El Rio

100% love it
Welcoming and unpretentious patio bar
This lesbian-owned bar hosts popular karaoke nights and local musicians. Their huge backyard patio is the place to be on the weekend.


    • FrancescaF
      FrancescaF Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Dangerous place to visit. People get robbed at gunpoint or assaulted and staff laugh in your face, ignore you asking for help and/ or kick you out! Shame on El Rio!! People be save, think twice before you go there! There are much better bars who respect customers, like Jolene’ s!!!

    • Chaud003
      Chaud003 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      laid back vibe
      On vacation to San Francisco recently this was my favorite bar to visit. In back a jazz trio was performing with people who seemed to enjoy the music and the company of others there. It's not a gay bar , but from what I observed welcoming to gay, lesbian , and straight folks. Also cis , trans, and queer mix. Cool!

    • chrishastings
      chrishastings Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Love this place
      The patio is awesome and the staff is always friendly.

    • Bellatrix
      Bellatrix Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Lezzie lez
      Smokin hot babes. Fun music. Great place to meet new people and take a fantastic lady home :)

    • MoFo63
      MoFo63 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      One Hell of a Dive
      There are only a few places that seem to do it all, appeal to all, and do it well. This is that place. If you're looking for a neighborhood bar, this is the place. If you're looking for an eclectic mix of patrons, gay and straight, this is the place. Hell, even the music varies and appeals to a broad array of people! And the drinks, bartenders and BBQ ain't bad either! Yeah it's in a questionable neighborhood, and the lighting is dim and the bar seems a little rundown but it's a DIVE BAR and it does it well. You're immediately at home with huge cut-outs of Marilyn Monroe and Carmen Miranda and people playing shuffleboard, billiards and just hangin and having fun. But the real deal is the diversity of music. I went with a buddy a few weeks earlier and the DJ was spinning old school (and I do mean old school from the 50's and 60's) Soul Music and the place was jammed packed with 20, 30, 40 & 50 somethings dancing and working up a serious sweat. And yes you could flirt with a cutie and get his/her number - easily! For this visit my buddy and I came to Salsa which did not disappoint. Before the fun started Salsa lessons were available and were done to perfection by two very cool instructors (was one a lesbian?) that made sure you had a blast even if you stepped on your partner's feet over and over. The kick-ass live Salsa band made sure the crowd was always on the floor dancing up a storm and having a blast, no matter how well you danced or how much you sucked at it. Because this bar has SO much to offer they have an online calendar with something that appeals to almost every person on the planet. SMART very SMART. My buddy and I had an incredible time during the Soul and Salsa afternoons and we're checking it out for the next fun trip to the best dive bar in the city!

    • coopscadoop
      coopscadoop Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Hard French is a MUST DO
      Every 1st Sunday all-sexuality party madness. Themed parties with a really diverse crowd, a tasty BBQ, and an old funk jazz DJ spins outside all afternoon for this always tightly-packed SF-style day party. A must-do when in SF. Check it out: http://hardfrench.com

    • JoeFuentes
      JoeFuentes Over a year ago
      Loves it

      real fun vibe
      This is one really cool place. Great mixed crowd on Sundays.

    • Lejonboy
      Lejonboy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      next time at Oct. 2011
      two weeks in Castro...

    • MattTwoTee
      MattTwoTee Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best Outdoor Venue
      In the mission at least! I love El Rio for its eclectic mix of regulars, amazing space, and down to earth attitude!

    • cwokfly
      cwokfly Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great place to cha cha!
      Sunday afternoons are the best! Great live bands, salsa lessons and some really good food all for admission price. Margaritas are lethal so drink carefully!

    • DTracer
      DTracer Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Cheap drinks and shuffleboard!
      This is one of the best hangouts in the city. The back patio is perfect for a sunny afternoon, and for some reason I can't stay away from the shuffleboard after a few drinks. Usually a mixed crowd, so don't be shocked to see straights.

    • Phinpoe
      Phinpoe Over a year ago
      Loves it

      It's a little out there, meaning there's not of other gay options around, but El Rio is pretty much one of the best hangouts in the city if you just want to have fun and spend good times with friends. Like everyone's saying, the best is Salsa Sundays, but do not underestimate how cool it can get on happy hour the rest of the week.

    • andthensome
      andthensome Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fantastic in every way!!
      The sundays down to El Rio are legendary but they also have a gay behind the scenes kind of feel too. They are officially a mixed club but look at the staff and give them a wink and you know you are in the family. El Rio is a wonderful place!

    • Hank
      Hank Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Went here for the first time a few weeks ago and had a great time. The live band playing at that time was fantastic. Salsa music which was totally contagious. It just got into your skin and makes you want to get up and dance. I thought the diversity there was great too. This is what it is all about - gay and straight all getting together and having fun.

    • Taj
      Taj Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best Place in SF on a Sunday afternoon!!
      When the weather's in our favor, El Rio is just about the most beautiful place to be on a Sunday afternoon. You'll find the most amazing group of diverse people, all smiles and love, getting all crazy to some of the best salsa music around. The staff is great and super-friendly. The line can be long on gift days (especially if you hit it after 4pm), but it's always worth the wait. Watch out for those killer margaritas!