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Mikkeller Bar

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29 Reviews
Reviews: 29
Visits: 134
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: 29 | Visits: 134
Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A quick stopover in San Fran my wife and I stopped in early afternoon 8/4/14 and it was pretty quiet with just a few tables occupied but people were starting to come in. Everything was new and "hip" and looked nice inside unlike the area outside, pretty rough area for a posh beer bar. 40+ taps served over three temperatures for different styles and a great bottle list of stuff from all over. The server was a young girl but she clearly had been well trained and could answer any questions I could think of. We had a charcuterie board and it was solid, nice meats and cheeses. Downstairs wasn't open but I have a feeling it would be if we stayed for a few hours, bartender said the whole place would be packed by 5. I suppose for American standards its pricy but I just landed from 6 weeks in NZ and Australia where everything costs a fortune and things seemed reasonable to me. I wish I had more time to explore the tap list but we were quite rushed, I'd go back in a heartbeat if I found myself in San Fran again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Supergenou
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of metter98
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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

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Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.