El Rio

Dive Bar and Music Venue
3158 Mission St (btwn Valencia & Cesar Chavez), San Francisco, CA 94110, United States
Hours:
Closed until 1:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 1:00 PM–2:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
No
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.2/10

Based on 419 votes

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Total Visitors
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  • What you need to know
    AFAR Media
    "Mango for the ladies and Hard French for the guys."(4 Tips)
    Rachel
    "If the killer patio is full, you can always shuffleboard!"(4 Tips)
    Jane H.
    "Every Friday Free Oysters 5:30pm, Free BBQ 7pm."(3 Tips)
    Brendan C.
    "Great outdoor space and roomy, even though it gets a ton of traffic."(25 Tips)
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  • outdoor seating
  • hard french
  • dancing
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • shuffleboard
  • live music
  • free oysters
  • happy hour
  • casual
  • good for groups
  • karaoke
  • burlesque
  • Bloody Marys
  • good for a late night
  • lively
  • margaritas
  • beer
  • great value
  • authentic
  • spacious
  • Alexander P.

    Amazingly awesome atmosphere. Love it! The live music. The pool table. The bar. Oh man.

    Alexander Patouchas · 1 day ago
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  • Bommy C.

    Not a great beer selection but the outdoor patio is fantastic.

    Bommy Cha · 1 week ago
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  • Nancy T.

    Spacious bar for dancing. Great outdoor area but it gets crowded.

    Nancy Tran · 3 weeks ago
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  • Melon L.

    Free oysters Friday's

    Melon L · July 3
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  • AFAR Media

    Their backyard is one of the best outdoors spaces to drink in town and home to many of the most frequented gay parties in San Francisco, including Mango for the ladies and Hard French for the guys. Read more

    AFAR Media · June 26
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  • Katie A.

    HH 1-8. $1 oysters on Fridays . Back patio is great. Monday has tecate for $1

    Katie Atwell · May 18
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  • SFist

    Their Margaritas and Palomas are good and strong, they sell $2 Tecates, and the bartenders are all pretty friendly and cool. Get there early to avoid a line. Read more

    SFist · May 5
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  • Alfred M.

    Backyard scene and dance floor. 'Nough said

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  • Erica J.

    With my baby, it's time to have fun

    Erica Jaye · April 26
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  • Ann C.

    Great outdoor area

    Ann Chen · April 19
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  • Bourbon🍸Explorer

    Fantastic back patio. Awesome alternative for day drinking if zeitgeist's faux blue collar crowd gets to be too much.

    Bourbon🍸Explorer · December 17, 2014
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  • Mark C.

    Great outdoor live music

    Mark Cheshire · November 20, 2014
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  • Kristina S.

    Favorite place for cheap beers and margaritas and the best crowd. Patio!

    Kristina Schneider · September 30, 2014
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  • David B.

    Outdoor. Plenty of room.

    David Bull · September 6, 2014
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  • Tom A.

    Music, beer and great crowd

    Tom A · September 6, 2014
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  • Tom A.

    Everyday is fun here but I especially enjoy Sunday Salsa! Great crowd and music.

    Tom A · August 25, 2014
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  • Greg S.

    Decent dive bar with outdoor patio. Some cool events happen here, like Berlin style ping pong.

    Greg Schechter · August 19, 2014
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  • Ty W.

    Monday Monday Monday

    Ty Wu · August 19, 2014
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  • Elizabeth A.

    Huge outdoor patio and great for live music

    Elizabeth Agnew · August 10, 2014
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  • Brendan C.

    The wait time for drinks is shockingly short--maybe the shortest in SF. Great outdoor space and roomy, even though it gets a ton of traffic.

    Brendan Curran · August 7, 2014
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  • Tim H.

    Cheep beer, good people! Check out the show calendar for something rad!

    Tim Harrison · August 7, 2014
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  • SFist

    DJ Carnita and DJ Brown Amy's Hard French, a daytime soul music party that sets out to "modernize, takeover, revamp, trick out, revive, and do up the outdoor afternoon dance party experience." Read more

    SFist · August 3, 2014
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  • Sam G.

    First Saturday (except winter) is Hard French, a queer dance party. Come before 3pm to beat the insane line.

    Sam Grossberg · July 31, 2014
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  • Millu N.

    Mondays are loved again at this place. Long line to enter, $2 dlls beer, try to arrive before 9 to avoid the line

    Millu Najera · July 28, 2014
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  • Robin M.

    They let you bring in birthday cupcakes, but they keep your license until you leave.

    Robin Means · July 26, 2014
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  • Brenna G.

    Summer Science, Neat happy hours! Go and be enlightened!

    Brenna G · June 19, 2014
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  • Raquel Q.

    Great Bar. Live music.

    Raquel Quarneri · June 9, 2014
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  • Rachel

    If the killer patio is full, you can always shuffleboard!

    Rachel · April 18, 2014
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  • Cesar P.

    Latino gay bar with a huge lovely patio. Mellow young gay and straight hipster crowd.

    Cesar Prietto · April 1, 2014
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  • Aaron R.

    Head to the patio!

    Aaron Reardon · March 29, 2014
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  • George H.

    Dollar Drinks Monday Night!

    George Hayes · March 3, 2014
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  • Heather J.

    Awesome bloody mary bar.

    Heather Johnson · February 2, 2014
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  • joulesm

    Cool dive bar with a pool table, shuffleboard, and outside patio.

    joulesm · January 29, 2014
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  • Jen C.

    This is a cash not bar.

    Jen Correia · January 19, 2014
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  • Tanja M.

    Best patio ever and pbr is $2 !!!!!!

    Tanja Milutinovic · December 22, 2013
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  • Sp C.

    The freshest tecate in town.

    Sp Clark · November 17, 2013
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  • Greater Sirens

    Don't miss our upcoming show at El Rio on Wednesday, November 6th, with Portland duo Muscle & Marrow and local punk band Sex Snobs!

    Greater Sirens · October 17, 2013
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  • Will P.

    Mucho awesomeness to be had, any day, any time.

    Will Petersen · September 24, 2013
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  • Ryan L.

    Come for a love show and be sure to enjoy the back patio.

    Ryan Leggett · August 14, 2013
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  • Brian T.

    Great people watching!

    Brian T · July 27, 2013
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  • Erik F.

    you can't beat $2 pbr

    Erik Formella · July 27, 2013
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  • Shilpi T.

    Get back to the patio. Best part of the bar!

    Shilpi Tomar · July 19, 2013
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  • Q T.

    Great place to just chill and chat. Great drink specials and hella pet friendly.

    Q Tip · July 18, 2013
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  • Zachary R.

    On a warm night, their back patio is an amazing place for a drink. Cheap, no frills, but warm with plenty of seating.

    Zachary Reiss-Davis · May 16, 2013
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  • Taka T.

    Salsa Sundays are quite nice here. Also if you get in before 3 p. m. No cover charge for salsa.

    Taka T · April 28, 2013
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  • Mitch A.

    Awesome outdoor section, have latin bands sometimes!

    Mitch Aidelbaum · April 8, 2013
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  • Courtney L.

    Some of the nicest and down-to-earth folks (staff & patrons) in the City! Stop by, enjoy a libation and possibly strike up a conversation with someone awesome! The Bloody Mary bar/buffet rocks as well

    Courtney Lucas · February 7, 2013
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  • Melissa D.

    Enjoy some beers out on the back patio!

    Melissa Dagdagan · January 27, 2013
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  • Loren M.

    Awesome outdoor space. Cheap beers. What else do you want?

    Loren Mattia · January 18, 2013
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  • Amy B.

    Dogs welcome.

    Amy B · January 15, 2013
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