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
9.3/10

Based on 362 votes

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    Sam G.
    First Saturday (except winter) is Hard French, a queer dance party.(3 Tips)
    joulesm
    Cool dive bar with a pool table, shuffleboard, and outside patio.(4 Tips)
    Brad F.
    Go Monday night for $1 PBR and $2 well drinks!(3 Tips)
    Brendan C.
    Great outdoor space and roomy, even though it gets a ton of traffic.(22 Tips)
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  • Katie A.

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

    Katie Atwell · 1 week ago
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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 · 3 weeks ago
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  • Alfred M.

    Backyard scene and dance floor. 'Nough said

    Alfred Megally · 3 weeks ago
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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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  • A B.

    Checkout the comedy show in the back every other Monday night.

    A Ballesteros · January 15, 2013
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  • Manny D.

    I foresee Friday nights will soon going to be POPPING!

    Manny D · January 12, 2013
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  • Courtney L.

    Stop buy and try the Bloody Mary Bar. Various flavor-infused vodkas with tons and tons of fixings to enhance your libation experience!

    Courtney Lucas · November 21, 2012
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  • Katie L.

    Red Hots Burlesque- every Wednesday and Friday night

    Katie Leary · November 21, 2012
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  • E W.

    If I drank tequila, I'd get the mango margaritas here...

    E Wee · September 28, 2012
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