The Hideout at Dalva

Cocktail Bar / Speakeasy
The Hideout at Dalva A covert bar inside another bar, The Hideout is a classy alternative to the neighboring dives that dominate 16th Street, including Dalva, the very one it's hidden behind. San Francisco United States 37.764865 -122.422488
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The Hideout at Dalva - Cocktail Bar | Speakeasy in San Francisco.
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Party Earth Review A covert bar inside another bar, The Hideout is a classy alternative to the neighboring dives that dominate 16th Street, including Dalva, the very one it’s hidden behind. Small groups of young professionals plow through... ... read full review

  • Metro:

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

  • Phone:

    415-252-7740

  • Hours:

    Daily 7pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Hideout at Dalva Review

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A covert bar inside another bar, The Hideout is a classy alternative to the neighboring dives that dominate 16th Street, including Dalva, the very one it's hidden behind.

A covert bar inside another bar, The Hideout is a classy alternative to the neighboring dives that dominate 16th Street, including Dalva, the very one it’s hidden behind.

Small groups of young professionals plow through the long room that makes up Dalva, past the horse painting and projection screen showing silent films, and through a small door in back that could easily be mistaken for the bathroom. Beyond that door, however, lies a cocktailer’s tiny paradise. The half-dozen seats at the intimate bar invariably fill with mixology buffs – skinny-jeaned and suited-and-tied alike – while a handful of round tables invite couples to cozy in with a bourbon flight and a few pre-dinner snacks like house-made chicharrón, a dish made with fried pork rinds.

Low beams and sultry red banquettes tucked in the corners give the space a distinct speakeasy quality, and it’s clear from the roster of visiting bartenders from institutions like Bourbon & Branch that this little space isn’t just for show. Because the drinks are high caliber, the service is slow, so by 10pm getting a beverage – let alone a seat – becomes an exercise in patience.

The reward for waiting, however, is the chance to sip some of the most intricate libations available in The Mission – proof positive that The Hideout is simply too attractive to have stayed hidden for long.

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Tip from Jonah:

The great thing about drinking in a bar within a bar is that if The Hideout doesn’t have the selection you’re looking for, just walk back out to Dalva. They have a much larger beer list.

  • Crowd

    Local hipsters with some money to spare, intellectual cocktail lovers, young professionals, and a few blue-collar Dalva regulars who’ve wandered in to see what all the fuss is about, late 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient indie rock.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small snacks like beef jerky and meat chicharrón, a dish made with fried pork rinds.

  • Prices

    Beef jerky and meat chicharrón $3. Beer $4–$17, cocktails $10–$12, bourbon and whiskey $8–$50, rum $8–$20, tequila $8–$30, gin $8–$20, brandy $8–$20, scotch $8–$65.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster to slightly trendy: tailored blazers, silk scarves, designer jeans, vests, sweaters.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights after 10pm for a hopping, sweaty, shoulder-to-shoulder experience, or early evenings anytime for a laid-back loungey feel perfect for an intimate pre- or post-dinner drink.

  • Close By

    The Monk’s Kettle (3141 16th Street) offers quality chow like short ribs, burgers, and daily roasts, as well as a large beer selection and delicious baked pretzels.

The Hideout at Dalva User Reviews

Average rating:
A speakeasy joint that many San Franciscans still don't know about
Keane L. May 15, 2013
It's a fact: Dalva is a great bar. When surrounding spots like Casanova or Kilowatt are shoulder-to-shoulder, Dalva always carries a perfectly sized crowd. With great beers on tap, friendly service and movies playing above, it's one of the best dive bars in the Mission District. Okay. You know that already. More recently, Dalva opened up a separate bar hidden in the back. Navigate through the dudes standing in line, waiting for the restroom, and you'll find the Hideout. It's a speakeasy joint that many San Franciscans still don't know about. Elegant, dark and intimate, it's the ideal place for a quiet(er) drink if you're bringing along a date. Order from a menu of carefully mixed house specialties or — as I like to do — just go straight for that Manhattan.
Delicious drinks in a sexy atmosphere
Wes R. Mar 28, 2013
This hidden gem in the back of Dalva can get crowded on weekends, but hit it up on a weeknight before or after a movie at the Roxy Theater next door. Intricately prepared cocktails make this a great spot for the fancy cocktail lover. The sultry atmosphere mixed with strong drinks means it isn't uncommon to see someone making out in one of the dark corner booths. Don’t be afraid to ask the bartenders for a cocktail recommendation; if you're in the mood for mezcal, go with The Hideout Sour, a deliciously smoky blend of Fidencio Clásico Mezcal, honey vinegar, lemon, egg white and Angostura. The foamy texture makes for a potent but incredibly rich and smooth concoction.
Hideaway @ The Hideout
Veronica R. Feb 20, 2013
The Hideout is one of my favorite bars in the Mission. It's actually hidden away inside another bar, Dalva, and is a fairly small, dark room with a bar and several tables. Call it a casual night (no high heels or suits necessary) and enjoy a drink with a friend or two - obviously the small space doesn't make it the best venue for large parties. However, if you want a good cocktail (surprisingly good ones for a not-so-fancy place) and amazing music, The Hideout is the perfect place for you. Best of all, this laid-back bar, is open until 2am - even on Sundays.
Hideout in another bar
Rachel G. Dec 11, 2012
It is exactly what it sounds like! There is a HIDEOUT at Dalva! I love the idea of having a hidden bar inside another bar. It's so 1920's and Speakeasy like! Totally not the cheapest of bars I have ever been to, but totally worth spending some money here! I did get a weird vibe from the crowd, but I didn't mind because I loved the ambiance of the bar itself. The crowd is sort of a young hipster yuppy crowd. I got the feeling that I "didn't belong" because I wasn't throwing down 100s in my stilettos, but I am well trained in brushing this off. Despite the bad environment of crowds, I still highly suggest this place to everyone!
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