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Elixir

Bar, Cocktail Bar, and Dive Bar$$$$
Mission Dolores, San Francisco
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  • Rally by Eventbrite
    Rally by EventbriteSeptember 12, 2016
    Settle in and booze up on Tuesdays at 9pm for pub trivia night, which is 6 rounds of 10 questions. Late night happy hour kicks off at 11pm, and chances are you’ll still be around to take advantage. Read more
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Eater
    EaterApril 13, 2016
    Start with a solid foundation of either tomato juice, V8, or Clamato (mixed with vodka of course), Old Bay seasoning on the rim, a dill pickle and a piece of bacon. Read more
  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistoryAugust 22, 2012
    A must see if you are in San Fran, their Bloody Elixir is #4 on GQ's top 20 cocktails list. Stop by on Sunday for the make your own Bloody Mary, a perfect end to a long weekend.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 3, 2013
    cocktails well crafted & affordable @ second-oldest saloon. Sunday's do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar. Boasting an impressive whiskey collection. favorites like H.'s Celery Cup No. 1,
  • H. Joseph E.
    H. Joseph EhrmannAugust 29, 2014
    If you've got a complaint or an issue, I'm the guy to tell! I'll do my best to resolve the issue and answer your questions. Thanks for checking into my bar!
  • SFist
    SFistJanuary 25
    It's a make-your-own Bloody Mary situation at Elixir, with a selection of hot sauces, pickled garnishes, dry seasonings (Old Bay and celery salt, anyone?), and house-made mix. Read more
  • Dania E.
    Dania ElFebruary 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a perfect Manhattan. Its less sweet than the regular manhattan and Bill will make it while singing 90's music and dancin' just a little bit.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2013
    Elixir looks like your average, unassuming "saloon," but just take a look at the cocktail list and you'll understand the wizardry that goes on behind the stick.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.September 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Zapotec sour - one of my fave mezcal cocktails in the city. mezcal, earl grey tea syrup, lime juice, blackberries, egg whites.
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineNovember 30, 2012
    Order the Kentucky Pilgrim: Wild Turkey infused with cardamom, cranberries, and cinnamon combined with lemon juice, maraschino, and demerara syrup. It'll leave you feeling warm all day. Read more
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 25, 2015
    The Black Lavender has subtle sweetness, and fruit combined with just a hint of lavender and vanilla, to add to the rum base. Read more
  • Will B.
    Will BertelsenJuly 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This bar is hard to pin down. The drinks can be good but the quality and care varies by night and by bartender. This is what life looks like without hard standards.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SanwaldApril 22, 2016
    Fantastic bar: great music, great atmosphere, not too crowded early. They make a solid Manhattan.
  • Gaven O.
    Gaven OakleyNovember 21, 2014
    All alcohol is great here! I suggest a shot of Wild Turkey 101 and a cold Anchor Steam... 🎉🍻
  • Ernie G.
    Ernie GranilloAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Do yourself a favor and get your self a great whisky drink. One of my favorite places to get a sazerac in SF.
  • Zinio
    ZinioJanuary 20, 2011
    From the pages of Esquire's Annual Best Bars in America, who cite the atmosphere and funk of this Mission pub. Try the rye old-fashioned. Read more
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsJune 16, 2015
    Check out Elixir as it was featured on Best Bars in America for Cocktail and Whiskey Bar that also plays live Bingo on Mondays Read more
  • Carina W.
    Carina WetzlhütterJune 13, 2016
    whisky is always the best choice. awesome bar, awesome selection.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The bloody elixir is the best bloody mary in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
  • Dania E.
    Dania ElFebruary 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I dont know why this spot isn't more packed... its a great locals bar. Try the hot toddy in winter.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaOctober 31, 2014
    Elixir proprietor H. Joseph Ehrmann added the Old Fashioned Pilgrim to
 the menu this week to create buzz for November's Give Back the Bird 
charity program.
  • Leah Y.
    Leah YamshonSeptember 29, 2013
    This bar quickly became one of my faves. Craft cocktails in a dive bar setting? Yes, please!
  • Jo G.
    Jo GmenDecember 22, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Some@of@the best cocktails in town. Just make sure to get it from Shae
  • Owen W.
    Owen WilliamsFebruary 15, 2016
    Cozy, inviting and unpretentious. Perhaps one of the few places uninvaded by bros.
  • Greg T.
    Greg TaylorJuly 28, 2013
    Elixir is a great place to hang out and grabs drink with friends while in The Mission.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.April 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Some of the best whiskey sours in town
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    H. Joseph Ehrmann creates drinks at this refurbished saloon with seasonal fruit juices, house-made mixers and spirits from Bay Area distillers like Hangar One and No. 209.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SilarajsNovember 18, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Even when it's crowded, you can still get a mixed drink without hassle. Great bartenders.
  • Chris 🍻 M.
    Chris 🍻 MakarskyApril 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    nice place, but there's some Faraday cage-thing going on here, you'll never get phone reception inside
  • Laura P.
    Laura PMay 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Shea is an amazing bartender- order anything from him and you will see what I'm talking about!
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 31, 2012
    This place is 153 years old. Need I say more? Come here to see a piece of sf history (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Jenny N.
    Jenny NJune 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for Monday night bingo! You get a new card with every drink. So fun!
  • Max K.
    Max KAugust 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great whiskey sours! Be sure to get yours with egg white 😉
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MaceySeptember 20, 2016
    Amazing cocktails and great service!
  • Anne-Michelle F.
    Great Sazerac tonight! Dreamy bartender putting on rock n roll and blending great drinks. Heaven.
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamMarch 6, 2011
    They serve my favorite Hitachino Nest White Ale here. Fun place to hang out too.
  • Trev ✌.
    Trev ✌August 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the few places that has Old Speckled Hen ON TAP \m/ BRITS n BEERLOVERS REJOICE
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinJanuary 29, 2016
    They let us bring in pizza on my birthday, so they know what's up.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BDecember 2, 2013
    Try their hot cider with bourbon. (Tender Knob)
  • Eric A.
    Eric AAugust 15, 2015
    Great whiskey and friendly bartenders.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CoatesDecember 16, 2016
    Closest thing I've come to a British style pub in the US.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaMarch 29, 2016
    The Easter colors reflect in a Margarita mixed with Pueblo Viejo. Get yours here at Elixir!
  • lindsey anne
    lindsey anneNovember 16, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    if youre here on a saturday, sunday, or monday before 7pm-ish, ask Eddie the bartender for a LindseyAnne, the strawberry wonder... delicious and dangerous!
  • Gene S.
    Gene SooFebruary 15, 2012
    Great whiskey, beers, tequila and atmosphere.
  • Michael M.
    Michael McCormickDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    One of the best Old Fashioned I've ever had.
  • Hélène F.
    Hélène ForestAugust 16, 2013
    The Country thyme cocktail is just so delicious!
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HofffmanAugust 26, 2015
    dog friendly and dog-friendly bar
  • Paige C.
    Paige COctober 21, 2013
    Get the Pisco Punch! Great atmosphere.
  • Kristen C.
    Kristen CMarch 8, 2012
    Wednesday is charity night. No cocktails. Just guest bartenders. Leave a tip, then LEAVE.
  • Howard C.
    Howard CFebruary 23, 2011
    Green drinks & a member of Green Restaurant Strategies & Five Green Forks
  • LeRoux
    LeRouxJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    for scotch whiskey lovers:try Taliser: ligthly smoked and plume flavor, 8$
  • Ayush K.
    Ayush KhannaMay 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The music is indie, but relatable. I approve!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 7, 2015
    If you are in Elixir, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistoryAugust 25, 2012
    The History of The Elixir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANwtfxrgsI8
  • Kathleen
    KathleenJanuary 5, 2014
    Get the hot apple cider with Jameson
  • J M.
    J MayaAugust 16, 2016
    Great whiskey cocktails
  • Clare
    ClareNovember 8, 2015
    Fun cocktails and good beer selection
  • Manixs M.
    Manixs MarwanMarch 6, 2012
    Vodka Tasting - Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RauhAugust 6, 2014
    Good drinks, decent prices.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff ChanJanuary 11, 2015
    Old Speckled Hen is great!
  • Doublejack
    DoublejackAugust 3, 2012
    Even at Happy Hour beer is over-priced. Shame, I've always liked this place.
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher CarlssonSeptember 14, 2012
    Try the Pisco Punch "Original Recipe"
  • Jacki S.
    Jacki StrumApril 12, 2011
    Get the pickleback - best I've ever had.
  • Kachi O.
    Kachi OkoronkoDecember 16, 2011
    Drink Kanon Organic Vodka. Best tasting vodka you can find!
  • T C.
    T CMarch 12, 2012
    Rittenhouse Rye Manhattan. Do it.
  • Mutineer Magazine
    Mutineer MagazineDecember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing cocktails.
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikAugust 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Granny Smith Cider - last tap on the right. Quite tasty.
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikApril 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Use the free wifi SSID:elixirfreewifi
  • Sheila B.
    Sheila BelleAugust 22, 2010
    See eric, nick or H, they are so nice and just rock! Love them!
  • Tin K.
    Tin KadoicOctober 25, 2015
    The 'Sedmica' of SFO.
  • Lauren V.
    Lauren VMarch 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Shea is the best bartender (duh)!
  • AskMen
    AskMenJuly 26, 2010
    Drink green: Elixir has a cornucopia of organic booze behind the bar. Read more
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MillerAugust 17, 2014
    So many good whiskies.
  • Toby C.
    Toby C.January 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    some amazing beers on tap
  • Dean F.
    Dean FaustmanMarch 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best build your own bloody bar in SF, but you already knew that.
  • Cory L.
    Cory LorenzAugust 11, 2014
    Try the Davo
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱December 7, 2015
    Old fashioned
  • James S.
    James SkeltonNovember 24, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    best bartenders in SF. recommend their new porter.
  • Nadia A.
    Nadia AnagApril 26, 2015
    I ordered a small batch bourbon and instead got a random, much more expensive rye whiskey. Not impressed
  • Charbay W.
    Try local Charbay Distillery Whiskey's!
  • B
    BDecember 20, 2013
    Tom and Jerry
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LeungSeptember 5, 2011
    Dog friendly!
  • Rocio S.
    Rocio SalazarDecember 4, 2011
    Make your own Bloody Mary!
  • Michael M.
    Michael McCormickMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    It's a Hollinger Manhattan kind of night.
  • Sharon P.
    Sharon P.August 22, 2010
    Eric is the beat bartender!!!
  • vincent h.
    vincent huangOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pimm's cup!
  • Dom V.
    Dom VenegasJuly 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink Appleton Reserve.
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew ThomsonSeptember 14, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Not the dopest TV setup for football but a good set of beers and damned close to my pad.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MagerApril 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Absinthe with Frangelica
  • Filip M.
    Filip MaresNovember 18, 2012
    This places stinks. Literally.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MFebruary 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy a pint here!
  • Pat
    PatNovember 25, 2009
    Sox's games...
  • Alper C.
    Alper CengizSeptember 13, 2015
    Önünden geçiyorduk; kısa bir nefeslenme için girdik. Ama uzun bir nefes oldu. Biramı yudumlarken NFL maçı ritüelini gerçekleştirmiş oldum.
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