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Mikkeller Bar

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

33 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
153
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
5.52%
 
 
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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Photo of TominSF
2.75/5  rDev -36.8%
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!

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Photo of GRG1313
3.21/5  rDev -26.2%
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 jhines18
3.27/5  rDev -24.8%
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 NJM
3.49/5  rDev -19.8%
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 mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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 BenHesk12
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Mikkeller is a super-hip beer bar and eatery in the tenderloin/market street area of SF. The atmosphere is low-light, very loud, and always crowded. The selection of beer is good but pricey. On my first visit I had a $10 10z to OL beer which was amazing, and a $6 Mikkeller IPA which was good. I had the pork sandwich which was smokey and delicious. If you want to pay top dollar for a big city vibe bar, this is the right place. If you want to enjoy multiple beers and food be prepared to spend at least $50 per person. The crowds and price will prevent me from coming here more than a few times a year, but if youre in the area it might be exactly what you're looking for.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
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 mothman
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
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 SABERG
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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 buzzword
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Just out of the Financial District bordering the Tenderloin sits the Mikkeller Bar in a very unassuming spot.

Inside is very large, with a good sized taplist that features a good amount of Mikkeller products, and some other interesting items as well. Cellarmaker beers can be found here as well sometimes, and some other other local offerings such as Magnolia.

Great attentive service, with a full decent kitchen. May not have the great amazing beers on tap but pretty close though, and the bottle list is fairly solid as well too. A good worthy stop.

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Photo of indianabeerman
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went on a Friday evening place was packed. Service was very good. bartender was very knowledgeable also took the time to help us thru our beer selection. Food was very good. atmosphere was great. only complaint was it was pricey.

here on vacation 1st week of may

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great spot at the edge of the Tenderloin. The food is excellent - try the house sausages. Excellent selection on tap and a solid bottle list. Particularly good stout selection. The Sour room downstairs was a great add. It tends to get busy/noisy on the weekends and service is typical SF slow. Overall, a must go.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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 orangesol
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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 mike3605
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Sludgeman
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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 dirtylou
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Everything about Mikkeller bar was about what i was expecting it to be - swanky hip modern decor, very crowded, very expensive, very interesting and appealing taps, bottles and food.

The Tenderloin location is convenient to City Beer/Cellarmaker - the hip space results in a pretty trendy environment, but it really only took a few minutes to land two seats at the bar. I didnt really explore the sour room in the basement.

I definitely respect the sophistication of the tap system which allows variable temperatures depending on the beer - not something you see very often. The tap list was a little hard to navigate - with oddly named beers from Mikkeller clogging the visual field and very expensive de struise pours occupying much of the Belgian selection.

The bottle list was strong, with a heavy focus on sour/wild ales. An impromptu gueuze sessions consisting of 3F, Hanssens, Cantillon St Gilloise was a nice touch for the evening.

Food seems strong - surprisingly not opting to go for small/large plates of eclectic euro fare, but instead focusing on a few sandwiches and a good selection of house-made sausages. The reuben was excellent.

I enjoyed this place, but it's certainly going to turn a lot of people off.

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Photo of lambtron
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Great selection of beer that rotates daily. They serve beer by the temperature. Relaxed casual atmosphere and knowledgeable staff. Sometimes it can be hard to find a seat.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%

The atmopshere here is a bit dark, despite the light woods and brick walls. Definte warehouse feel here. A U-shaped bar seats about 20. Some tables and benches are available for dining. There was about 40 beers on draft and a decent number of bottles. The beers I had over two trips were all fresh and tasty. Service was mellow which fit the vibe of the place.

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Photo of jellikit
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: chill. Slightly dark. Brick walls. Nice art. Clean.
Quality: fantastic. Beer poured through a high-tech tap. Food is fresh and tasty.
Service: friendly and informed.
Selection: wow. What else can they serve...?
Food: tasty. Had the charcuterie plate. Yum.
Price: reasonable for Cslifornia.

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