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Mikkeller Bar

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

25 Reviews
Reviews: 25
Visits: 124
rAvg: 4.3
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

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Place added by: MasterSki on 07-17-2013

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Reviews: 25 | Visits: 124
Photo of joshklein069
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I've been to Mikkeller's SF location at least three times since it opened (also been to the locations in Copenhagen) The atmosphere is great, clean and simple decor but comfortable. The standout here is the tap list, 42 really really great taps, mix of local, California and european beer. All the beer I have tried is in top condition, this place brags about its tap system and ability to pour draft at three temperatures (like Church Key in DC) and rightly so. In the cellar is a sour room with some rare Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen to note. looks like a mock up of the Copenhagen bars, a bit strange looking to most Americans I bet. Overall one of the best Beer Bars I have been to. (686 characters)

Photo of TominSF
2.75/5  rDev -36%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4

I have to agree with jhines. I was excited to read about this place, but the excitement ended as soon as I walked in. Food-court decor, abysmal service, every beer served in the same small (.25L) chablis glass, ignorant crowd, high prices. A week ago I was enjoying a IV Saison at Cafe Belgie in Utrecht, NL -- this was certainly a letdown! (340 characters)

Photo of jhines18
3.27/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.25 | selection: 4.75

Way too packed. Doucey crowd. If you are a twenty five year old in finance this is your bar. If you care about beer and are excited about the beers on tap don't waste your time. You won't get served and its packed with assholes who know nothing about beer (255 characters)

Photo of buzzword
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The build-out of this space was very tastefully done - simple, good layout, and has exactly what a pub of this type needs: a few booths, some shared common tables, plenty of bar space, and counter space for standing/eating/drinking. The beer is served thoughtfully and tastefully, with three different operating temperatures for their incredibly elaborate tap system. I really like the fact that there is no chalkboard tap list, but I also dislike the self-perpetuating need for printed matter that serves this cause. I'm torn on this. Chalkboards have their place, but the high end feel of this place would not be served by a chalkboard in this man's opinion.

Foodwise, I do realize that most avowed beer drinkers, unlike myself, are probably not vegetarians. The menu, however, does include a nice (albeit expensive by comparison to more authentic offerings elsewhere) tofu banh mi, and a cabbage 'tenderloin entree' that I have yet to try.

The service staff is well informed and polite. While I was able to navigate the beer menu comprehensively, the waitress did suggest some beers that were running particularly low that we should - and did - try while they were available. On that note, the beer selection was good, though the taplist they posted for the first night of the soft opening did not include some of the rarities I was hoping to sample - fou' foune for example. Apparently some of those will become available when the Tivoli Sour Room opens downstairs. Speaking of downstairs, the restroom seems a bit of a hike when you've already had a few high ABV beers.

TL;DR - Nice space, good beer, good food, well-informed service. I'll be back for the grand opening, and hopefully the fou' foune keg isn't kicked by then. (1,735 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited a couple of times during their soft opening period. Was extremely busy around opening time (5-8 pm) but thinned out a little later on in the evening.

Tap list was very long - about 40 strong (?) or so and featured mostly European breweries with only about 7 or 8 of the taps being Mikkeller beers. There were also a few American taps, including a couple of local SF-area beers, Stone IRS, Old Rasputin and a few others.

Atmosphere is really cool. Open concept, modern and trendy. Service was also excellent, especially considering how busy it was. Service was also helpful and knowledgeable. A touch pricey. (619 characters)

Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, CA
94 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.