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Mikkeller Bar

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27 Reviews
Reviews: 27
Visits: 128
Avg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 40
Bottles: 5
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

34 Mason St
San Francisco, California, 94102-2806
United States
phone: (415) 984-0279

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mikkellerbarsf

Place added by: MasterSki on 07-17-2013

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Reviews: 27 | Visits: 128
Reviews by orangesol:
Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in here for dinner last night, had some pretty high expectations for this place after hearing such great things over the last few months. Atmosphere was hopping. People all over the bar area enjoying themselves, we lucked into a table so we got seated really quickly, it got really busy over the course of our visit. Service was a little hit or miss. Our first guy was good but then he completely disappeared and we then were served by another guy who was stretched pretty thin and only came around once or twice. Quality was as I expected it would be, top notch. Selection was awesome. Tons of beers on-tap, all served at the correct temperatures, and a top notch bottle list to accompany it. I was able to get a Double Chocolate Bomb! on cask from Prairie that was left over from the night before and then I got a bottle off the list, great all around. Food was really good, I just wish there were a few more options. Prices were definitely high across the board so be prepared to pay a premium. Overall an awesome beer bar, albeit a pricey one. I would definitely return next time I am in town.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SABERG
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of mecmd
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of JaredSammy
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of amano_h
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of bostonbeans
4.16/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of fishthe
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Nice bartenders that help you find a beer you'll like. Very patient. Lots of Belgian beers to pick from. Prices are a little high on some things but that was to be expected. Worth it to check it out.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.21/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This is somewhat of a "nonevent" for a beer place. In fact, it's much more a high end bar that happens to have a cool vibe and neat "Mikkeller art" on the wall. The selection of beer, even Mikkeller, is nothing special - in fact, probably worse than most places. There are only 3 beers made special for the S.F. Mikkeller bar - otherwise, you can find everything else on your store shelf.

Very high end bar feeling and good food served "high end." However, this is a place sure to disappoint if you're going for the beer. Just my opinion.

This place has a world-class rating which I don't understand coming from beer people. This is one of the worst beer places I've ever been! Very cool and high fashioned if you want to take a date for a drink and hip dinner; but nothing as a beer place.

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Photo of A_Rad
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of spointon
4.51/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BabaBeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of k3ve
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of LittleDon
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Mikkeller Bar is a stark contrast from the Tenderloin neighborhood of which it sits on the border. It's dark and cool on the inside. Hip and modern with a clientele to match, it's nothing like the seedy urban decay, with it's junkies and prostitutes, that wait outside the door. The beer selection, both quality and variety, is fitting of the name. Lots of small local brews, everything served in the correct glass, and (as one reviewer already mentioned) at the right temperature (i.e., not overly cold, like many places). The food is passable bar food, as is the service. Besides the environs, the only other negative points are common ones: it can get crowded and loud. All-in-all, and IMHO, probably one of the two best beer bars in SF (the other being City Beer Market). Would I go back? Of course. I'd try to avoid late night and weekends because of the neighborhood (which I've been told by some locals is not overly dangerous if you look like you know where your going) and the crowds.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beerswag
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Some of the best beer you can find on tap in the States, serving beer at the correct temp, and loads of beer on draft. Food I didnt care for as much.

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Photo of Hawkfish
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Brown120
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of toronadotornado
3.74/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Nice lookin place, beer was a lil pricey, but somebody has to get those euros from the tourist. Place to go maybe twice a year if your local. Lots of yuppies & tourist, neither my cup of beer;(

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Photo of mayorQuimby
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of HookemHoos
2.92/5  rDev -33.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.5

Overpriced and overrated. There are better spots locally

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Photo of vtbeerandbud
3.74/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Bigdoc91
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.