Mikkeller Bar

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

33 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
148
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
5.5%
 
 
Taps:
40
Bottles/Cans:
5
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
Mikkeller BarMikkeller Bar
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

34 Mason St
San Francisco, California, 94102-2806
United States

(415) 984-0279 | map
mikkellerbar.com

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 148
Reviews by jeff1973:
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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Photo of Mexi_locobarrel
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of chrisjws
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Remarkable selection of beers you've never heard of. Food is quirky and interesting. We had fried head of cauliflower with farro, cranberry, and raw orange squash, plus some tasty olives. Upstairs is hugely noisy. Quieter in the little basement boîte.

Atmosphere and decor could be described as bleak, but it's worse outside. Guy pissing on the sidewalk, crap everywhere, it's the mangy underbelly of San Francisco.

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Photo of NJM
3.49/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

The location itself is in a pretty shitty part of the city, so if you're walking there, beware. The bar area is nice and lofty but fills up quickly. By 6 o'clock on a Monday space was limited. Going by ratings on this very site, the beer list
isn't as sought after as other bars in the city. If you're a fan of mikkeller beers and good pub fare, you can't go wrong.

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Photo of WesM63
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Howlader
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of pagriley
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mike3605
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

one of the only bars I was able to visit while in San fran. nice selection of beers but were slightly over priced but everything in san fran is over priced.

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Photo of carniwhore
3.31/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2

Photo of Sludgeman
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Visited on a Wednesday around 6pm. Very busy. 60 min wait for a table. Sat at the bar. Took me 15 min for a seat at the bar.

V - Great looking bat with an intimidating tap set up. Places to both sit and stand around the bar. Almost everybody is there for the beer. The immediate area around the bar is a little sketchy, so beware if visiting late or if you otherwise might have concerns. 4.5

Ser - Fine but very busy and hard to get the bartenders attention. All servers were friendly and professional. 4

Sel – A great selection of beers, both house and guest. Had The Big Blend and 1000 IBU from Mikkeller and the Meloncotte from Fieldwork. Also a very wide selection of bottle beers, including a bunch of hard to find Mikkellers. 4.75

Q - Who can question quality at a place like this? They primarily use various size wine glasses 4.75

F – I had the burger. It was nice a juicy. 4

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Photo of Supergenou
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Pretty chill craft beer spot on the edge of the Tenderloin, but essentially right off Market Street. They have about 40 beers on tap, usually 4 or 5 are in-house selections. The presentation is very solid. Great selection of glassware and beer is served according to correct temperature. There's a "semi secret" sour bar, below the main beer area that opens in the evening. They have a few beers on tap and solid bottle selection. The Tenderloin area was hurting for a chill quality beer spot.

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Photo of Magnum40s
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of metter98
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice modernist beer bar, bright wood counters, old brick walls, high ceilings with hanging lights, very little decor other than the Mikkeller people style artwork.

Something like 40/50 taps, tons of imports mostly Mikkeller of course, with many locals and other Belgians. Huge social bottle list on top. Also they lost the serving temp of each beer which is awesome.

Food was very good, spicy Thai pork sausage was the bartenders recommendation, and was very good, Spicer than I expected, chiles were actually red jalapenos but tasty, fries were actually seasoned and fried nicely, something you don't find find often.

Prices are on the higher side but expected, nothing crazy. Bartender was helpful and fairly knowledgeable

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Enjoyed this location on our recent trip to the bay area.
The area is "up and coming" , that said once there. A true diamond in the rough.
The service is attentive, the beer offerings are wide ranging.
We enjoyed the menu, a fine list that offers savory and sweet sides.
The beer list is slightly centrist, with some fringe flavor offerings that are worth the effort.
Our service staff was pleasant and attentive, price point is fine for the quality.
On another trip this will be a repeat stop for sure.
Cheers

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Photo of mecmd
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of JaredSammy
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of amano_h
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I can't say enough great things about Mikkeller Bar and every time I go I'm amazed that I have no problem finding a seat. Whereas I'm not a huge fan of Mikkeller's beers, it's very difficult to not love a [ghost] brewery / bar that makes all the right friends in the form of Hill Farmstead, Stillwater, Three Floyds, Cascade Brewing and actually brings it with them everywhere they go.

The average beer drinker might come here and scoff at the 7-8 dollar pint prices for beer they've never heard before, which is absolutely fine for the now over-saturated demand for quality craft beer. Mikkeller Bar always seems to have two or three beers that you either a. never see on tap or b. can't get elsewhere because Shelton Brothers haven't actually started distribution yet. Oh and good news if you're actually a Mikkeller fan, btw; Mikkeller Bar SF actually gets all their super-limited releases (e.g. BA Vanilla Shake, Beer Geek Speedway) on TAP when each respective brew is released while supplies last.

And the sour room. A quick tip to anyone thinking about visiting it; you can actually order anything that they have in the sour room from the main bar upstairs, even when the sour room is closed. Yes, the price tag on some of the brews downstairs might be a little daunting, but if you're obsessed enough with craft beer to know what some of the brews they're keeping downstairs are, you're probably going to shell out 4x SF minimum wage for a bottle of Peche'n Brett since you didn't want to stand in line for two hours at Healthy Spirits. Or maybe you'll shell out close to double that for a bottle of Fou' because you were too drunk to realize they had it cheaper at City Beer five blocks away. Either way, the sour room is amazing, and not a secret as well-kept as people think it is.

Finally the food. Whereas Mikkel's Evil Twin brother (get it? *wink wink*) in Brooklyn employs some sort of gourmet chef to pair some of the harder to find brews that flow out of his walls with even more obscure finger food from Scandinavia, Mikkeller Bar has an amicable selection of finger food and light lunch options; I particularly thought the fish taco was prepared well for an establishment that is so decisively beer-centric, and my friends all seemed to like the fries.

Oh and a caveat, the bartenders do seem a bit snooty, yes. But they really know their stuff when it comes to anything craft beer, and do seem to carry a slight tendency for know-it-all-ism, which is totally fine as most beer geeks seem to lean toward this sort of temperament. You might, however, not find this at all to your liking if you're the type that likes to walk up to a bar counter to order Pinot Grigio. Just a thought.

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Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.