Mikkeller Bar

BA SCORE
95
world-class

35 Reviews
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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Added by MasterSki on 07-17-2013

PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
160
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
5.3%
 
 
Taps:
40
Bottles/Cans:
5
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Photo of John_M
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Located just down the street from our hotel, MBB was pretty much a spot I had to visit during a recent stay in SF. I'm not sure exactly what I expected, but given the trendy, touristy location, I guess I was expecting something bit more upscale In fact, MBB is a low key, laid back beer bar with a large wrap around bar in the back (roughly 40 seats would be my estimate), along with maybe 12 or 15 small tables and chairs. The vibe is very informal and low key, which is something I always tend to appreciate, even when unexpected. In terms of the beer, there were something like 42 different beer on tap, which included a couple of cask offerings. Roughly half the menu is made up with Mikkeller breweing stalwarts, including things like brunch weasel, Big Worse, Black hole, and so on. The guest draft selections seemed to be from primarily local breweries, though I was pleased to see a beer from Commons brewery in Portland on the tap list. For whatever reason, this day they seemed to have a fair number of beers from Fieldwork, Factor and Cloudwater. All breweries I'd heard of, but whose beers I'd never sampled before. In any event, suffice to say they have a pretty extensive, varied and interesting tap list. One thing I found interesting, that I've never seen before, is that MBB seems to be making a special effort to serve their beer at the correct temperature. I think they had 3 or 4 separate categories of beer, with each category listing a different temperature the beers are served at. Didn't try the food, but the menu items seemed interesting enough, with a number of sausage, chaucuterie and cheese selections taking central stage on the menu. Service was quite good. The folks working here really seemed to know their stuff, and they struck me as quite professional. Service was quick and polite, with the staff more than happy to answer any questions one might have. The service here struck me as a cut above what I encounter at most beer bars.

The only real problem with this place is the pricing of the beers here. The MBB is located in a trendy and expensive part of SF, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that a pint of IPA would cost $7 or $8 for a pint, while an 8 ounce pour of BA stout would be in the $11 to $12 range. Just comes with the territory I guess.

The price for the beers here not withstanding, this is clearly an outstanding beer bar in SF. I'd certainly drop by again any time I'm in the area.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: Nice simple layout with a huge bar. Very minimalist design simply focusing on getting you some good beer.

Quality: taplist includes loads of quality options, ranging from Mikkeller beer to most SF must try's. They also have specialized tap system to serve beers at different temps.

Service: came here for lunch a couple of times the week I was here and the service was always good. attentive, nice and helpful

Selection: May not be the best but it can't be far off. Lots of cool Mikkeller and European options. Some great variety of CA beers along with some other regional to national hits. Two cask options also bolsters the list.

Overall: a great place to hang out and try some beers you won't see a lot of places. I enjoyed the variety of taps and appreciated the temp differences and cask options.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
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 NJM
3.49/5  rDev -19.6%
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 mike3605
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +2.8%
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 Phil-Fresh
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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 SABERG
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
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 amano_h
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
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 mothman
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
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%
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 LittleDon
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Dodgerrigo77
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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 BenHesk12
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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 JonahNW
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Rad bar. Great design, good food, amazing tap-list, and the sour room downstairs is excellent. You pay for all this niceness, of course, sometimes to extreme degrees: I spotted three 750 ml bottles of 1998 3F Geuze in the sour-room fridge a couple months ago, going for $150 a pop ... which crazily almost kinda-sorta seemed reasonable, but I've gone off the geuze deep end.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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 lambtron
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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 Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +6%

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 Tazmaniandavis
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Mikkeller Bar is a great place to get great beer. Although it's in a shady area of SF (Tenderloin), once you get there the bar is very nice on the inside. I usually try to go during non-peak hours so I can avoid the crazyness of the weekend crowds. The beer is stellar and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They have some pretty decent snack offerings as well.

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Photo of pants678
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Pricey, yeah, but a rel eclectic selection for everyone. Didn't have anything to eat but I did get a de Struise stout and an Ichtegems grand cru. Service was snappy, glasses and temps all tailored, seating ample. Zero complaints.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Just a short walk from the Union Square.

First of all--this place does beer right. 40 taps. Multiple serving temps--4 I believe and perfect glassware. Had my first Alpine Nelson on tap--just phenomenal. Two local cask ale options. Servers were knowledgeable and helped folks who needed it and could chat local and regional all night. Took a big group there and there was something for all.

Looks pretty new and a little warehouse like. They had some food but didn't try. Not open real late.

Will definitely go back when visiting.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Mikkeller Bar in SF is fast becoming one of my favorite “destination” spots. It’s accessible, albeit in a ‘gritty’ part of town, classy enough for out-of-town visitors yet still approachable for locals. Sure, since its Mikkeller, you are going to pay a premium—but their prices are comparable with pints at most places I’ve been to lately, and certainly on par or better than what you’ll find at the nicer spots nearby. The service has gone from impeccable to even better. I don’t know if this is part of the Mikkeller experience but on my last visit I asked for a description of a beer and the server, without even being asked to, gathered two tasters—one for me, one for her. We both sipped and discussed what we were drinking, and she based subsequent recommendations for my party on that conversation. How cool is that!

Bottom line is, as long as they keep doing what they’ve been doing then I’ll keep going back for more. Nicely done.

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Photo of jellikit
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
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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