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
2526 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
BART: 24th Street Mission
MUNI J Line: Church Street & 22nd Street
M–F 6pm–2am, Sa–Su 11am–2am
Mission, San Francisco –
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.
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.
DJs spin mostly hip-hop, R&B, and reggae dancehall nightly. Movies are often broadcast on the back wall, though rarely audible.
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.
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.
Hipster casual to trendy: tight jeans, Buddy Holly eyeglasses, plaid, beanies, cocktail dresses, miniskirts.
Early in the week for a mellow scene or Thursday through Saturday nights for a packed and diverse crowd.
Doc’s Clock (2575 Mission Street) is usually less crowded and features great Happy Hour specials ideal for launching a night of barhopping.