Laszlo

Bar / Lounge
Laszlo San Franciscans expect to find everything from gritty dives to upscale lounges in The Mission, but Laszlo – at least for now – is the neighborhood's only communist-themed drinking den. San Francisco United States 37.7565165105827 -122.419002056122
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Party Earth Review San Franciscans expect to find everything from gritty dives to upscale lounges in The Mission, but Laszlo – at least for now – is the neighborhood’s only communist-themed drinking den. Granted, the commie vibe is subtle... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    BART: 24th Street Mission
    MUNI J Line: Church Street & 22nd Street

  • Phone:

    415-401-0810

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  • Hours:

    M–F 6pm–2am, Sa–Su 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Laszlo Review

The Scene

San Franciscans expect to find everything from gritty dives to upscale lounges in The Mission, but Laszlo – at least for now – is the neighborhood's only communist-themed drinking den.

San Franciscans expect to find everything from gritty dives to upscale lounges in The Mission, but Laszlo – at least for now – is the neighborhood’s only communist-themed drinking den.

Granted, the commie vibe is subtle, mostly represented by a mix of Cold War-era propaganda on the otherwise bare walls, red and black banquettes and couches, and cocktails with names like Russia House (vodka and ginger liqueur).

Happy Hour caters to a mix of casually hip penny pinchers in the mood for Trumer Pils on the cheap and trendier types waiting for a table at Foreign Cinema – Laszlo’s upscale adjoining sister restaurant – although anyone can enjoy Foreign’s signature oyster appetizers or anything else off the menu without leaving their seat.

Nightly DJs spinning old-school hip-hop and R&B draw bigger crowds later on, but given the industrial venue’s size it doesn’t take much for the place to become shoulder-to-shoulder with a mélange of plaid-clad artists and post-dinner foodies talking loudly or shimmying in the limited space.

A mezzanine level provides somewhat of a reprieve from the masses, as well as a cozy lounge area for the bottle service set that frequently rents out the upstairs, all the better to stare over the wrought-iron railing at the common man below.

Marrying modern hip with industrial cool, Laszlo makes it easy for the proletariat and bourgeois classes to get along – at least until last call.

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Tip from Jonah:

Come a little earlier so you can beat the late-night frenzy and call dibs on the upstairs – so long as it isn’t rented. The mezzanine has a great view of the bar and the movies on the back wall, not to mention more room to enjoy your drinks once the place fills up.

  • Crowd

    Mission hipsters, barhoppers, trendy young professionals, creative types, upscale foodies pre- and post-dinner at Foreign Cinema, and anyone in The Mission looking for a $2 beer that isn’t PBR, mid-20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin mostly hip-hop, R&B, and reggae dancehall nightly. Movies are often broadcast on the back wall, though rarely audible.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu available from neighboring Foreign Cinema features an ever-rotating selection of upscale fare liked smoked salmon and Kobe beef but always includes the popular fresh oyster platters. Bottle service. Mezzanine available for rental. Happy Hour daily 6–9pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $2.50–$13, oysters $2.50–$3/per oyster or $24–$26/dozen, entrées $22–$28. Beer $4–$6, wine $7–$9, cocktails $9, bottle service $175–$225. Mezzanine rental requires bottle service or bar tab minimum based on number of guests.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Hipster casual to trendy: tight jeans, Buddy Holly eyeglasses, plaid, beanies, cocktail dresses, miniskirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the week for a mellow scene or Thursday through Saturday nights for a packed and diverse crowd.

  • Close By

    Doc’s Clock (2575 Mission Street) is usually less crowded and features great Happy Hour specials ideal for launching a night of barhopping.

Laszlo User Reviews

Average rating:
Must go!
Gor G. Jun 8, 2013
There's no better way to kick off a weekend when you've a splendid cocktail and 'The Graduate' playing!!!! Imagine my friend and my husband teasing me, lovingly, about the "Andhra drink" - - you see, my family is from Andhra Pradesh, a south Indian state that boasts of the spiciest sauces (what we call the pickles and chutneys)!! [http://en.wikipedia.org/… Well, Laszlo has a drink on their menu that is called something ".......Heat....." - it is infused with jalapeno. TERRIFIC! After 3 of those, I suppose I could walk along the Marin Headlands and/or the Golden Gate while it's 50.F in a bikini!! :))) Their Bourbons are good, and one other cocktail that my husband had was good...the name slips my mind now. Hmm! I loved that they have this lil cosy mezzanine like area. Tender lighting...if I can say that. I loved their old television - but that box did not play the movie :O) Ambience - 5 ***** Menu - 5 ***** Price - 4**** (implying, it's moderately priced. Not too expensive, but just right!) Music - 4.5 ***** Service - 4 ***** ( they take a while to clean up, but I guess overall, it is not that bad) Definitely a place to go to!
Upscale but not stuffy
Kirsty E. Feb 22, 2013
Perfect for early evening drinks with friends, this bar is a one of the best places in the Mission to pre-game. Although it gets crowded after 8 or 9, earlier in the day it's a tranquil, chilled-out little haven ideal for escaping the craziness of The Mission. All the food comes from Foreign Cinema next door, and the fact that the bar is attached to a high-end restaurant means shared bathrooms that don't get scary later in the evening. Sit at the bar and order a mojito to vicariously purge the frustration of a bad day at work by watching the bartender pound on your lime with a little wooden mallet, or snag a table by the window on the mezzanine if you plan to stay for a while. Bonus features - windows that actually open, always a good thing in a bar, and excellent though pricey food from Foreign Cinema next door.
Historical
Rachel G. Dec 11, 2012
Historical dive bar at it's finest! My roommate is obsessed with Foreign Cinema. So one night we went to Foreign Cinema and then stumbled on over to this little gem right next door! I have to say, I was blown away just by walking in. The fact that the bar had two stories to me was impressive. Think about it, how many bars in San Francisco do you know that go up a second floor? Not many. I also loved the historical aspect to it. I think it gave the bar a very unique vibe. Though I think it's the same owners as Foreign Cinema, you can see how these two tie together and how the street in which these are located are going for a certain kind of feel. I highly suggest checking this place out, it's cool I promise.
Commie Foreign Cinema
Jayson M. Aug 12, 2012
Title sums up my thoughts, and that's actually meant to be a positive. You can post up to the bar, order some complex fruity cocktail, and have food brought in from Foreign Cinema right next door (believe they are owned by same folks). Suffers the same mission madness on weekends as all the bars around here do, but I love it as a sleek pregame spot that is just fancy enough to make it good for a date or good to just chill with your friends. I've rented the upstairs balcony out for private parties on more than a couple occasions, always a great time. Plenty of cheaper spots nearby if you're on more of a budget, although their drinks are cheaper than Cinema's, so if you want to tank up a bit before an actual sit down in FC, it's also not a bad bet.
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