Elbo Room – Mission
Like many people, I had mostly experienced Elbo Room as a venue for live music and dj’s. The first time I went there was to see Lords of the Rhymes, (which was actually an amazing show,) and since then I have generally gone to dance up a sweat to 60’s soul records or various local bands. Last night was my first time going to happy hour at Elbo Room, and I absolutely loved it.
Walking in from the bright daylight, at first the bar was simply a black cave, but as my eyes adjusted I was able to take in the fact that the downstairs bar is a great little hideaway. There was a dj downstairs playing some of my favorite records, (including Sparks!) and in addition to the super cheap happy hour specials the bartender was crafting his own specialty cocktails with fresh dill and bitters.
On a Monday evening the bar wasn’t very crowded, and the atmosphere was pleasantly mellow. It was nice having a chance to take in the details of the bar without the weekend’s normal frantic crowd.
For entertainment Elbo Room has a decent selection of games, including my favorite classic video game and my second favorite pinball game, Galaga and Elvira’s Scared Stiff respectively. Their photo booth is also pretty sweet, with options to take photos in color or black and white.
Overall, Elbo Room is a great place for happy hour, and the best part is the drink specials last until 9:00.
San Francisco, CA 94110