Party Earth Review Home since the 1930s to a Spanish restaurant, a cowboy bar, and even a women’s nightclub, nowadays the Elbo Room is all about eclectic music and nightly Happy Hour specials. Reminiscent of a bordello, the space draws... ... read full review
647 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
BART: 16th Street Mission
MUNI F Line: Church Street & 17th Street
Mission, San Francisco –
Home since the 1930s to a Spanish restaurant, a cowboy bar, and even a women’s nightclub, nowadays the Elbo Room is all about eclectic music and nightly Happy Hour specials.
Reminiscent of a bordello, the space draws neighborhood hipsters early in the evening, who belly up to the bar to down PBR tallboys in the red hue of paper lanterns. As the night progresses, the mellow vibe gives way to a livelier scene as Jack and Jane Skinny Jean pile in for shots of Jim Beam to prime the night, and music fans retreat to the arcade room in back to play some pinball before a show.
A handful of raised booths offer small groups of young professionals an escape from the sea of bodies, while an alcove near the entrance attracts competitive couples looking to battle it out on old-school arcade tabletops.
Music lovers and dance fiends get their turn around 9pm, when performers ranging from funk and indie rock to dubstep take the intimate raised stage upstairs, the dance floor gets shaking, and the second bar keeps the cocktails flowing. Sweaty revelers in need of a reprieve can duck into the adjacent laser-lit nook, though snagging a seat may prove just as difficult as not getting elbowed on the dance floor.
A popular Mission haunt, Elbo Room continues to pack both its floors with a vibrant scene and energetic crowd – so much so, they even knocked the “w” right out of the name.
Varies depending on musical lineup, though the diverse mix usually includes Mission hipsters, young professionals, the bike messenger set, DJ and music fans, dance lovers, and young tourists from the nearby hostels, 20s to mid-30s.
Live music throughout the week, including funk, indie rock, and acoustic performances. DJs spin regularly, including dubstep, house, and 80s throwbacks. Afrolicious Dance Party on Thursdays, Dub Mission DJ set on Sundays.
Check venue website for schedule. Photo booth. Several old-school arcade games including tabletop Pac-Man, Galaga, and pinball. Eclectic movies projected on the downstairs wall.
No food. Cash only. ATMs on site. Happy Hour daily 5–9pm featuring $2 drafts and $1 off all other drinks.
Cover charge $5–$20, though usually under $10. Beer $3–$6, cocktails $4.50–$7, mixed drinks $5–$7. Coat check $2. Photo booth $5.
Anything goes: skinny jeans, flannel, white t-shirts, grandmother’s sweater, knee-high boots, sundresses, ripped shirts, and whatever passed the smell test in the hamper.
Thursday nights for the Afrolicious dance party, Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest name acts, and Sundays for the Dub Mission DJ set.
Gracias Madre (2211 Mission Street) is a vegan Mexican restaurant perfect for pre-Elbo butternut squash and mushroom tacos and soju margaritas.