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3.29/5 rDev -20.9%
Valencia Avenue is the heart of SF's hipster culture and Amnesia, conveniently located across the street from the ultra hipster Dave Eggers' pirate shop 826 Valencia, offers what one would expect from a hipster beer bar, minus the PBR. They've got a fine selection of California micros, mostly from the Bay Area and NoCal, as well as a good selection of draught and bottled Belgians.
Monday means bluegrass night at Amnesia, so the whole bar was packed. It's a small space with no ventilation to begin with, and when it fills up it gets tropical inside. I wonder if it's too unhip to install fans. Anyhow, the 'bluegrass' band I saw consisted of a hipster bass player and a guitar-playing fellow who had emigrated from Japan to the US and had fallen in love with country music. His yodeling was a marvel.
Overall, Amnesia is a fun, if slightly chi-chi beer bar. I love San Fran and its hipsters, but spending time here makes me yearn for the views of the Rockies and a booth at Falling Rock in Denver. But, for folks in the Bay Area, Amnesia's worth a look, if only once.
06-13-2006 17:03:21 | More by benito
3.58/5 rDev -13.9%
After looking at the number of reviews and the high score I decided to visit this place with an open mind. I could not open my mind enough to figure out why the scores are so high.
This place is small and kind of stuffy. The copper plated bar, gold painted walls (cracked and brittle), and translucent thin pink and red drapes all over and hanging from the ceiling gives this place the look of an Indian (India) Restaurant or something. Country music was in the background of this dark place that did have a stage and not very many tables.
Brass tap nozzles for all the beers. Did not bother using the restroom here or even look to see where it was. Copper plated bar with wood siding and cushioned stools and chairs.
Service was alright I missed happy hour by thirty minutes, fair enough. When I gave a five to the fairly beer knowledgable bartender, he read my mind and did not bother pulling a dollar out of the cash register.
A good variety of Californian Micro Beers, some out of state, and quite a few Belgians, however no cask. Racer 5 was on the list.
05-31-2005 06:08:59 | More by Troyone
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
This bar is located on a great strip of Valencia St. in San Francisco, CA in the heart of the Mission district. The location is prime - easy to get to and in the vicinity of countless other bars and restaurants. They have a great beer selection for such a small place, allowing an entire menu board solely for Belgians (and Belgian styled) brews.
Although this place is pretty small and is lacking in comfortable seating options, they sacrifice some room at the front of the bar for a stage, which greatly improves the atmosphere.
I've been to this place twice, once I saw a punk/emo band for no cover and the other was for karaoke. The karaoke atmosphere was pretty disappointing, but I still enjoy going to this place for their good selection of beers and average prices.
05-01-2006 18:30:38 | More by clickpush
4/5 rDev -3.8%
I've been to many a show here and have always been impressed by the beer selection and atmosphere. It's definitely a dive, but one with a lot of character. It's a small place with a small bar and few tables, and it gets crowded in the evening, so I'd recommend showing up early for shows or just for drinking. The beer selection is a mix of locals and Belgians, two of the locals being Moonlight (Reality Czeck and Death & Taxes), along with rotating taps from Lagunitas, Anchor, Speakeasy and the like. Prices are very reasonable, especially during happy hour, which lasts until 8 PM I believe. No food, but there are a few decent places in the area that you can eat at beforehand, and I believe they'll allow you to bring food as well. Service has always been good, very friendly bartenders that seem knowledgeable about the beer. A good place overall, I've had some good times here.
12-07-2008 22:54:45 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev -3.8%
This is a great beer bar in the mission that doubles as a hipster hangout. They let you bring in food, and will serve you an extensive beer selection including belgians, microbrews, and bottles with a smile. They usually have local art happenings, dj's, great bands, and experimental plays going on. But in terms of a place to get your beer on, get going. I like this bar even when it's crowded because the people are usually friendly and gabby. Also, it gets hot and loud, but nothing a leffe cant fix. Great bar, go to it.
08-15-2007 20:57:07 | More by Murchmac
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Holy deja vu, hoping for amnesia, Batman! This used to be The Chatterbox, one of my favorite live music venues from 1987 to 1989.
Now, it's straight out of David Lynch-land. Red silk tapestry in the overhead, soft red lighting that would do any madam proud, deep red and amber lighting, a stage with red velvet curtains. The blonde-wood topped, 5/8 octagon -shaped bar was along the left side. Above the back bar were a series of three blackboards detailing their current offerings. Setting: dark. Like when I was taking Film Noir Studies and we were encouraged to bring internally-lit pens. Red dark, like being inside a Red Velvet Cake. Zounds!
I miss the days of The Chatterbox, but this place holds an unquantifiable draw for me like no other. On every visit of mine to SF in the last three years, I have ended up here, including a meet-up with Francisweizen.
11-27-2009 13:24:23 | More by woodychandler
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Amnesia is in the hip part of the Mission District with lots of hip bars and chic trendy, but good restaurants. This is more than a beer joint, it's also a nightclub and on certain nights has music or DJ dancing. Amnesia's interior is Dark and surreal, only lit with the glow of red lamps.Cool and funky. Furnishings are simple and dark. The room has a barrel vaulted ceiling which adds depth to the surrealy forboading atmosphere. The crowd is a mix and depends on the night. Service is quick and friendly. A large chalk board above the bar (also dimly lit in red!) advertises the rotating beer selection. The usual beer selection consists of 10-12 draft taps which pour quality local micro and Belgian beers. The botle selection is a rotation of mostly quality and hard to find Belgian's, as well as, California and Pacific Coast Breweries specialy items.
Amnesia is an whimsical experience in the dark, that changes with every visit. Beer selection will always be Good to Excellent with hard to find Belgians always in the mix. Check it out when in the City!
11-16-2003 20:11:25 | More by mashmstr2
4.29/5 rDev +3.1%
I must admit suffering a little amnesia myself after hitting up the Amnesia bar. It was that last stop in a short string of beer bars that I was led to by Brewbacca. We had started our night at Toronado so you can imagine that I wasnt in the best of shape by the time we made it to Amnesia. What stands out most in my mind about Amnesia is the color red. Second place goes to the funky band. I think they might have been cross dressers, or maybe just emo kids I can never tell with emo kids these days, so feminine and all... Then the beer. This place has some great brew. They include several top local brews from Bear Republic, Moonlight, and others as well as a few Belgians. Amnesia was beyond hip and really my kind of bar - dark, funky, and with a hot clientele. Id be a regular if I lived near by. Bar service was fine and a cute girl at the door let me in for a lot less than the cover after I fed her some line of half drunken BS. Many thanks to Brewbacca for guiding me to this fine establishment.
05-12-2006 21:51:49 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
i've been frequenting amnesia for a few years now, and for a bar it's size it's got an amazing selection of beers on tap and more in bottles. no hard liquor, just great beers and a house made sangria which should only be had if you enjoy headaches in the morning.
they normally lean towards bigger beers such as stone, chimay, and allagash... lager choices are slim, but i'm not complaining.
they have a really cool way of arranging their beers on their sign.. divided into three categories: light, medium, dark. strange, but it works to a certain degree. maybe the best thing about amnesia is it's sense for variety. not many bars change our their selection as often as them. you can go in there two weeks apart, and you'll notice half of the tap list is totally different, which is merely another reason to stop in there again.
the atmosphere is nice, maybe a bit dark even for a bar, but still nice nonetheless.. seating consists of about ten bar stools and two couches..
if you're in the neighborhood, amnesia is a sure bet...like they say:
"some drink to remember, some drink to forget"
06-16-2004 04:54:42 | More by kiya
4.34/5 rDev +4.3%
What a great find this turned out to be. The subdued red lighting did take a few minutes to get accustomed to. In fact, I asked the bartender to see the beer list, to which he pointed to the large sign above the bar on the wall. How did I miss that? There must have been 30 taps because the huge sign had three columns on the left side that read, "Light", "Dark" and "Belgian". On the right half were the bottled beers, probably another 30 or so.
Seeing that the Racer 5 was on tap, I made that my first choice. There were two other IPA taps; "Censored", which was no longer available, and Speakeasy's Big Daddy. The Belgian selection was pretty good, including Leffe, Chimay White, Maredsous, and Allagash Grand Cru.
But the atmosphere was terrific. A four-piece band, complete with accordian, guitars and floor base and calling themselves "Goucho", played Peruvian music. After about half a dozen instrumental numbers, they were joined by a young lady who sang with a pleasant voice that reminded you of the old Marlene Dietrich movies. The crowd was great and many seemed like locals just out having a fun time. A young husband and wife even brought their well-behaved bulldog while they enjoyed a few pints.
I would definitely recommend Amnesia. Toronado is my favorite pub while in San Francisco, but a trip to Amnesia in the Mission District is well worth the time.
02-26-2005 17:05:48 | More by ChappyCubsFan
Amnesia Bar in San Francisco, CA
92 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.