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
3139 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
BART: 16th Street Mission
MUNI J Line: Church Street & 16th Street
M, W–Th 4pm–2am, Tu, F 2pm–2am, Sa–Su 1pm–2am
Mission, San Francisco –
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.
Local hipsters, dive-hoppers, punks, rockers, hip-hop fans, dance happy 80s nuts, and casual college kids, 20s to 30s.
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.
No food. Happy Hour daily open–7pm. Dog friendly. Cash only.
Beer $2–$6, cocktails and shots $3–$7, wine $5.
Casual: graphic t-shirts, ripped jeans, leather jackets, vintage sweaters, plaid, heavy denim, blouses, colorful skirts.
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.
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.