Mikkeller Bar

BA SCORE
96
world-class

160 Ratings
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:
96
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
35
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
5.3%
 
 
Taps:
40
Bottles/Cans:
5
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 35
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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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 cmo805
5/5  rDev +15.2%

THE SOUR ROOM BELOW IS THE SHIT!!!! ONE OF MY FAVORITE BARS WHEN IN TOWN. ALWAYS SURPRISING ME WITH A GOOD SELECTION.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of SpartacusV1
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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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 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 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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4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Awesome place, awesome beers, great pub food and cheeses available

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4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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