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Elixir Saloon

Map & Directions 3200 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Bar Food
  • Sun, Sat 12pm-2am, Mon-Fri 3pm-2am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Wheelchair Accessible, Wifi Access
  • Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


SF Weekly's Description

The Hunt-In Club. Swede's. Club Corona. There's allegedly been a bar at this address since the mid-1800s - with the current corner space in operation since just after the 1906 quake - and you can sense some of that history at Elixir. Ornamental antique lamps hang from the deep crimson ceiling, illuminating walls cluttered with framed artwork that reflects the saloon's past, while a vintage dark-wood bar back looks to be older than the age of many clientele combined. And speaking of clientele, Elixir's demographic and atmosphere can change with the hour: it's sunny and bright during the day, then shadowy and candlelit at night, and the crowd can be either raucous and loud or refined and quiet. Some come for the classy artisanal cocktails, served in a manner that made Elixir the city's first "certified green" bar. Others are content to pump money into the digital jukebox, which may play hardcore punk and classic jazz or Top 40 hip-hop and twanging country. If you're not into what's happening at the moment, come back another time. The bar'll still be here. It probably always will.

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Tips from foursquare

  • AskMen on 07/26/10

    Drink green: Elixir has a cornucopia of organic booze behind the bar.

  • Eater on 04/16/13

    Elixir looks like your average, unassuming "saloon," but just take a look at the cocktail list and you'll understand the wizardry that goes on behind the stick.

  • Andrew M. on 04/18/10

    Absinthe with Frangelica

  • Food & Wine on 04/20/11

    H. Joseph Ehrmann creates drinks at this refurbished saloon with seasonal fruit juices, house-made mixers and spirits from Bay Area distillers like Hangar One and No. 209.

  • Ernie G. on 08/20/11

    Do yourself a favor and get your self a great whisky drink. One of my favorite places to get a sazerac in SF.

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