Mikkeller Bar

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Bar, Eatery

34 Mason St
San Francisco, California, 94102-2806
United States

(415) 984-0279 | map
mikkellerbar.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.37
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
178
pDev:
8.92%
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 178
Reviews by amano_h:
Photo of amano_h
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BerryKumquat
2.89/5  rDev -33.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Suds
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

We visited this incredible beer bar twice on a recent trip to San Francisco. Located just south of Union Square, it is easy to find, underneath a tall neon sign. The bar itself is sparse, with tall ceilings and bright lights. The beer list is extraordinary. IN addition to the quirky, interesting beers of Mikkeller, they also had almost a dozen world class brews from all over the world. The servers were friendly, hard-working, and happy to discuss any of the beers. We didn't try any food, although it looked like delicious European cafe fare. This is a must-visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of RollTide7
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

Overall pretty good selection, and first place I ever got to try Prairie Bomb! Space is very open and industrial though it does get very crowded. Overall wasn't a fan of the food especially at the prices, its gourmet hot dogs etc. for like $15-$20. Beers are also a bit pricey as well. There is a bar downstairs that typically has more sours and may be a better bet if upstairs is crowded.

As others note its in the Tenderloin which is not the best area of the city and typically has a lot of homeless and people doing drugs openly in the streets so be aware of your surroundings. I personally prefer other places in the city like City Beer, Cellarmaker, and Tornonado.

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Photo of NickThaFish
4.37/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of fehrminator
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

For Monday night bar was pretty busy but fast and prompt service and all the food we order was great but for just beer bar the tap pricing were pretty high, 60 bucks for a bottle logic pour is stupid and while they have a great tap list and high pricing would be nice to have at least option of half pours on some of the beers.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was visiting San Francisco on business and decided to stop in with a friend for lunch. Mikkeller Bar SF had a fun contemporary ambience (think recovered industrial space with functional but attractive furnishings). Keep in mind, it is located on the edge of the Tender Loin area, so the street activity on that stretch of Mason leaves much to be desired.

MBSF has a very nice range of seating styles available in a reasonably large space, several dozen brews available, including many guest offerings from other breweries. Among the offerings, there were two cask conditioned ales; I had the Moonlight Homegrown Fresh Hop Ale which was just awesome. Really enjoyed the food, which (amazingly) was NOT too salty.

The service was also knowledgeable, efficient, and quick. The whole experience bespoke a consumer focus that I have rarely experienced and a confidence that the beer and the food would speak for themselves that would bring customers back again and again. That confidence is well deserved; I'd stop in regularly were I local.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of blisscent
4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of gspeer711
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of RMW66
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Yes, the area borders skid row, but that's the Tenderloin. Easily accessible by BART or MUNI. Nice industrial decor with brick walls. Kinda dark but it sets the mood. The service was great. Bartenders were on top things. Beer selection was good. First time trying beer from Mikkeller and did enjoy the Mr. Cloudy IIPA. The food was ok. Nothing to write home about. Got crowed with tech workers during the early afternoon, uggg. Other than that, I'd go back for the beer.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of tobelerone
4.24/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Tasty sausages and sides, excellent draft list mixing mikkeller brews and great guests, exceptional and expensive bottle list. Staff is friendly, attentive and welcoming. Clientele on a Friday night was pretty bad though, screaming throngs of tech bros and so on. Suppose that goes with the territory. Prices on the higher side but not the outlandish or even surprising. As a nyc guy this was par for the course.

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Photo of MKrauss
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jordanginsberg
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of amesetz
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Was looking forward to visit here the whole week leading up to my SF trip. Definitely met my expectations. Great beer and all served at the proper temperatures. OK prices, but if you consider that you're in SF the prices are really reasonable for the quality and selection of the beer. Got a few Spontan series beers and tried a few other guest taps which were all exceptional. A must visit if you are in SOMA.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of needMIbeer
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of John_M
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
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 ha-sheem
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
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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Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, CA
Place rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 178 ratings