The Royal Cuckoo

Cocktail Bar and Bar · Bernal Heights
3202 Mission St (at Valencia St), San Francisco, CA 94110, United States
Closed until 4:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 4:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Fri–Sun
    • 3:00 PM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
Full Bar, Cocktails
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Outdoor Seating:

Based on 246 votes

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    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)
    Paula W.
    "... awesome bar, but add Hammond organ and old-school music on vinyl and you won't..."(2 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • whiskey
  • live organ player
  • bitter cup
  • music
  • outdoor seating
  • good for dates
  • hammond organ
  • good for a late night
  • cozy
  • bourbon
  • lively
  • great value
  • good service
  • romantic
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  • trendy
  • casual
  • vinyl
  • liquor
  • timoni w.

    If David Lynch opened a bar, it would be like this.

    timoni west · July 31
  • Erik W.

    Great cocktail list and live jazz. There is a Hammond organ built in to the bar

    Erik Weber · June 7
  • Rem K.

    Unique and unusual selection or products and liquors.

    Rem Koning · May 9
  • Joshua H.

    Decent enough dive bar, dark and not too crowded.

    Joshua Haftel · April 20
  • Sasha S.

    Don't get the cuckoo drink. It's possibly the worst drink I've ever had.

    Sasha Solomon · February 16
  • Claire P.

    Favorite bar in SF because of how awesome the environment is. The live organ player on the weekends is my personal favorite.

    Claire Pedersen · January 16
  • Amélie B.

    Nice atmoshere but limited choice of cocktails

    Amélie Beerens · December 21, 2014
  • Adam S.

    Great Back Patio

    Adam Sampson · December 14, 2014
  • Ivan P.

    Awesome place to have a drink, talk and have

    Ivan Pulido Navarro · December 12, 2014
  • Xiulung

    Strong cocktails, cozy atmosphere, small back patio, good vinyl collection and sometimes there's live music, sit on a bench and people-watch

    Xiulung · September 3, 2014
  • Amy R.

    A cosy bar with a nice outside area and a large liquor cabinet.

    Amy Robinson · September 1, 2014
  • Nader F.

    Patio! The drinks fantastic too ;)

    Nader Farzan · August 13, 2014
  • Carmen S.

    Get The Royal Last Word but w/ Rye. Sit on the back patio. Enjoy the awesome vinyl collection

    Carmen Sutter · August 10, 2014
  • Yahya A.

    Tasty cocktails for reasonable prices.

    Yahya Arkadas · August 3, 2014
  • Jori L.

    Elderberry Fizz, the best drink in town

    Jori Lallo · July 19, 2014
  • Jeremy T.

    Live organ and harmonica on a Wednesday night. Dim lighting. Small patio in the back. Cash only.

    Jeremy Taylor · July 17, 2014
  • Emily P.

    Phenomenal cocktails and a great funk library on vinyl. You really can't go wrong here.

    Emily Pinkerton · May 27, 2014
  • Seth B.

    Across from Knockout where you can pregame. Great drinks and decor.

    Seth Benson · September 26, 2013
  • Jessica R.

    Dimly lit, sexy, hodgepodge of mid-century thrift store lamps, paintings, & furniture accented with shades of red. A strong small batch spirits selection.

    Jessica Rae · September 3, 2013
  • Danielle Lazier S.

    Kinda awesome. Eclectic and mellow.

  • Leanne V.

    Best Negroni in SF. Yeah, I said it.

    Leanne Vanderbyl · August 6, 2013
  • Gustaf E.

    Lovely Live music

    Gustaf Engström · August 2, 2013
  • Linzi B.

    The Bitter Cup is absolutely delicious.

    Linzi Bergmann · July 9, 2013
  • Jennifer B.

    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.

    Jennifer Burlington · May 22, 2013
  • Chris H.

    Tip the musician.

    Chris Hinkle · May 10, 2013
  • Chris G.

    Tip - this place is incredible.

    Chris George · May 2, 2013
  • timoni w.

    A cozy little Bernal cocktail den; good for first dates, post-dinner friend drinks, and listening to organ solos.

    timoni west · April 17, 2013
  • Eater

    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.

    Eater · April 16, 2013
  • Lisa M.

    Lavay Smith on the organ.

    Lisa Morales · March 4, 2013
  • Asterisk SF Magazine

    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.

    Asterisk SF Magazine · February 2, 2013
  • meganificent

    If you don't visit the smoking patio in back when it's open, you're missing out on life.

    meganificent · December 30, 2012
  • Sarita V.

    Great bar with interesting ambience and occasionally a live. The cocktails though were disappointing

    Sarita Varouch · September 16, 2012
  • Erin O.

    Don't sit in the back unless you're prepared for being surrounded by major makeouts.

    Erin O'Connor · April 28, 2012
  • Martin P.

    The doorman is the blues singer, gotta love it. The rusty nail will oxidize you.

    Martin P · March 29, 2012
  • Shaun M.

    Great cocktails and music

    Shaun Modi · February 21, 2012
  • Donald W.

    Where else do you know in sf that has live electric organ music on Saturday nights (1 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more

    Donald Wilson · January 31, 2012
  • George H.

    Rosy Nail!

    George Hayes · January 8, 2012
  • Joy X.

    Order the Bitter Cup

    Joy Xuan · December 29, 2011
  • Quirks B.

    Great ambiance! Kinda jazzy and chill. The rosy nail bourbon was a bit too strong for me though.

    Quirks B. · November 19, 2011
  • Brett L.

    A bar quiet enough to talk in and get seats in. On a Friday night. Please don't tell.

    Brett Lider · November 5, 2011
  • Michael T.

    Great selection of whiskey. Too much work to be here.

    Michael Thomas · November 5, 2011
  • Tollef

    Bar service not available organ side.

    Tollef · October 31, 2011
  • Laura G.

    Cucumber gimlet.

    Laura G · October 1, 2011
  • Rick H.

    Take my advice: you'll hate this place. No really; stay away.

    Rick H · September 27, 2011
  • Dan K.

    Hope you have binoculars and night vision, because that's what you'll need to read the drinks menu.

    Dan Koplowitz · September 10, 2011
  • laurie b.

    Delicious moscow mule!

    laurie brescoll · August 26, 2011
  • Paula W.

    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

    The moscow mule moscow rules.

    Alex · July 9, 2011
  • Mark

    They play records!

    Mark · June 4, 2011
  • SF Weekly

    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

    SF Weekly · May 24, 2011

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