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San Francisco Dive Bars In The Era Of The Tech Boom
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San Francisco Dive Bars In The Era Of The Tech Boom

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Updated: 21 November 2016
Best known for being a cultural haven for mom and pop businesses, vintage clothing stores, and dive bars, San Francisco’s tech boom continues to shake up the hipster lifestyle of the Mission District. While the dive bar may be the staple of the Mission, swanky cocktail lounges are fast becoming the new happy hour spot.
Elbo Room © Doug Dosberg/Flickr
Elbo Room | © Doug Dosberg/Flickr

Elbo Room

Adorned with novelty knick knacks along its interior and live music upstairs, Elbo Room is a nostalgic favorite of the neighborhood bars along Valencia Street. Admired for its quirky mishmash of 1940s décor and Greco-Roman design, Elbo Room is truly a sensory experience. Romantically lit with an entrance draped with wine-colored curtains sets the the concert atmosphere found upstairs. Showcasing local bands ranging from indie rock to reggae, live music beckons the neighborhood into this charming venue night after night. It’s no wonder the Mission tops as the most desired area to live in San Francisco.

Elbo Room 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California, USA +1 (415) 552-7788


Delirium is a fun dive bar for a night of retro tunes and rounds of shooting pool with local friends. Recently upgraded with a fresh coat of paint, bare walls, and open tab, Delirium seems to be losing some of the characteristics that makes it a true dive bar. At the same time, it is gaining greater appeal and recognition among the wider public.

Delirium 3139 16th Street, San Francisco, California, USA +1 (415) 552-5525

Delirium © potential past/Flickr
Delirium | © potential past/Flickr

Churchill and ABV

Upscale bars such as Churchill and ABV cater to the new crowd. Their elegant menus offer carefully crafted mezcal cocktails and a refreshing frothy egg-white finish. ABV is a toned down prototype of the Marina bar crawl, which combines the best of both areas. Though indulging in decadent finger foods may leave a dent in your wallet, ABV is a hip alternative to the laid-back Mission bar scene.

Churchill 198 Church Street, San Francisco, USA +1 (415) 570-9198

ABV 3174 16th Street, San Francisco, California, USA +1 (415) 400-4748

Churchill © Melanie Garza/Flickr
Churchill | © Melanie Garza/Flickr