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El Rio

3158 Mission San Francisco, CA 94110 | Mission/ Bernal Heights | 415-282-3325

Location Description:

With moderately priced (and heavily poured) drinks, a sprawling patio, and an intimate stage in a side room, this Mission District destination is a keystone of indie-hipster nightlife. DJs spin everything from country to funk, bands play everything from samba to punk, and the $1 Monday nights are the stuff of legend.


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Details

  • Cuisine(s): Barbecue, Seafood
  • Hours: Sun 1pm-10pm, Mon-Tue 5pm-1am, Wed-Thu, Sat 5pm-2am, Fri 4pm-2am
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Snack Food
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Not Accepted
  • Parking: Street
  • Payment Types: cash
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Wheelchair Accessible

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