Delirium

Dive Bar
Delirium Delirium in SF's Mission district has cheap drinks and DJs spinning different music nightly. Check out Party Earth for more on this San Francisco dive. San Francisco United States 37.764845 -122.422832
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Delirium - Dive Bar in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review Delirium means severe confusion resulting from illness, and seeing as how this grungy Mission joint serves up loud music and ridiculously low-priced drinks nightly, it’s not a stretch to suggest that regulars have a propensity... ... read full review

  • Metro:

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

  • Phone:

    415-552-5525

  • Hours:

    M, W–Th 4pm–2am, Tu, F 2pm–2am, Sa–Su 1pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Delirium Review

The Scene

Delirium in SF's Mission district has cheap drinks and DJs spinning different music nightly. Check out Party Earth for more on this San Francisco dive.

Delirium means severe confusion resulting from illness, and seeing as how this grungy Mission joint serves up loud music and ridiculously low-priced drinks nightly, it’s not a stretch to suggest that regulars have a propensity to go off the deep end.

Given the frosted glass walls, a battered cloth awning, and an entryway crisscrossed with metal bars, one might expect a dark and dreary scene inside, but the place is actually alive with graffiti and art prints, glowing televisions tuned to no coherent theme whatsoever, and the constant yelp of pinball machines.

The crowd can be equally contradictory, with punks and emo kids slinging back barebones Happy Hour pints with blue collar Joes and budget-centric college students, as the herd of local hipsters knock around the faded pool table or pull a few old-school hits from the tired jukebox.

Things really pick up around 10pm when nightly DJs spin a wide variety of styles, drawing packs of young partiers to the lounge/dance area in back. Mohawks fly during Friday’s punk night, 80s classics fill the dance floor with festive revelers on Saturdays, and hip-hop gets due attention once Sunday evening rolls around.

The dive’s motto – “Service for the sick” – is highlighted in neon over the bar, and whether patrons are suffering from a lack of music or a lack of cash, it’s clear that Delirium provides treatment for both.

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Tip from Jonah:

Drop in early on the weekends if you’re hungry! Delirium has free barbecue grub from 2:30 to 6pm with a two-drink minimum.

  • Crowd

    Local hipsters, dive-hoppers, punks, rockers, hip-hop fans, dance happy 80s nuts, and casual college kids, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Five TVs tuned to all manner of broadcasts. DJs spin multiple styles of music nightly, including funk, punk, 80s hits, rock, and hip-hop. Jukebox stocked with a good selection of both old-school hits and obscurities. Handful of pinball and arcade machines. Pool table.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Happy Hour daily open–7pm. Dog friendly. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Beer $2–$6, cocktails and shots $3–$7, wine $5.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: graphic t-shirts, ripped jeans, leather jackets, vintage sweaters, plaid, heavy denim, blouses, colorful skirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Musical tastes will determine the best night. Otherwise, Fridays after 10pm for getting one’s punk on with a big crowd, and the same time on Saturdays to party with the 80s addicts.

  • Close By

    On Fridays and Saturdays, Urbun Burger (581 Valencia Street) doles out build-your-own burgers and vegetarian dishes until 3am, perfect for a post-drinking nosh fest.

Delirium User Reviews

Average rating:
Drink & Dive
Babak H. May 15, 2013
Delirium is one of Mission's funnest dive bars. The place is long and narrow with a dance floor in the dark back room where people can get down to anything from 80s tunes to indie jams. On weekends, it gets packed, but that's when it's the most fun. The recent removal of that unnecessary pool table also frees up the space quite a bit. This is a great spot to start your Mission bar-hop-- have some cheap fun and see where the night takes you. Come here for the $2 cans Tecates, stay for even more Tecates.
I get it, I get it, it's a dive bar
Alison S. May 1, 2013
Yes, there are hipsters everywhere. Yes, the bathrooms are decorated exclusively in graffiti. Yes, there is an old pit bull that likes to hang around. While I actually appreciated the friendly dog and that the bartender changed to tv channel to the A's game for me, this Oakland girl, expert on grit, wasn't buying the gritty vibe. It's a dive bar all right, and they sure won't let you forget it, either. They're going for authentic and un-pretentious and I'm not sure they nailed it. But the drinking selection is simple and cheap, which makes it a great place to get really sloshed and dance to the pop standards in the back. If that's how you like it, I recommend this place with groups or early week nights. Not the worst place to catch the ballgame, not the best to be alone and female at 1 am.
Roll up your right pant leg and show off that bike-related tattoo at Delirium
Matt F. Feb 11, 2013
In all probability, many a client has succumbed to the state of mind promised by this bar's title, but the prevailing mood of Delirium is one of carefully cultivated aloofness, something it has in common with more than a few Mission bars. The visual aesthetic is unpretentious and spartan: a long bar lined with the usual olio of spirits, mixers and beer leading to an open space occupied by a frayed and slanted pool table, after which you go through a door into a dimly lit, smoke-choked little room where young people with painted-on pants dance to anything from early-60s soul to 80's New Wave. The most common beverage is a cheap can of beer (Tecate or Pabst, usually) plus shot of some grog (Jameson, Bushmills, Fernet). Ask for anything more involved and you're likely to be directed with a jerk of the thumb next door to Dalva, where they make, like, drinks with stuff in them. If this kind of calculated standoffishness annoys you, then you shouldn't have gone in there in the first place. If, on the other hand, this sounds like a warm bath for the soul, then trust in your judgement and get a seat at the bar while the getting's good.
Service for the Sick
Rachel G. Nov 7, 2012
Definition of a dive bar in the dirty awesome hipster district of the Mission. Stepping into this bar I was a little turned off by how grungy and dirty the place was, but I began to love it's style and funk it carried. One of my favorite aspects is the large room in the very very back where dj's spin vinyl in a black-light room. I am a huge fan of vinyl and fell in love with the low-maintenance look of this bar.
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