500 Club

Bar
500 Club Although it's doubtful anyone will spy posh princesses traipsing below the 500 Club's retro sign, those who love a classic neighborhood dive will find a room where the Giants and Niners are welcome, the Happy Hour or other... San Francisco United States 37.763043 -122.424084
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Party Earth Review Although it’s doubtful anyone will spy posh princesses traipsing below the 500 Club’s retro sign, those who love a classic neighborhood dive will find a room where the Giants and Niners are welcome, the... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Bart: 16th Street Mission
    MUNI J Line: Church Street & 16th Street

  • Phone:

    415-861-2500

  • Hours:

    M–Sa 11am–2am, Su 10am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth 500 Club Review

The Scene

Although it's doubtful anyone will spy posh princesses traipsing below the 500 Club's retro sign, those who love a classic neighborhood dive will find a room where the Giants and Niners are welcome, the Happy Hour or other...

Although it’s doubtful anyone will spy posh princesses traipsing below the 500 Club’s retro sign, those who love a classic neighborhood dive will find a room where the Giants and Niners are welcome, the Happy Hour or other great specials run daily, the karaoke is brilliantly awful, and the photo booth is the stuff of legend.

A total hodgepodge of beer ads and press clippings hastily nailed to the wood paneling, the crepuscular venue’s décor mostly consists of mirrors stamped with liquor brands, dusty knick knacks, and the strangely fitting portrait of Burt Reynolds that lurks in a corner.

Blue-collar Joes and perennially unemployed techies start early, slinging back $2 domestics at a nicked bar that takes up half the room, while already half-cocked old timers ensconced in the dark padded booths shoo away the always-welcome dogs.

The place perks up on Fridays when it overflows with festive youngsters in scarves and blazers and flirty friends documenting their night in the photo booth and tacking their pics to a nearby board.

Weekends begin with sports fans catching a game and brunch fans downing Bloody Marys until the early evening, at which point Sunday karaoke may or may not kick off depending on who’s working that night.

Although claustrophobics might want to stay away from The 500 Club, those who appreciate a well-run hole-in-the wall will definitely find a club they want to join.

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Tip from Jonah:

True to dive form, the price of drinks can sometimes vary depending on which bartender you’re talking to. Let it go…they’re still cheap.

  • Crowd

    The Mission hipster class, blue-collar types, tatted professionals, local boozers, sports fans, rowdy college types, a few guys with obvious dependency issues, those ladies who started smoking two packs a day at twelve and still look really hot from across a dark bar but not so much the next morning, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox fully loaded with classic rock and alt hits. Several TVs tuned to local sports. Photo booth. Pac-Man machine. Karaoke every other Sunday, call ahead to confirm.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar snacks. Sandwiches can be ordered in from the deli next door. Dog friendly. Happy Hour M–F open–7pm.

  • Prices

    Deli grub $5+. Beer $3–$5, wine $4, cocktails $4–$12, and shots $5–$7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: sports jerseys, ripped jeans, pea coats, scarves, vintage dresses, fitted sweaters, anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for an enthusiastic younger crowd, or around noon mid-week for an exciting anthropological study of the neighborhood’s older booze crowd.

  • Close By

    Kilowatt (3160 16th Street) has pool tables, pinball, darts, cheap beer, more dogs, and a similar neighborhood dive attitude.

500 Club User Reviews

Average rating:
500 starts for this!
Gor G. Jun 8, 2013
If your bar has a big ass neon sign, chances are I'm already smitten. That's classy as hell. The 500 club sits on a bad ass corner location which allows your friends within to see you coming from across the street through the open door. So much for sneaking up some some muffgahs. This joint gets packed as hell and it doesn't help that it's the typical San Francisco SAB. That means "Small Ass Bar." It's deceiving U-shape doesn't really connect at the back. Instead you'll run into a wall of booths where hordes of the tragically hip wait to hop into the cash-only photo booth that stopped working right when people were putting more money into it. The photo booth became a no-armed-bandit. Imagine that. Tall boy PBR is expensive up in this piece. $5 or $6 if I remember correctly. I'm noticing this a lot more around San Francisco. Don't tell anyone but I think it's a conspiracy to keep people who think they're ordering cheap beer actually pay more those who buy craft beers. I can't substantiate this claim but I'm sticking to it. I didn't expect to see so many soccer scarfs hanging around the bar. Perhaps they show games. I may never know.
500/10
Jonathan H. Jan 17, 2013
From hipster to hardcase this dive is frequented by everybody, and all are welcome. The 500 Club provides the warmth and comfort of drinking in the basement of a friend’s house. As a former resident of the neighborhood I’ve spent a fair amount of time ponied up to the bar and seen the crowd change throughout the day. But the dim light, cheap beer, and laid-back vibe remain no matter when you’re there. For sure a 500 out of 10. Bonus: you can order food from next door and have it brought to you, as long as you don’t mind your order being shouted for everybody to hear. Yeah, I’m eating those two sandwiches by myself.
SOLID
Rachel G. Nov 7, 2012
This is a solid dive bar in the Mission. It's small and mostly locals go there, but that is what I love about this place. Decorated with unique posters and bits of vintage, this is a great place to go for a low-key night. Take your best friend here or new found friend. It's a great place to talk and get to know someone. I wouldn't say this is the best place for a first date though.
My go to mission dive
Jayson M. Aug 29, 2012
‘Tis a dive, my lady, so thou shall expect stinky carpets that’s squish with the popping effervescence of spilled beer, a mix of D-bag Giants fans and D-bag hipsters, a dollop of grizzled old men who smell like butt, punks leering at friendly preppy girls who are “being adventurous,” cheap beer, bartenders that go from friendly to grumpy in the time it takes to the froth to settle, unbelievable awful karaoke, dogs lapping up spilled whiskey and farting anthrax, $6 Bloodys on the weekend that’ll peel the paint off an engine block, photo booth where many unspeakable things have happened, and 500 other reasons why I love this place. Would you call it a sports bar? Yeah, maybe when the game is on. It’s the only sports bar I will ever purposefully set foot in.
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