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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Reviews by orangesol:
Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of needMIbeer
4.21/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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 ha-sheem
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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 Eman17
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Pacioli1445
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of JMarimon
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BeerOps
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of kkdowning
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of billab914
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mexi_locobarrel
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of chrisjws
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

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 WesM63
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.73/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Howlader
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of pagriley
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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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Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco, CA
4.34 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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