El Rio

★★★★☆
  • 3158 Mission St

    San Francisco, CA 94110

    Cross street: at Precita

    Map & Directions
  • 415-282-3325

About El Rio

Hours
Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 02:00 AM Friday To Sunday From 03:00 PM To 02:00 AM

Food

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Stopped by on the 4th. Had a blast. This place is as cool as it was 10 years ago when I used to frequent the place. Danced my ass off, looked like the same silly white guy I did a decade ago. Then had to sit back while my wife, who really cans salsa danced with guys who knew what they were doing. To make her jealous I decided to accept an invite to dance myself...the only problem was the guy wanted to lead. Hell he thought me a few moves my wife couldn??t. Doh!
Had a blast here big time. But yeah, when did it turn gay? Who cares cant wait to run through again.

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★★★★★

Stopped by on the 4th. Had a blast. This place is as cool as it was 10 years ago when I used to frequent the place. Danced my ass off, looked like the same silly white guy I did a decade ago. Then had to sit back while my wife, who really cans salsa danced with guys who knew what they were doing. To make her jealous I decided to accept an invite to dance myself...the only problem was the guy wanted to lead. Hell he thought me a few moves my wife couldn??t. Doh!
Had a blast here big time. But yeah, when did it turn gay? Who cares cant wait to run through again.

Pros: old school SF vibe

Cons: you gotta know how to dance here

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El Rio is a fab on a Monday- you can get your fill of PBR on the cheap. The outdoor section is packed on summer weekends, but get there early and stake your claim for an afternoon bender. This is a beer and shots kind of place and a good spot to have a group meet up for drinks.

4
★★★★☆

El Rio is a fab on a Monday- you can get your fill of PBR on the cheap. The outdoor section is packed on summer weekends, but get there early and stake your claim for an afternoon bender. This is a beer and shots kind of place and a good spot to have a group meet up for drinks.

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Man this town has a ton of dive bars. This one is pretty cool and the outside patio is perfect on a good weather day. drinks and cheap and fast. Good dive bar.

3
★★★☆☆

Man this town has a ton of dive bars. This one is pretty cool and the outside patio is perfect on a good weather day. drinks and cheap and fast. Good dive bar.

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El Rio is just wonderful! They are an old club with both a friendly crowd and nice staff. I have always felt welcome there even before they got to know me. They do a wide variety of music and shows and are very supportive of the mission community. It can get crowded on the weekends especially sundays. They have a great afternoon salsa party. They also have great happy hours during the week.

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★★★★★

El Rio is just wonderful! They are an old club with both a friendly crowd and nice staff. I have always felt welcome there even before they got to know me. They do a wide variety of music and shows and are very supportive of the mission community. It can get crowded on the weekends especially sundays. They have a great afternoon salsa party. They also have great happy hours during the week.

Pros: Diverse, Friendly, Cheap, Great Outdoor Patio

Cons: They can get super crowded

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This place rocks....funky crowd and vibe....great drinks and a surly bartender. What more could anyone ask for a dive bar in the Mission.

2
★★★★★

This place rocks....funky crowd and vibe....great drinks and a surly bartender. What more could anyone ask for a dive bar in the Mission.

Pros: Funky atmosphere....eclectic crowd

Cons: Parking is difficult

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Their catch phrase is "your local dive bar" and its true but its a dive in the best ways. Its so roomy cause it can accomodate large crowds and there are several sections to choose from depending on the night. The bar is quaint with a pool table and fooze ball and the patio is great for a smoke or to chill if the weather is nice and then there's a stage area with a small room that holds a hundred people or so. Great place to see a show too.

2
★★★★★

Their catch phrase is "your local dive bar" and its true but its a dive in the best ways. Its so roomy cause it can accomodate large crowds and there are several sections to choose from depending on the night. The bar is quaint with a pool table and fooze ball and the patio is great for a smoke or to chill if the weather is nice and then there's a stage area with a small room that holds a hundred people or so. Great place to see a show too.

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Monday night drink specials are amazing. World music is great, too. El Rio is *the* place for a casual social gathering of friends. It's not fancy, definitely not beautiful and not scenester-friendly like its outdoor competition, Zeitgeist. But the outdoor area is fun, the people are warm and you feel at home. This is one of the best places in my neighborhood.

2
★★★★☆

Monday night drink specials are amazing. World music is great, too. El Rio is *the* place for a casual social gathering of friends. It's not fancy, definitely not beautiful and not scenester-friendly like its outdoor competition, Zeitgeist. But the outdoor area is fun, the people are warm and you feel at home. This is one of the best places in my neighborhood.

Pros: good vibe, cheap drinks, outdoor area

Cons: , not too many seats

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Being the east coast transplant that I am, I've accustomed myself over time here in SF to the swanky, stylish bars, each trying to outdo the next with hairdryer seats, or hostesses in bikinis and fur coats, or rooms that rain. I'm always up for good entertainment. But when I walked into El Rio, I was flooded with memeories of back east at the places where Everybody Knows Your Name.. Very reminiscent of the local bar in the local town full of locals yokels, and with a touch of homey atmosphere that makes it just perfect! The outdoor patio is much more San Francisco, but adds the perfect touch. I'm always a huge fan of bars with board games too. Excellent place to have a drink with good friends, or maybe make some good friends. Leave your SF chic-ness at the door.

2
★★★★★

Being the east coast transplant that I am, I've accustomed myself over time here in SF to the swanky, stylish bars, each trying to outdo the next with hairdryer seats, or hostesses in bikinis and fur coats, or rooms that rain. I'm always up for good entertainment. But when I walked into El Rio, I was flooded with memeories of back east at the places where Everybody Knows Your Name.. Very reminiscent of the local bar in the local town full of locals yokels, and with a touch of homey atmosphere that makes it just perfect! The outdoor patio is much more San Francisco, but adds the perfect touch. I'm always a huge fan of bars with board games too. Excellent place to have a drink with good friends, or maybe make some good friends. Leave your SF chic-ness at the door.

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It speaks well of this place that there's a good gay/straight mix, diverse entertainment offerings, and it's so BIG! I've been a regular here forever. Viva!

2
★★★★★

It speaks well of this place that there's a good gay/straight mix, diverse entertainment offerings, and it's so BIG! I've been a regular here forever. Viva!

Pros: Cool people, Party atmosphere

Cons: None

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El Rio has the coolest homiest backyard in the city. I love kickin' it with friends there.

2
★★★★☆

El Rio has the coolest homiest backyard in the city. I love kickin' it with friends there.

Pros: outdoor area, pool table

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I realize it is hard core or maybe cool to bash on the credit card class, but to only accept cash for overpriced drinks is just bad customer service. After paying $8 each to get in for their famous Salsa afternoon, our wallets were too empty to afford the $6 well margaritas or the $4 bottles of bud. I thought this place was going to be cheap, as it is branded as a "dive bar." I don't like to wander the neighborhood looking for cash. I guess they don't want people to buy drinks! It put me in such a bad mood that even the great music will probably not get me to go back.

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★★☆☆☆

I realize it is hard core or maybe cool to bash on the credit card class, but to only accept cash for overpriced drinks is just bad customer service. After paying $8 each to get in for their famous Salsa afternoon, our wallets were too empty to afford the $6 well margaritas or the $4 bottles of bud. I thought this place was going to be cheap, as it is branded as a "dive bar." I don't like to wander the neighborhood looking for cash. I guess they don't want people to buy drinks! It put me in such a bad mood that even the great music will probably not get me to go back.

Pros: Good Music

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Monday's $1 well drinks were enough to win me over, as well as the outdoor patio in back. Get there early to avoid the lines that keep you from the relief of sweet, sweet alcohol. Great jukebox and pool table, too. Hard to beat a great dive bar like this, especially in this expen$ive city.

2
★★★★☆

Monday's $1 well drinks were enough to win me over, as well as the outdoor patio in back. Get there early to avoid the lines that keep you from the relief of sweet, sweet alcohol. Great jukebox and pool table, too. Hard to beat a great dive bar like this, especially in this expen$ive city.

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A fantastic place to go on Sunday's (or any time) when you just don't want to say good-bye to the weekend. Live music, outdoor patio, lots of dancing and good old fashion fun!

2
★★★★★

A fantastic place to go on Sunday's (or any time) when you just don't want to say good-bye to the weekend. Live music, outdoor patio, lots of dancing and good old fashion fun!

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The weekend afternoon beer busts are the best -- and Thursday nights are awesome as well. Always a great, mixed crowd and friendly bar staff. Dancefloor could use a tad more ventilation...

2
★★★★☆

The weekend afternoon beer busts are the best -- and Thursday nights are awesome as well. Always a great, mixed crowd and friendly bar staff. Dancefloor could use a tad more ventilation...

 

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