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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."(31 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)
    Neil F.
    "You can play Galaga 😎"(4 Tips)
148 Tips and reviews
  • pinball
  • dancing
  • soul party
  • happy hour
  • DJs
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  • Anna S.
    Anna SellemSeptember 18
    Used to like Elbo Room until Saturday when a waitress wanted me to pay twice. Not cool.
  • Vivian Z.
    Pretty bar, lively crowd, and pinball machines!
  • safia r.
    safia rJuly 13
    Love the atmosphere. Drinks are reasonably priced and good for the price. Go here for the ambience.
  • Neil F.
    You can play Galaga 😎
  • Andrés I.
    It's not just pál. It's überpál!
  • 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 CJune 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.
  • 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
    DonaldJanuary 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 $3.50 for a red stripe
  • Dalton C.
    Dalton CrosthwaitNovember 7, 2011
    Saturday night = Soul Night! Best time to be upstairs on the dance floor.
  • Murray M.
    Murray McKerlieOctober 27, 2011
    Beware the bathroom situation. Peeing fine.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HoltOctober 27, 2011
    Cash only!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SternOctober 22, 2011
    Shot and a beer. Beam and Pabst for 7$. Good. Game.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TrewOctober 12, 2011
    A cool Seattle type place in a Minneapolis neighborhood with a Miami vibe. Very Atlanta.
  • Renato V.
    Renato Valdes OlmosOctober 10, 2011
    Pinball. Nuff said.
  • Keegan Y.
    Keegan Y-VSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place to see live music, make sure you have cash on hand for the cash only bar. Good drinks and prices still.
  • Sam V.
    Sam VSeptember 20, 2011
    Went there to see the live dubstep advertised...and found a dj, playing dubstep. Pretty wack
  • elizabeth m.
    elizabeth mackeySeptember 18, 2011
    Where we spent many an afternoon, early on in our relationship playing pinball. Before we had our own pinball table.
  • Natalie S.
    Natalie SweetSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Simpsons pinball. Win forever!
  • Xian X.
    Xian XianSeptember 2, 2011
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CookAugust 22, 2011
    Next time... Dont forget to check in at dragon well.. :(. Sara, wAtch out your mayorship is in jeopardy.. Lol
  • cooper b.
    cooper betheaAugust 15, 2011
    lot of pinball tables, but sometimes they're in poor shape.
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohAugust 15, 2011
  • Carolina M.
    Carolina MadridJuly 25, 2011
    Younger San Francisco crowd and great dancing jams. Read more
  • Jed S.
    Jed ShearerJuly 17, 2011
    Dont forget to bring your night vision goggles
  • Ash P.
    Ash PedgaonkarJuly 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The only 'lounge' in the mission to chill out with a drink. Speakeasy and classy. The music is never too loud downstairs and u can hit upstairs for dance if u care!
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly StrodlJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Actually a large venue, but once the mod dancing gets started upstairs, that's all you'll have. Photobooth in the back. Read more
  • Joshua F.
    Joshua FreedmanMay 26, 2011
    Amazing pineapple caipirinha made with Sagatiba- you gotta try it!
  • Philip J.
    Philip JordanMay 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out DJ Lucky's Soul Party every 1st and 3rd Sat night upstairs. Classic 60's soul in The Mission...awesome.
  • Fox B.
    Fox BarrelMay 12, 2011
    The Fox Barrel Pear Cider is fantastic! Fermented using 100% pure pear-juice and Gluten-free!
  • Lia P.
    Lia PerezMay 8, 2011
    Once a month there's an awesome 60's soul party upstairs. Formal attire will get you a discount for the cover. Awesome place.
  • Ramsey
    RamseyMay 1, 2011
    Go upstairs on Christmas day. \m/
  • SillyCamilly
    SillyCamillyApril 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fun place to hang out at... And one of the bartenders was so so so nice!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HFebruary 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best happy hour in the Mission. Good tunes, pinball, great drinks. What more could you want?
  • Matt K.
    Matt KelmonJanuary 13, 2011
    Gallaga, pinball, photo booth, music and large cocktails...imuy bueno!
  • Sumir S.
    Sumir SainiDecember 21, 2010
    three dollar well drinks @ happy hour 6-9!
  • todd d.
    todd drakeNovember 20, 2010
    Dub Mission Sundays, get yer awesome dub with Ludichris
  • Seana M.
    Seana MickolsNovember 17, 2010
    They have a great selection of pinball tables and their Adams Family table is in better condition than any other AF table I've played in the city!
  • Bradley K.
    Bradley KamiskyNovember 9, 2010
    Possibly the darkest bar in SF so heads up....
  • Andriana (.
    Photo booth and pinball!
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SustaitaAugust 1, 2010
    One toilet for the ladies. Harsh.
  • L Y D I A
    L Y D I AJuly 29, 2010
    Shutter--once a month awesome 80s industrial dance tunes. Think the Cure and Depeche Mode. Dress your finest and shake your ass on stage.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchretterJune 4, 2010
    First floor mens toilet is occupied for the next 20 minutes. Do not disturb.
  • Grant
    GrantMarch 9, 2010
    I had girls pulling my then still long hair while dancing
  • Cory G.
    Cory GowanJanuary 10, 2010
    This is not a "East Bay Crowd," this is a SF yuppie dork crowd. But I still like it.
  • Travis L.
    Travis LarimerDecember 29, 2009
    East Bay crowd. Hendrick's and Tonic. Classic Pimm's Cup. It's usually free to go upstairs at around 1 a.m., so if you're already lit and wanna' shake your ass with some Castro Valley girls who don't
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RyanDecember 6, 2009
    Sunday Raggae night at the Elbo Room
  • Heather F.
    Heather FrankOctober 11, 2009
    Tormenta Tropicale!!
  • Bryan P.
    Bryan PowerJuly 4, 2009
    Check out Soul night (~every two weeks on Saturday night)
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MasonMay 8, 2009
    Is it between 5-9 p.m.? Settle in for happy hour(s) at a very chill Elbo Room. ($2 draft pint, or $1 off drinks) Leave with a photo booth strip to tack on the fridge.
  • Mark C.
    Mark CarstersenMarch 16, 2009
    Go to the Elbo Room in the Mission, and head upstairs to see the live music.
  • Joey M.
    Joey MuchaMarch 14, 2009
    Elbo Room is a nice hybrid establishment, a little yuppie but still hipster mission. Play some pinball, pacman and jump in the photobooth.
  • Antoine R.
    Antoine RMSOctober 9
    Been here 10+ times
    ElboRoom est simplement l’un des meilleurs bar du spot. Il y a des concerts 🎸 durant la semaine et les weekend, une salle d’arcade 👾 et une partie bar/lounge🍹. Attention payement uniquement en cash
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