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the alcohol.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BurlingtonApril 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    They have Mega Touch!
  • Clare
    ClareJanuary 12, 2015
    Clean women's restroom for a dive bar
  • cooper b.
    cooper betheaJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    west coast ipa on draft.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary Reiss-DavisJuly 14, 2011
    The perfect big dove bar with food.
  • Corinna P.
    Corinna PAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Naked photo hunt! And tater tots!
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PotgieterJuly 28, 2016
    Bent burger
  • Renée V.
    Renée VargasApril 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 tots!!!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurgMarch 5, 2016
    Whiskey Wednesdays.
  • todd
    toddOctober 26, 2012
    Makers & pabst
  • tony c.
    tony changAugust 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    For a good time, tell kevmo they're out of seitan.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BennettSeptember 27, 2009
    get the cider if you are gluten intolerant
  • Michael G.
    Michael GargasSeptember 8, 2009
    the catered sushi at benders on mondays is amazing
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DerapsDecember 31, 2009
    Perfect for us vegetarian alcoholics.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FisherMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Still serving tater-tots! Fuck the nasty Internet rumors.
  • Micah S.
    Micah SnyderMarch 18, 2009
    Whiskey Wednesday! Beer and a shot for $5, wash it all down with a bacon burger and fries.
  • Jina A.
    Jina AnneAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    photobooth!
  • Daymon D.
    Daymon De La MuertoJanuary 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    we love Kevin..DPW S/F...
  • sadia h.
    sadia harperOctober 10, 2009
    take advantage of whiskey wednesday...pbr and jameson for $5...nuf said
  • Jamie
    JamieNovember 29, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    beat the boys at pinball. (they hate it...)
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MMarch 23, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    Fried Seitan, cheap whiskey, pool tables & Bags
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RoodmanAugust 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Cheesy tots!
  • Monkey M.
    Monkey MenschMarch 31, 2009
    Any day of the week, stop by for a Beef Jerky bloody Mary and some Seitan Hells Fish
  • Tara Tiger B.
    Tara Tiger BrownMarch 5, 2009
    Go to Bender's on Monday for sushi and bring your dog.
  • Christian N.
    Christian NilesAugust 7, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    have an Elysian Esb. Creamy!
  • Nic W.
    Nic WernerAugust 11, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    get a Pliny the Elder
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