Party Earth Review Although far removed from the Mission’s pulsing nightlife center, The Knockout offers a packed schedule of live entertainment bound to appeal to a variety of true dive lovers. From the logo of a hard-boozing Mexican wrestler... ... read full review
3223 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
BART: 24th Street Mission
MUNI J: Church Street & 29th Street; 30th Street & Dolores Street
Mission, San Francisco –
Although far removed from the Mission’s pulsing nightlife center, The Knockout offers a packed schedule of live entertainment bound to appeal to a variety of true dive lovers.
From the logo of a hard-boozing Mexican wrestler out front to the kitschy interior strewn with neon signs, random photographs, and vintage album covers tacked on lime-green walls, it’s clear the owners don’t take design (or cleaning supplies) very seriously, and instead focus on maintaining their chock-a-block calendar.
Things start off fairly slowly during the midweek Happy Hour (M–Th), except during Thursday’s Bingo night, which tends to be a big draw for groups of friends looking to kick the weekend off early. Chances are good there will even be the odd wily grandma buying too many drinks to get another playing card, but the real crowds don’t show up until 9:30-ish, when funky deck-spinners and loud local bands take to the glittery stage.
Grunge kids, punks, and tube sock-sporting girls arrive in a steady flow, ordering pint-sized margaritas, and piling into the photo booth between trips to the dance floor.
Although the bar’s acoustics would probably make a Dolby technician’s ears bleed, The Knockout’s lively turnout, budget-friendly drinks, and stellar buzz leave unpretentious patrons pleased as punch.
Dive-lovers, hipsters, musicians, curious couples, dance-happy college kids, unpretentious groups looking to rock out, karaoke and bingo fans, tired barflies, old ladies dressed to kill…your eyes, 20s to 30s+.
Live music and/or DJs nightly play everything from punk and metal to funk, hip-hop, and popular 90s hits M–Th and sometimes on weekends from 9:30pm. Check venue website for schedule.
Bingo on Thursdays from 7pm. Oldies Night on Fridays. Sweaterfunk on Sundays.
A few TVs usually tuned to music videos.
No food. Happy hour M–Th 5–8pm. ATM on site.
Cover charge $4–$7 (usually after 9pm, sometimes later, and not every night. Check venue calendar). Beer $2–$5, wine $5, cocktails $5–$8.
Casual: jeans, Doc Martins, shorts, oversized clear-framed glasses, leather jackets, skirts, blouses, sneakers, grungy dresses.
Thursdays for bingo, Fridays to get vintage kicks with Oldies Night, any other night for loud music and a rocking crowd, or when a DJ or band of interest is on the schedule.
Taqueria Cancún (3211 Mission Street) is a colorful Mexican dive right next door that’s been serving big burritos to hungry revelers for years.