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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.
w/ DJs Carnita, Brown Amy, Pink Lightning, Rapid Fire, and Marcella
Heklina, DJ Carnita, and Stanley Frank chaperone naughty drag performances by Jupiter, Holotta Tymes, Mahlae Balenciaga, and Grace Towers.
No other sexually ambiguous club night wears its Kierkegaardian handle quite as well as Gay/Not Gay. Guests walking into El Rio on a Monday evening...
Nothing exercises the hammies and knees like a brisk bicycle ride. Combined with a hearty off-trail shag or blow break, that is. If the benefits of this alterna-biathlon have heretofore escaped your notice, take a gander at Bike Smut, the... More »
Mondays get a bad rap. It's a day often associated with depression, anxiety, and melancholy in pop culture. Think of "Monday, Monday" by the Mamas & the Papas, "Manic Monday" by the Bangles, and of course the memetastic "Sounds like somebody's... More »
Constanza Ortiz of Maite Catering pretended to glare at me when I liken arepas to pupusas. She is quick to distinguish between the arepas of her home country, Colombia, and the similar Salvadorean sna... More »
Next Monday, June 11, comedian and producer Lisa Geduldig comes to El Rio in the Mission with Gay Comedy Night, an early hat-tip to the Pride that is set to sweep the Bay Area in a couple of weeks. Ge... More »
Unique for its sunlight, but also for the crowd it draws in said sunlight, this takes-all-kinds daytime dance party has developed a reputation for hotness and more hotness. Ever-changing costume themes have included slasher-and-surf-film attire, drag, and more, but the music -- provided by DJs Brown Amy and Carnita -- is always soul and the refreshments are always beer and BBQ (for $15, you can guzzle and munch all day). There is nothing particularly French about this party, but... More »
By Matthew StaffordThe only thing more wonderful than a sunny day in San Francisco is a sunny day in San Francisco with a drink in your hand, and for a town as chronically windswept and foggy as this one, there are an awful lot of patio-, garden-, and sundeck-equipped saloons to choose from. Over the past few years we've trumpeted the breezy, boozy pleasures of Pier 23, Enrico's, the Bambuddha Lounge, the Bocce Café, Zeitgeist, and the Rosewood; here are a few more sun-drenched... More »
Pulling a mambo on El Rio's luxuriant back patio on a balmy Mission evening is probably the closest thing in San Francisco to a night in old Havana. The festivities begin every Sunday with free salsa lessons at 3:15 p.m., then at 4 la orquestra de noche (Tito Garcia y Son de Cuba and Benny Velarde y Su Super Combo are perpetual favorites) sets up its congas and timbales and everyone hits the dance floor. The mood is fun and festive, the floor moves are often impressive, and the crowd is a... More »
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