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Mikkeller Bar

Not Rated.
Mikkeller BarMikkeller Bar
BA SCORE
98
world-class

85 Ratings
Ratings: 85
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.82%
Taps: 40
Bottles: 5
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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

Notes:
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(Place added by: MasterSki on 07-17-2013)
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2.75/5  rDev -37.8%
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!

Photo of jhines18
3.27/5  rDev -26%
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

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Photo of buzzword
4.11/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, CA
98 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.