El Rio

3158 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94110


As we all know, Covid19 has swept in and shuttered the doors of your neighborhood dive, El Rio, and has taken away all income from our lovely staff.

If you are able, please consider a donation for our staff, click on VISIT WEBSITE link above...

If you’ve ever shared a welcoming smile with our friendly door person, rocked out to a show perfectly mixed by our rad sound folks, had the most delicious margarita served by our lovable barstaff or enjoyed the hard work of the true heroes, our absolutely stellar cleaning crew...please take a minute to kick us a few bucks to help us make it during this mandated shutdown. You could donate the cost of that round of shots you were planning on buying at Daytime Realness. You could donate the dollars you would be using to play a few games of afternoon pool.

100% of the money we receive will be split among ALL of our staff - bar, sound, door, as well as the cleaning crew. This is a tough time for everyone and we know that we are all dealing with added stress, but if you’re able to donate, every dollar will go a long way in helping our crew.

Thank you so much for your support and we can’t wait to be back at the bar serving up a good time for our community!!
Music Venue/Mixed Bar • All Sexualities Welcome
El Rio – A neighborhood Bar, Community Space, Garden and the kind of spot you bring your Mama too!
Est 1978

We open 1p Everyday

Bloody Barry Bar w Infused Vodkas!! Fri-Sun till 5p
Happy Hours: Mondays $1 Tecate 1pm-close| Tue-Fri 1p-8p Well and Draft $5

Be Kind, Be Fabulous, Adopt a Rescue, Be Generous, Be Lovely and Feel Loved!!!

El Rio began her life in 1978 as a Leather Brazilian Gay Bar! Our Papa’s,
Malcolm and Robert ran things until their retirement when the helm passed to The Posse.
We are a LGBTQ+ space who is welcoming to all good people.
We actively invest in communities to promote social change.
We actively invest in our local arts and music scene to give space for artists.
We actively pursue underserved communities in the use of our space.


778 Reviews
January 17, 2020
Dive bar with good beers on tap! $6 for HH. They really do give you a oyster in Friday! It was delicious. The bathroom was also surprisingly clean!!
October 05, 2019
Large bar on Mission in Bernal that always feels like it has something going in. They have pool, shuffleboard, a large outdoor patio, and occasional...
December 14, 2019
Out of all the inclusive LGBTQQ+ bars in SF I've gotta say El Rio is hands down the bar that always backs up its values in terms of inclusivity. This bar...


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Sunday: 2:00 pm - 12:00 am


3158 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94110
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