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
3121 16th Street
San Francisco CA 94110
BART: 16th Street Mission
MUNI J Line: Church Street & 16th Street
Mission, San Francisco –
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.
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.
Ambient indie rock.
Small snacks like beef jerky and meat chicharrón, a dish made with fried pork rinds.
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.
Hipster to slightly trendy: tailored blazers, silk scarves, designer jeans, vests, sweaters.
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.
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.