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Elbo Room

Elbo Room

Bar, Rock Club, and Nightclub$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • David ☕️ K.
    "Great spot for pinball and beer after dinner at Monk's Kettle."(30 Tips)
    Lia P.
    "Once a month there's an awesome 60's soul party upstairs."(5 Tips)
    Jori L.
    "game of Ms. Pacman or Galaga with beers"(5 Tips)
    Kian L.
    "few cheap drinks."(7 Tips)
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  • Pavan K.
    Crowded dim lit ambiance, lived the music here . Drinks were ok
  • Quintein
    QuinteinApril 12
    Very dark place but goof place to grab a few drinks. Men's restroom only has urinal stalls FYI
  • Caro S.
    Bar is ok. Drinks too. Often crowded. But not the best spot in the area.
  • Mikahla V.
    $4 beer at happy hour.
  • Pratheeksha K.
    Pratheeksha KSAugust 21, 2016
    I was manhandled by the bouncers and the staff and when I opposed that I got kicked out of the bar. All my friends were inside and it was my going away party. Shittiest experience ever.
  • Chris
    ChrisAugust 12, 2016
    Good time bar
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DantoMay 20, 2016
    Cool place
  • Kian L.
    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.
  • Eli H.
    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.
  • Pedro C.
    Nice place, but in all honesty, I don't really like music that loud.
  • Renée V.
    Renée VargasFebruary 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A solid Mission staple. Bring quarters for pinball machines. Bar is cash only
  • Sam .
    Sam 🎀February 25, 2016
    photobooth, pacman i bordene
  • Christian B.
    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.
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonJanuary 17, 2016
    So many rumors of this place closing... and yet... open?
  • Pranay S.
    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!
  • erinsauce
    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!
  • Harriet R.
    Harriet RuffNovember 13, 2015
    Pretttttty busy but good atmosphere and music! Fun crowd!
  • Jiexi C.
    Jiexi CaoAugust 29, 2015
    Solid drinks,decor,smell, etc. Just really gets warm
  • Len B.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsJune 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Half the pinball machines are unreliable so you an probably get free games
  • Ashley M.
    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
  • The Mini John
    The Mini JohnMay 9, 2015
    Kick ass Moscow Mules. The barman is quick as hell !!
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BurlingtonMay 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    They use a lot of sweet & sour in their cocktails...heartburn city here we come!
  • Emily K.
    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.
  • Jake F.
    Jake FarisMarch 20, 2015
    Strong Moscow mules and awesome tunes!
  • Ian W.
    Ian WalterFebruary 21, 2015
    Strong Moscow Mules 👍
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HarveyJanuary 29, 2015
    Great bar. Good beers. Hard to get a seat on a Friday night though.
  • T S.
    T SripunvoraskulJanuary 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.
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakDecember 5, 2014
    Sad this place is closing. Cheap drinks and lots of space/booths.
  • Ali A.
    Ali AndersonNovember 30, 2014
    Dive bar with pinball and a photo booth.
  • David ☕️ K.
    David ☕️ KleinNovember 29, 2014
    Great spot for pinball and beer after dinner at Monk's Kettle.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Yasser A.
    Yasser AhmadNovember 21, 2014
    No elbow room here
  • Shagun A.
    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. :-)
  • 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
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriOctober 14, 2014
    Nice place for a drink, I'm told it gets very busy on weekends
  • Tom N.
    Tom NashOctober 11, 2014
    Old fashioned
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BrazilOctober 6, 2014
    Live music upstairs. Pinball in the back. Strong drinks. Moscow Mules come in pint glasses.
  • James B.
    James B.September 11, 2014
    No Captain Morgan!
  • James T.
    James TAugust 13, 2014
    I had one great night here. :-)
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakAugust 11, 2014
    good photo booth
  • Elliot M.
    Elliot MarshallAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pinballs aren't well maintained and all the sounds are turned off 😞
  • Angie H.
    Angie HAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love their spiked blueberry lemonade. I also love taking drunk photos in the photo booth.
  • Frank
    FrankAugust 7, 2014
    I loved the weekly Afrolocious residency and the cheap yet tasty drinks
  • Micha H.
    Go with a beer or maybe a cocktail
  • Russell Allen E.
    Russell Allen EsmusAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ 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.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 17, 2014
    This place is super crowded and loaded with loaded people around 11pm. A necessary stop along your drunken Mission spree.
  • Brett F.
    Brett FriedmanJune 8, 2014
    Don't try to go upstairs. Door people are OBNOXIOUS .
  • 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!
  • Russell Allen E.
    Russell Allen EsmusMarch 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ 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!
  • lenny n.
    lenny naarFebruary 16, 2014
    60s Saturday dance party.
  • Smoochella S.
    Smoochella ScrumptiousFebruary 2, 2014
    Hope this place stays the same and doesn't let gentrification ruin this wonderful place. #MissionNative
  • Nagendra P.
    Nagendra PattavardhanamFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Afrolicious Thusdays.
  • X
    XJanuary 28, 2014
    Awesome sound! Trap show was soo good! ᐞ ⍭⍭⍭
  • Marielle W.
    Marielle WegenerJanuary 21, 2014
    Bartender Monica is awesome!
  • 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.
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AtkinsonDecember 31, 2013
    Cash only. Very busy. Decent vibe. They jack up the music way to loud the later it gets.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MarkellNovember 16, 2013
    This place is pretty crowded. One could say there's not a lot of "elbow room"
  • Dai S.
    Dai ShiNovember 9, 2013
    The name is fitting.
  • Lucas V.
    Lucas VernonOctober 5, 2013
    This place needs at least one bartender more - URGENTLY.
  • Cici Y.
    Cici 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!!
  • Connor H.
    Connor HayesSeptember 24, 2013
    Great dancing, stiff pours.
  • Adara F.
    Adara F.September 11, 2013
    Twilight Zone on the big screen is heavily regarded
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 3, 2013
    Hip mission bar and music venue with a communist theme. Bar downstairs, music venue upstairs.
  • Hector A.
    Hector AldanaAugust 17, 2013
    Girl at the door was very uninviting. Girl at the door did not return my money. I would rather go to other bars for better entertainment and light life
  • Adriana P.
    Cool place! Videogames! Vintage and beautiful! Happy hour until 9 pm! Beers 3 bucks!
  • Carl P.
    Carl PetroffJuly 28, 2013
    Free wifi and excellent happy hour specials. Place is hot. Muy, muy caliente.
  • Erin
    ErinJuly 26, 2013
    Pinball, Pacman, Galaga. Why the hell not.
  • Ben W.
    Ben WeinerJuly 18, 2013
    Pacman machines in view of the band at the back. My kind of place.
  • Ian
    IanJuly 13, 2013
    Don't order the pineapple caipirinha (yuck!). The beer is cheap and a better option.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CzarnyJune 22, 2013
    Trap and Witch House upstairs. Get down!
  • 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.
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan ChinMay 5, 2013
    They have pinball!
  • Xiulung
    XiulungApril 14, 2013
    The start button on Galaga seems to be stuck. I settled for Ms Pac man like a chump
  • Gene X.
    Gene XApril 2, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Do a pinball bar crawl here, at Gestalt on 16th, and Zeitgeist and Delerium.
  • Zarni K.
    Zarni KoMarch 23, 2013
    The worst speaker setup upstairs, recommend staying away from the stage upstairs
  • Kyle Z.
    Kyle ZaragozaMarch 15, 2013
    Get the fucking tall boys
  • Devo L.
    Devo LFebruary 16, 2013
    Rock that Simpsons pinball in the back room. See if you're good enough to handle Independence Day.
  • Yasi
    YasiFebruary 3, 2013
    Meh..not my cup of tea
  • Lisa N.
    Lisa NJanuary 28, 2013
    Photo booth. Duh.
  • John A.
    John AllbeeJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice lighting upstairs !
  • Jorgio C.
    Jorgio CastroJanuary 12, 2013
    Iron Man pinball is rigged. Seriously.
  • cooper b.
    cooper betheaJanuary 1, 2013
    the tilt setting on the iron man pinball table is very unforgiving--one good shake and I was out.
  • 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.
  • Kim O.
    Kim OwensOctober 19, 2012
    I've seen too many bands here to count, but the stand out shows, all in the 90s, were Catherine Wheel, Soupdragons and Garbage.
  • Felicia C.
    Felicia CarrSeptember 30, 2012
    Dark & stormies. Do it.
  • 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..
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJuly 18, 2012
    Check out the infamous $7 Moscow Mule, made with vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. It’s big, it’s delicious, and it’ll make you want to go upstairs to try out your dancing shoes. Read more
  • Timur S.
    Timur SidorovJuly 9, 2012
    Sunday dub mission.
  • 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
  • Joëlle E.
    Joëlle EidMay 29, 2012
    A little hipster, a little yuppie = exactly my style. Love this place.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoMay 1, 2012
    Have your money ready and tip well. This bar has great prices. Read more
  • 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
  • Natalia V.
    Natalia VasquezFebruary 6, 2012
    The short fugly bartender won't accept that the customer is always right don't tip jer
  • Donald W.
    Donald WilsonJanuary 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
  • Christophe L.
    Christophe LampertiJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pint size cocktails yes. But they're also not very good.And no white russian. NO WHITE RUSSIAN :/
  • Brian O.
    Brian ONeillDecember 18, 2011
    Come here if you want broken pinball machines
  • Jori L.
    Jori LalloNovember 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.
  • V-Ness L.
    V-Ness LittleNovember 11, 2011
    I think it might be a special for tonight only (Thursday, Afrofunkalicious) but $3.50 for a red stripe
  • Dalton C.
    Dalton CrosthwaitNovember 7, 2011
    Saturday night = Soul Night! Best time to be upstairs on the dance floor.
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