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The Royal Cuckoo

Cocktail Bar and Bar$$$$
Bernal Heights, San Francisco
  • The folks at Eater and SF Weekly like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Debbie
    "Awesome bar with good records vibes."(5 Tips)
    Claire P.
    "The live organ player on the weekends is my personal favorite."(2 Tips)
    Carmen S.
    "Enjoy the awesome vinyl collection"(2 Tips)
    Linzi B.
    "The Bitter Cup is absolutely delicious."(2 Tips)
63 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • record
  • whiskey
  • outdoor seating
  • cozy
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  • O L.
    O LSeptember 4
    Excellent boozy drinks, cosy atmosphere and a live band
  • Ali U.
    Ali Uro-MayDecember 17, 2016
    Best gin & tonics around. The red margarita is really good, too.
  • Debbie
    DebbieSeptember 7, 2016
    Awesome bar with good records vibes. Sort of like a David lynch film spot. 👍🏻
  • Chris
    ChrisSeptember 3, 2016
    Live jazz Thursday through Sunday
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WoolfJuly 27, 2016
    Great ambiance, dim lighting, awesome drinks, cool patio - one of my favorite bars in San Francisco
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesJune 16, 2016
    I personally enjoyed the interior versus the exterior but if you have a thing against taxidermy steer clear. Cash only joint.
  • Pratheeksha K.
    Pratheeksha KSJune 12, 2016
    Slightly older crowd but nice vibe
  • Kemp M.
    Kemp MullaneyMay 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the signature cocktails!
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsJanuary 9, 2016
    Good whiskey and a cozy place to drink it
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Backyard patio!
  • timoni w.
    timoni westJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If David Lynch opened a bar, it would be like this.
  • Erik W.
    Erik WeberJune 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktail list and live jazz. There is a Hammond organ built in to the bar
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningMay 9, 2015
    Unique and unusual selection or products and liquors.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelApril 20, 2015
    Decent enough dive bar, dark and not too crowded.
  • Sasha S.
    Sasha SolomonFebruary 16, 2015
    Don't get the cuckoo drink. It's possibly the worst drink I've ever had.
  • Claire P.
    Claire PedersenJanuary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite bar in SF because of how awesome the environment is. The live organ player on the weekends is my personal favorite.
  • Amélie B.
    Amélie BeerensDecember 21, 2014
    Nice atmoshere but limited choice of cocktails
  • Adam S.
    Adam SampsonDecember 14, 2014
    Great Back Patio
  • Ivan P.
    Ivan Pulido NavarroDecember 12, 2014
    Awesome place to have a drink, talk and have
  • Xiulung
    XiulungSeptember 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Strong cocktails, cozy atmosphere, small back patio, good vinyl collection and sometimes there's live music, sit on a bench and people-watch
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobinsonSeptember 1, 2014
    A cosy bar with a nice outside area and a large liquor cabinet.
  • Nader F.
    Nader FarzanAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Patio! The drinks fantastic too ;)
  • Carmen S.
    Carmen SutterAugust 10, 2014
    Get The Royal Last Word but w/ Rye. Sit on the back patio. Enjoy the awesome vinyl collection
  • Jori L.
    Jori LalloJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Elderberry Fizz, the best drink in town
  • Jeremy T.
    Jeremy TaylorJuly 17, 2014
    Live organ and harmonica on a Wednesday night. Dim lighting. Small patio in the back. Cash only.
  • Emily P.
    Emily PinkertonMay 27, 2014
    Phenomenal cocktails and a great funk library on vinyl. You really can't go wrong here.
  • Seth B.
    Seth BensonSeptember 26, 2013
    Across from Knockout where you can pregame. Great drinks and decor.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 3, 2013
    Dimly lit, sexy, hodgepodge of mid-century thrift store lamps, paintings, & furniture accented with shades of red. A strong small batch spirits selection.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Danielle Lazier S.
    Kinda awesome. Eclectic and mellow.
  • Leanne V.
    Leanne VanderbylAugust 6, 2013
    Best Negroni in SF. Yeah, I said it.
  • Gustaf E.
    Gustaf EngströmAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Lovely Live music
  • Linzi B.
    Linzi BerryJuly 9, 2013
    The Bitter Cup is absolutely delicious.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BurlingtonMay 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this bar. Good drinks, service, decor, music (they play records when there's not a live organ or sax player) and they have a back patio most are unaware.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HinkleMay 10, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Tip the musician.
  • timoni w.
    timoni westApril 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    A cozy little Bernal cocktail den; good for first dates, post-dinner friend drinks, and listening to organ solos.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2013
    It's dark in here, and there are dead animals hanging from the walls, but records spinning and divine libations make it Eater's go-to in the Outer Mission/Bernal nabe.
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MoralesMarch 4, 2013
    Lavay Smith on the organ.
  • Asterisk SF Magazine
    Asterisk SF MagazineFebruary 2, 2013
    Royal Cuckoo is a gem in the Mission with live organ player, vinyl spinning and delicious drinks from the bar. Enjoy chips instead of pretzels with your drink from time to time and have a great time.
  • meganificent
    meganificentDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you don't visit the smoking patio in back when it's open, you're missing out on life.
  • Sarita🦄
    Sarita🦄September 16, 2012
    Great bar with interesting ambience and occasionally a live. The cocktails though were disappointing
  • Erin O.
    Erin O'ConnorApril 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't sit in the back unless you're prepared for being surrounded by major makeouts.
  • Martin P.
    Martin PMarch 29, 2012
    The doorman is the blues singer, gotta love it. The rusty nail will oxidize you.
  • Shaun M.
    Shaun ModiFebruary 21, 2012
    Great cocktails and music
  • Donald
    DonaldJanuary 31, 2012
    Where else do you know in sf that has live electric organ music on Saturday nights (1 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • George H.
    George HayesJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Rosy Nail!
  • Joy X.
    Joy XuanDecember 29, 2011
    Order the Bitter Cup
  • Brett L.
    Brett LiderNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    A bar quiet enough to talk in and get seats in. On a Friday night. Please don't tell.
  • Michael T.
    Michael ThomasNovember 5, 2011
    Great selection of whiskey. Too much work to be here.
  • Tollef
    TollefOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bar service not available organ side.
  • Laura G.
    Laura GOctober 1, 2011
    Cucumber gimlet.
  • Rick H.
    Rick HSeptember 27, 2011
    Take my advice: you'll hate this place. No really; stay away.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KoplowitzSeptember 10, 2011
    Hope you have binoculars and night vision, because that's what you'll need to read the drinks menu.
  • laurie b.
    laurie brescollAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious moscow mule!
  • Paula W.
    Paula Wirth / Eat Drink OaklandAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic cocktails and liquor selection are enough to make this an awesome bar, but add Hammond organ and old-school music on vinyl and you won't want to leave...
  • Alex
    AlexJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The moscow mule moscow rules.
  • Mark
    MarkJune 4, 2011
    They play records!
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyMay 24, 2011
    SF Weekly’s Best Of 2011 Winner – Editorial Pick – BEST NEW BERNAL HEIGHTS BARGreeted by a harmonica-toting bouncer who then passes you to a blind & drunk organ player… Read more
  • Cory G.
    Cory GowanMay 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only. ATM in back.
  • Laura G.
    Laura Glascott FaustmanApril 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Plan on staying longer than you think.
  • Dean F.
    Dean FaustmanApril 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Antica Manhattan. And then try another.
  • zach l.
    zach lawrykMarch 19, 2011
    pick a record from the catalogue and bartender plays
  • Monica P.
    Monica PoggiAugust 16
    Ottimi cocktail, personale simpatico, ambiente interessante.
  • Evgenia S.
    Абсолютно не понравился бар. Из хорошего - только расположение
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